Inspiration from “The Gift”



I’ve been furiously scribbling quotes from the book “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World” by Lewis Hyde for a few days now, ever since I finished it and told my friend Gretchen that I’d give it back to her… here’s a few:
“The eye sees what it has been given to see by concrete circumstances, and the imagination reproduces what, by some related gift, it is able to make alive.” -Flannery O’connor

“Men and women who dedicate their lives to the realization of their gifts tend the office of that communion by which we are joined to one another, to our times, to our generation, and to the (human) race…These creations are not merely symbols, they do not ‘stand for’ the larger self; they are its necessary embodiment, a language without which it would have no life at all.”

“The gift is to the giver, and comes back most to him–it cannot fail…”-Walt Whitman

“In the world of gift, …you not only can have your cake and eat it too, you can’t have your cake unless you eat it…with the gift, as in love, our satisfaction sets us at ease because we know that somehow its use at once assures us of its plenty.”

This book is about “the value of creativity and its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun by commodities.”


One thought on “Inspiration from “The Gift”

  1. i’ve always wanted to have my cake and i’ve never been able not to eat my cake…abundance, the dance of life.

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