Friday, September 18, 2015

"The Art Of -" How Words Can Be Their Own Music...

I've shared the world of Imagery with you, primarily by way of  music, in these blogs. And as you know, I often delve into other forms of human creativity as well.
Why not touch upon  the blend of words, rather than music this time around?
Here are some of my favorite examples of  creative giants among us:

"True terror is upon awakening, and realizing that the country is being run by your high school class."
Kurt Vonnegut

"Every old person has a young person inside who wonders what happened."
Terry Pratchett

"Karl Marx was right. Socialism does work. It's just that he chose the wrong species."
Edward  O. Wilson, naturalist. One of the world's authorities on the social network of  ant colonies.

"What we have learned from history is that we have not learned from history."
Benjamin Disraeli

"Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you'd stay out and your dog would go in."
Mark  Twain

"T.V. is very educational. The moment someone turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book."
Groucho Marx

"There is nothing to be learned from the second kick of a mule."
Mark Twain

And  what about some examples of pure humor, without any philosophical weight attached?
The great comedian, Stan Laurel, of the immortal Laurel and Hardy  team attaining world-wide fame during  the second and third decades of the 20th century, first had become a protege of Charlie Chaplin before he came to America, and was, in actuality, the genius behind the famous series this culture knew so well some eighty years ago. His unique sense of color in the form  of humor was so pure that his statements were inculcated into most  of the scripts  surrounding that pristine form of  his utterance. For instance:
In one of the films, he is a kind of detective looking for a young lady by the name of Mary Roberts. Well into the story, his frustration is measured by his approaching a  lass he had never before seen, demanding an answer to " I want to know why you are not Mary Roberts!"
or,
In another movie, he had just met a person he had not seen in twenty years, and ejaculated "do you remember how dumb I used to be? Well, I'm better now."
or,
His most poignant statement came after an assiduously deep conversation with his partner Oliver Hardy about the mysteries of Life. After a pregnant pause, Stan Laurel  fastens his bleary, vacant  eyes directly onto the camera, emits a deep but gentle sigh and informs us that "life isn't short enough."
Just a few of my favorites concerning another creative form that human genius can and does  drop into our hands...

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