Friday, June 19, 2009

Pearl S. Buck - a truly creative mind

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To her…a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, her very breath is cut off from her. She must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency she is not really alive unless she is creating.
Pearl S. Buck, novelist, Nobel laureate

4 comments:

Peter said...

My teacher on Contemporary English literature at Antwerp University once mentioned (I'm not quoting here, it's been many years):

"Some of the most creative minds in the English literature were very sensitive people. Some were hard working craftsmen with a special gift, but at present many have evolved into concept writers with an eye on the sales targets".

A pleasure to notice you discovered Jane.

Di Mackey said...

I'm glad I found Jane too, she's a wee bit of a goddess. I find my mind is great for photography and writing but it's not the most organised when I have multiple projects on, Peter.

V-Grrrl said...

I've been fortunate to call Jane a friend, and she is, unquestionably, one of the very best writers I've discovered on the Web.

Di Mackey said...

Indeed, you introduced her to me, Ms V :) Thanks.