Something Wonderful

I came across this passage in The Moon and Six Pence by W. Somerset Maugham:

“Why should you think that beauty, which is the most precious thing in the world, lies like a stone on the beach for the careless passer-by to pick up idly? Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has made it, it is not given to all to know it. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the artist. It is a melody that he sings to you, and to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination.”

 

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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2 Responses to Something Wonderful

  1. Bing Chang says:

    SOMEHOW I AM THINKING ABOUT “GRACE”, TOO:

    “Why should you think that grace, which is the most precious thing in the world, lies like a stone on the beach for the careless passer-by to pick up idly? Grace is something wonderful and strange that humanity discovers out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has savored it, it is not given to all to know it. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the Creator. It is a melody that He sings to you, and to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and humility.”

  2. Hi Bing,

    What an inspired idea! Thanks so much for sharing this innovative
    idea and your beautiful substitutions. “Grace” is a magical quality.

    Write on,
    Karin

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