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“All of us have emotions urgently seeking release, and many of us have opinions we think would do the world some good; however, the poet must also be a maker, as the Greeks maintained, and, like the sculptor, like every other artist, should aim at adding real beings to the world, beings fully realized, not just things like tools and haberdashery that nature has neglected to provide, or memos and laws that society produces in abundance.” — William H. Gass, “Auguste Rodin,” from A Temple of Texts

Published inLit & CritWilliam H. Gass

4 Comments

  1. I had to read this quote several times for what he said to really sink in. Now that it does I want to tape it to my wall.

    • I just dropped by your blog. It looks like you’re adding real beings to the world. Congratulations on your representation. I am so envious I’ve spontaneously invented a new green.

  2. I hope they’re coming into the world. It’s one thing to get an agent, another thing to sell the book. But this is a huge step in the right direction so I’m excited to be getting closer.

    (Please don’t make me start calling you Kermit.)

    • It is a huge step. It is in the right direction. Looks pretty good from here.

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