Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Abraham Joshua Heschel

It is the sense of the sublime that we have to regard as the root of man's creative activities in art, thought and noble living.  Just as no flora has ever fully displayed the hidden vitality of the earth, so has no work of art ever brought to expression the depth of the unutterable, in the sight of which the souls of saints, poets and philosophers live.

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Only those who live on borrowed words believe in their gift of expression.  A sensitive person knows that the intrinsic, the most essential, is never expressed.

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[from Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion (Noonday, 1979), p. 4]