Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason. Poets do not go mad; but chess players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. … The general fact is simple. Poetry is sane because it floats easily in an infinite sea; reason seeks to cross the infinite sea, and so make it finite. The result is mental exhaustion, like the physical exhaustion of Mr. Holbein. To accept everything is an exercise, to understand everything a strain. The poet only desires exaltation and expansion, a world to stretch himself in. The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits.

-G.K.Chesterton, Orthodoxy

I actually have things to write, many of them, some of an urgent and distressing nature. But I can’t at the moment, as my head is busy splitting.

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2 Responses to Stuck

  1. mab says:

    I think Chesterton is an amazing writer. Great quote as well… it relieves me of the strain of worry over one day going insane. I’m far too random, irrational, and unreasonable.

    Speaking of random, I was totally convinced last week that I saw you on Family Feud. Same name and she looked like you. Well, except for the fact that she was wearing a big fur hat and a plaid shirt. (It was Halloween dress-up week. Her family was dressed up like lumberjacks.) But, it wasn’t you. Obviously. Or you would have blogged about it.

    But, she was quite clever, like you. So, you have a same-named clever doppelganger in Minnesota. Dressed like a lumberjack.

  2. GeekLady says:

    I cannot believe I’ve never read anything by him before. I feel positively betrayed by an educational system that would let anyone get to age 18 without reading something by him.

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