Thursday, December 18, 2008

Aim for the impossible

If you can do it then why do it?
Gertrude Stein


Cécile said...

Very interesting question.
I met a buddhist woman once, she told me she had met the man of her dreams, but had to decide whether she would go into the relationship or not, because she knew everything about it already... it just sounded so strange to me!
For artists, the question is extra-interesting: if one does not try new things all the time, somehow they loose the special thing that makes them an artist - and become mere makers. Or at least this is how I understand it. What do you think?

thinker said...

I agree with you,Cécile. I think that artists must always reach for the unreachable with their work.
Arthur C. Clarke said that the only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
I have read a quote somewhere:"To get what we've never had, we must do what we've never done." And that often seems impossible, but it's not, it's just untried.


Beautiful quotation! I love her sentence "We cannot retrace our steps, going forward may be the same as going backwards."
Nice Advent, nice weekend.

thinker said...

What an excellent thought, i like it very much, it got me thinking.
We spend so many time of our lives going backwards and going in circles. I guess we must be aware of that, and keep walking towards our dreams with that risk. And then, even if we are going backwards or in circles - we will actually move forward.
There's a great quote: Throw your heart in front of you, and chase it!

Robyn said...

Lots of food for thought here, both in the quote and the comments.
"Even if we are going backwards or in circles - we will actually move forward"....This is so true but often we only realize it in retrospect. We often need to go backwards to secure our footing before going forward again.

thinker said...

Yes, i always liked to watch at life like a compression spring, a helix, a spiral curve stretched in three-space. So we actually are going up and in circles at the same time.