Wednesday, December 14, 2016


The Urge to Create

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957), "What Do We Believe?" Unpopular Opinions (1946; rpt. London: Victor Gollancz, 1951), pp. 17-20 (at 18):
The men who create with their minds and those who create (not merely labour) with their hands will, I think, agree that their periods of creative activity are those in which they feel right with themselves and the world. And those who bring life into the world will tell you the same thing. There is a psychological theory that artistic creation is merely a "compensation" for the frustration of sexual creativeness; but it is more probable that the making of life is only one manifestation of the universal urge to create. Our worst trouble today is our feeble hold on creation. To sit down and let ourselves be spoon-fed with the ready-made is to lose our grip on our only true life and our only real selves.

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