Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Thought Du Jour

Werner von Braun died on Thursday, June 16, 1977. He was 65 years old. In his wallet was found a clipping, yellowed with age and barely readable for all the handling it had received in the end. It was from Pearl Buck:

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: a human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To them, a touch is a 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 building or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off from them. They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.
       -- Charles R. Pellegrino, "Chariots for Apollo"

1 comment:

the saint said...

loved this one!

maybe its the thinness of the 'skin' around the mind that allows for easy creativity and sensitivity alike