Sunday, July 23, 2006

Two quotes

Artists are not like other people.
They let their feelings run away with them.
Then they run away from their feelings.

Ginger Rogers in "Lucky Partners" with Ronald Coleman (1940)

Aristotle - Poetics

Choses action over mere secondary qualities as the chief dynamic source of energy in a drama.

Tragedy is essentially an imitation not of persons but of action and life, of happiness and misery. All human happiness or misery takes the form of action; the end for which we live is a certain kind of activity, not a quality. Character gives us qualities, but it is in our actions – what we do – that we are happy or the reverse.


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