Quote of the Day: I.B. Singer

The pessimism of the creative person is not decadence but a mighty passion for the redemption of man. While the poet entertains he continues to search for eternal truths, for the essence of being. In his own fashion he tries to solve the riddle of time and change, to find an answer to suffering, to reveal love in the very abyss of cruelty and injustice. Strange as these words may sound I often play with the idea that when all the social theories collapse and wars and revolutions leave humanity in utter gloom, the poet – whom Plato banned from his Republic – may rise up to save us all.

From I.B. Singer’s 1978 Noble Prize lecture. To read the entire speech click here.

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One response to “Quote of the Day: I.B. Singer

  1. Great article. I like this statement:

    “In their despair a number of those who no longer have confidence in the leadership of our society look up to the writer, the master of words. They hope against hope that the man of talent and sensitivity can perhaps rescue civilization.”

    I’ve often wondered whether a writer will ever again spark a new philosophical or political movement in the way that past writers have done. Since the eyes and ears (t.v. and pop culture) now dominate culture more than ideas (books), I wonder if it’s possible.

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