Quote #628 - Publicly Private #PubliclyPrivate
21 Jul, 2014
"Avarice over-rates the difference between poverty and riches; ambition, that between a private station and a public station; vain-glory, that between obscurity and extensive reputation."
"Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.... Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what they know in private."
"All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret."
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Art makes the private public,
makes the secret public,
with shape and form,
image, color, and harmony.
Writers, composers, painters, sculptors
can do their work in private,
then expose it to the world--
expose themselves to the world, yet not--
in shape, form, image, color, harmony.
Actors, singers, dancers, comedians
are private in public,
exposed--in character or not--
but in the moment,
for all to experience with them
their fiercest pain,
their wildest pleasure,
all their deepest passions
Artists make the private public,
make the secret public,
even if it is not their secret.