Without being a 'smart ass', a lens does not inspire me one bit. It is the subject that does. Only then I pick a lens to represent the best aspect of the subject.
It's true that most of the time the subject should be what inspires us, but it's also true that a lens can too. Sometimes it's very fun to grab only a "creative" lens when I'm walking out the door to challenge myself to see what I can come up with...something like a tilt-shift or an extreme wide angle lens (Sigma 12-24 on full-frame). I n this way the lens inspires the photographer to try something they ordinarily wouldn't.