Quote by Wendell Phillips
You can always get the truth from an American statesman after he has turned seventy, or given up all hope of the Presidency.
This quote suggests that American statesmen tend to speak more honestly and openly about their perspectives and experiences once they have reached the age of seventy or have abandoned any aspirations of becoming president. It implies that the pursuit of power and the desire for the highest office may lead politicians to be guarded or less truthful in their public statements before reaching this point. However, once they are no longer under the pressure of political ambitions, they feel freer to express their true thoughts and attitudes.
The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: a human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him, a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create - so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.