Monday, November 2, 2009

There are, it seems, two muses:

Wendell Berry "There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say "It is yet more difficult than you thought." This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings."


Sister Creek Potter said...

Lee, very nice quote. I don't know "Moreus". Can you tell me about the reference. I've long been a fan of Wendell Berry so this is a nice re-acquaintance. And who is Amy? Gay Judson

Lee Love said...

Haha! Sorry Gay! I copied the quote from my Facebook page and it included the "read More" alert. You can click on the link, Amy's quotes page is where I found the quote.