Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

“A certain disdainful generosity…”

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G.K. Chesterton

Very delicate, slender, and bizarre talents are indeed incapable of being used for an outside purpose, whether of public good or private gain. But about very great and rich talent there goes a certain disdainful generosity which can turn its hand to anything. Minor poets cannot write to order; but very great poets can write to order. The larger the man’s mind, the wider his scope of vision, the more likely it will be that anything suggested to him will seem significant and promising; the more he has a grasp of everything the more ready he will be to write anything. It is very hard (if that is the question) to throw a brick at a man and ask him to write an epic; but the more he is a great man the more able he will be to write about the brick. It is very unjust (if that is all) to point to a hoarding of Colman’s mustard and demand a flood of philosophical eloquence; but the greater the man is the more likely he will be to give it to you.

G.K. Chesterton

Written by nevalalee

April 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

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  1. i’m so generous i’m poor, amen

    bwcarey

    April 12, 2014 at 9:09 am

  2. I know how that feels sometimes.

    nevalalee

    April 14, 2014 at 6:54 pm


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