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William Blake on invention and execution

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Death mask of William Blake

No man can improve an original invention, nor can an original invention exist without execution organized and minutely delineated and articulated either by God or man…I have heard many people say, “Give me the ideas; it does not matter what words you put them into,” and others say, “Give me the design; it is no matter for the execution.” These people knew enough of artifice but little of art. Ideas cannot be given but in their minutely appropriate words. Nor can a design be made without its minutely appropriate execution.

William Blake

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March 15, 2015 at 9:00 am

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