Wednesday 18 March 2009

Sayings That Make Me Blink - Joan Lennon

Isn't it great when you stumble across a quote that makes you draw breath! Like the one by William Morris I found when I was looking for something else. This is what he said:

"If a chap can't compose an epic poem while he's weaving tapestry he had better shut up."

It's the sheer, outrageous, well-of-course-we're-creative-don't-make-a-fuss-just-get-on-with-it-ness of it that makes me want to cheer. Yes - we are meant to be creative - it's the way we're built - stop talking about it and getting doing it!

Well, I talk about it lots - I'm talking about it now! And I spent some time looking at Google Images of gorgeous Morris tapestries. To be fair, I should also spend some time checking out the guy's poetry (which I don't know at all) but you know what - I don't think I will. I think I'll just go and get on!

Does anybody out there have any sayings about this strange job of ours that made them blink? I'd love to hear them!

P.S. I got the picture of the Morris tapestry from a site called - thanks for it!


Nick Green said...

This is my personal favourite, Joan:

“A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” – Thomas Mann

Anonymous said...

Here's one. "Writing is nothing more than a guided dream." - Jorge Luis Borges

Elen C said...

This, shamelessly lifted from editorial anonymous' blog:

"To paraphrase G. K. Chesterton,
We don't tell children stories to teach them that there are dragons. Children know there are dragons; they meet them every day. We tell children stories to teach them that dragons can be slain."