A quote for your Sunday

Some days I feel like being an artist is a curse, a long winding road of failure and rejection. And on those days, I hold on to this quote:Image

“If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts.

I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.

Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.

Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem.

Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country, 2005

Any art is creation. What is more wonderful than that?

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10 comments on “A quote for your Sunday

  1. “Any art is creation. What is more wonderful than that?” —

    I don’t know…but the memory of my mother’s banana pudding is VERY close. *smile*

    (Lovely post!! Thank you for your insights on doing what we do no matter what.)

  2. Thank you for this! It’s so easy for me to forget in the struggle to “make things work” in the “real world” that the art itself is the reward. Monetary gain is just a potential pleasant side effect.

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