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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, 
a refining of the sense of truthfulness. 
The stupid believe that to be truthful 
is easy; only the artist...knows how difficult it is.
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WILLA CATHER
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2 comments:

ralph said...

I am struggling with this quote. I can agree with the first line, especially “refining of the sense of truthfulness”. Refinement of truth is not, by my view, just the purview of the artist, unless we cast a broader definition of the “artist” beyond those just involved in “art”. So from this perspective then, Willa Cather’s use of the word “stupid” is for me objectionable. Truth can be easy as generally being truthful should also be easy. Refining and perhaps capturing truth in an art form, this I can see to be tough. As I said, I am struggling with this quote. What am I not seeing here?

ralph said...

...and today I am suddenly exposed to the truth in this statement.