“If you have anything to say, anything you feel nobody has ever said before, you have got to feel it so desperately that you will find some way to say it that nobody has ever found before, so that the thing you have to say and the way of saying it blend as one matter—as indissolubly as if they were conceived together.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
I came across this on brainpickings.org. I read it and it struck me, so I wanted to share it.
I think writers, artists, and really anyone wanting to do something great and impactful sometimes get caught up in thinking that “there’s nothing new under the sun” or “there’s nothing you can do that can’t be done,” et cetera. (The Bible and The Beatles – it’s not the first time they’ve been quoted together.) And these thoughts lead to self-doubt and a questioning of whether what they are doing is really worthwhile or as revolutionary as they may at first have thought. But Fitzgerald reminds us – them, I mean 😉 – that it is possible to surprise people, to experience and communicate things in a unique way.
*I am tempted to go on a metaphysical tangent here, but I’ll rein myself in and maybe do it some other time. *
I just wanted to share this quote with you so as to provide some encouragement to all you writers, artists, and world-changers out there.