Kathleen Norris on Creativity, artistic genius

By | January 12, 2014

“It doesn’t help that others often encourage artists to think of themselves as more special, sensitive, ‘creative’ than other mortals. This is false doctrine. There is but one creator, and ‘creating’ is the very thing that artists cannot do. The gifts of the human imagination that artists employ operate equally in science and scholarship, teaching and philosophy, business and mathematics, ranching, preaching, engineering, mothering and fathering. Still, it can’t be denied that artists interact strongly with their world, and that there is a measure of suffering involved as they come to a mature understanding of their communal role.”

— Kathleen Norris in The Cloister Walk

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