“The riskiness of Art, the reason why it affects us, is not the riskiness of its subject matter, it is the risk of creating a new way of seeing, a new way of thinking… The rebellion of art is a daily rebellion against the state of living death routinely called real life.”
from Art Objects, a collection of essays by Jeanette Winterson
“When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time. You’d be shocked at how many adults are really dead inside—walking through their days with no idea who they are, just waiting for a heart attack or cancer or a Mack truck to come along and finish the job. It’s the saddest thing I know.”—
SPEAK, by Laurie Halse Anderson (aka moi)
The character who says this is the art teacher, Mr. Freeman. He is sort of my mouthpiece throughout the story.
According to Amazon, this is the most highlighted passage of the Kindle edition of the book.
“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”—Kurt Vonnegut