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  • Writer's pictureReuven Sherwin

Two Quotes-of-the-Day (from Jubal Harshaw)

Growing up, Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) was one of my favorite authors (and still is).

If I'm not mistaken, I have a printed (!) copy of every book or novel he ever published.

In one of his most known books, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), which I recently re-read. In the books, Heinlein introduced the character of Jubal Harshaw, in re-reading the book, I re-fell-in-love with two of Harshaw's statement, which I chose to quote today.

He said about Love that it is

"a subjective condition in which the welfare and happiness of another person are essential to one's own happiness"

And on Art and the mastery of Art, he said:

Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist - a master - can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is, and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be.”

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