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I want to say that friendship can inspire a lot, using a rhetorical question. Is the following question correct?

What better way to get inspired than by accompanying a good friend?

  • Yes that's fine. – Michael Rader Sep 19 '15 at 11:55
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    What better way to ask a rhetorical question? – John Lawler Sep 19 '15 at 14:01
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Yes, that's fine. One could pick at it, suggesting that, maybe, "gain inspiration" would be better than "be inspired", or that "with the company of a good friend" would work better than "by accompanying a good friend", but those are judgment calls, and apt to be influenced by the wider "poetic voice" that's influencing your work.

As it is, you've got a pretty good grasp of the basic idea. You can work from there.

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Depending on context, that could work. The phrase as is now does not. Firstly, the

get inspired

should be changed to

be inspired

Since you're not really 'getting' anything --> that is quite an active verb, rather you are, more passively, being inspired.

Secondly, to

accompany a good friend

...by extension, implies that friendship was already established. You say that you want to tell people that friendship inspires and this works with it, but I think what you are trying to say is that the creation of friendship inspires (this to me makes more sense -- again I am assuming some context here since your question is quite ambiguous). So for this part I would change it to

make some good friends

Then the overall statement would be:

What better way to be inspired than to make some good friends?

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    Accompanying a friend is a completely different activity from making friends. You're changing the meaning of his sentence, not just correcting the way it's worded. – Barmar Sep 20 '15 at 3:05
  • @Barmar Quite. It should really be an edit, as this example is far more natural. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 19 '15 at 15:40

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