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“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-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-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…and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply imprisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart…no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn’t matter to you and me – we were never meant to be admired – but it does to them.”
― Robert A. Heinlein

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I love this quote about the artist’s place in society but what about you – do you see yourself as the artist? What do you see when you encounter an object or a person – do you see that object or its potential? Do you see a person or who they could become? And what about when write in your journal – do you remember the little events or the stories you will create out of the cumulative moments? When you look in the mirror – do you see your past, your present or your future? And what do you do with that picture once you’ve stepped away from the mirror and back into your life?

These may just be thoughts to ponder but feel free to share your comments below if you’d like. Have a great weekend.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. I am not an artist but I also love this quote. I’m a big believer in seeing who the young person is inside an old person. Great post!

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  2. Great post. I often look at things to see potential, what might have been, what could be. I try to incorporate thinking and thoughts into my everyday life. I know that sounds odd, but sometimes we just run on autopilot. This morning when I was running errands, I stopped at a corner even though I clearly saw the the cross street was blocked to traffic….

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  3. Kay says:

    Love love love this quote! “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-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-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” Words give me chills I swear.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      When I was in college, I took an art history course and did a study of Rodin’s work. One that really left an impression on me was a sculpture of a wrinkled old woman that he entitled “She who was the helmet maker’s beautiful wife”. I still cry at his representation of the change that can happen with age.

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