are sometimes inordinately affected by a statement we read by D.H.
Lawrence, Mark Twain, Aldous Huxley, J.R. Tolken et al, and a single
sentence or phrase can set us into ideas that may remain stamped in us
even if they never lead to a definitive work. Decades ago, I read a
single 12-word sentence by Friedrich Nietzsche in a printed work that
was so devastating, I never repeated to anyone and was gratified when I
Googled and didn’t find a digital version of it; I implore it to remain
These are among the parts that sum us up, and in some cases define our direction. If we are an idealist, we may ask ourselves, was Mother Teresa correct when she said we should see every person we meet as Jesus Christ, or was Lord Shiva correct when he said that when we see someone we should be so emphatic we become that person? Although they seem to present two different concepts, could they both be correct? In other words, can we see every person as Jesus Christ and also become that Jesus Christ? Or does what Michael Stipe said, that “all these fantasies come flailing around” apply to these Teresa and Shiva statements, draining them of their real-world veridical legitimacy? Do we need to resolve such questions to push forward into idealistic writing?
A scrupulous use of quotes from famous writers can spice up our writing because they seem more credible than the same statement from an unknown person, but we have to be scrupulous and not just assume a source and credibility. Recently while lunching with my honey she quoted Gandhi about “blind and toothless” and I quoted Oscar Wilde about declaring his genius at customs, but later I Googled both quotes and we may have both been misinformed. The citing of “blind and toothless” was first uttered as early as 1914 before Gandhi before he returned to India and became a philosophical giant, and there’s no proof that Wilde said this at New York customs as is reported.
None of this does a writer any good who hasn’t read widely and found out what these personalities have to offer, nor is it necessary to know about them in all cases. William Faulkner was well versed in the great writers of times past but ultimately produced his own signature prose that was compelling without references to works by Monstesquieu, Whitman or Plath or idealism of any sort. He chose instead of focus on characters that he invented who were based on life around him in a Southern state.
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