28 Nov

Emma Goldman, Oscar Wilde, “If it looks like art…”

There is good reason to start from the beginning if you’re interested in making something worth making. Who was it that originally said “If it looks like art then it’s probably somebody elses art”. The web searches are telling me it’s Chuck Close, but I am so certain that I read that from Matisse or Picasso first.

Emma Goldman – Anarchism – What It Really Stands For – Anarchism and Other Essays

“A practical scheme, says Oscar Wilde, is either one already in existence, or a scheme that could be carried out under the existing conditions; but it is exactly the existing conditions that one objects to, and any scheme that could accept these conditions is wrong and foolish. The true criterion of the practical, therefore, is not whether the latter can keep intact the wrong or foolish; rather is it whether the scheme has vitality enough to leave the stagnant waters of the old, and build, as well as sustain, new life.”

From the 1917 edition of Emma Goldman’s Anarchism and Other Essays