Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. When we really listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other. We are constantly being re-created.
I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten, – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.
I learned…that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.
Topics: Solitude, To Be Born Everyday, Creativity, One Step at a Time, Instincts
Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. You can see that when you think how the friends that really listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius as though it did us good, like ultraviolet rays.
Think of yourself as an incandescent power, lluminated and perhaps forever talked to by God and his messengers.
We start out in our lives as little children, full of light and the clearest vision.
The only way to become a better writer is to become a better person.
So you see, imagination needs coddling—long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.
everyone who is human has something to express. Try not expressing yourself for twenty-four hours and see what happens. You will nearly burst. You will want to write a long letter, or draw a picture, or sing, or make a dress or a garden.
Topics: Humanity, Communication
It is only by expressing all that is inside that purer and purer streams come.
These people who are always briskly doing something and as busy as waltzing mice, they have little, sharp, staccato ideas, such as: “I see where I can make an annual cut of $3.47 in my meat budget.” But they have no slow, big ideas.
Topics: Ideas, Thinking
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