Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Originality

"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to."


— Jim Jarmusch

hmmmm...still pondering this quote. My lovely daughter sent it to me.

4 comments:

  1. Such an interesting quote. I understand why he used the word "steal", but I think if someone was writing that piece with a different, more gentle, energy, they could use words like "absorb" and "gather" also. It is so true. I especially like the end quote.

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  2. WOW! very thought provoking! It will stay with me for some time

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  3. Sarah, I agree. I was bothered by the word "steal" as well. We cannot help but be influenced by each other. Everything has an origin.

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  4. I love Jim Jarmusch. Somehow this quote is all the more poignant because it comes from him. Thanks for pointing in this direction. That is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today.

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