"What makes for great art
is the courage
to speak and write and paint
what you know and care about."
All one can do is to achieve
to be what one is
with all one's faculties and perceptions,
strengthened by all the skill which one
And then to stand before the judgement of time."
The place where I had freedom
was when I painted.
I was completely and utterly myself.
It was more than a profession.
It was even
for there I just told it as it was.
It takes a lot of courage in life
to tell it how it is."
"Creative action plays with the unknown.
as the child fears the dark,
full of big dogs and mental monsters
formed from fantasies,
the adult child will
be fearful too,
faced with the dark world of the unknown mind,
with vast concepts looking enormous
the front yard.
Peering out, he sees no parents
in the darkness of that land
where he has never been.
unknown is uncontrolled,
no strategies exist that will enclose
the endless territory of the new.
in yourself and in this world
can carry you past the watchdogs of your fears
and out of the iron gates of the already-known."
What has to be given up
is not the I, as most mystics suppose:
this I is indispensable for any relationship,
including the highest,
always presupposes an I and You.
What has to be given up is not the I
but that drive for self-affirmation
impels man to flee
from the unreliable, unsolid, unlasting,
unpredictable, dangerous world of relation
having of things."
|A Tribute to the Individualist
What is to give light must endure burning.
"the artist lives in an atmosphere
"This fundamental truth of the self can be realised
only if the individual is willing and courageous enougn to follow to some natural conclusion this moment of experience,
facing the unknown and participating with the total committment of the self.
Such expresison, such passion for life
may emerge in written, spoken, graphic
or asethetic forms in relation or in isolation;
in I-Thou enounters; and
in silent, inner experience.
A compassionate willingess is required -
as is the courage to live before the fact,
before the understanding,
before any rational support or certainty,
to live the moment to its natual peak and
and to accept with dignity whatever joy, grief,
misfortune, or unexpectedness occurs."
us, burns into us, changes us,
we tremble and swoon, we submit.
Creation - we participate in it,
offer ourselves to him,
helpers and companions."
"The act of writing
something in common
with the act of love.
at this most productive moment,
gives of that which is uniquely himself,
he makes himself naked.
Recording his nakedness in the written word.
lies some of the terror
freezes a writer.
"Sidney M. Jourard
"The outside wold pressures you into a mold,
but if you don't accept that - you gamble with life.
Call it gambling.
You know when I decided to become prefessional
that means to expose yourself naked to the world
with the other creative minds,
I said, "I'm going into
areas I don't know.
I might just fall right down to hell and kill myself."
And I said, "Well, who cares?
rather do it and see what it's all about."
I don't want the safe way.
The safe way limits you."