“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.”
— Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), American mythologist and Professor of Literature; author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)
Note — These images were obtained from the Joseph Campbell Foundation website.
— Elizabeth Gilbert (b. 1969), American author
Source text is Big Magic (2015), p. 247
One of my favorite TED talks is Gilbert’s Your elusive creative genius, which was recorded in February 2009. If you possess even a shred of interest in the subject of creativity, you will benefit from watching her 19-minute talk. Elizabeth Gilbert is such a dear, genuine, and inspiring figure. One day I hope to meet her.
Note — This image of Gilbert was obtained from the TED website.
— Walt Whitman (1819-1892), “Song of Myself” (1855 edition), lines 466-467
Regardless of your feelings about poetry, I think you can’t help but smile when one of America’s most pioneering literary voices admits that he is not all unicorns and rainbows. In his free-verse epic “Song of Myself,” Whitman readily acknowledges his mischievous dark side, too. The phrase “poet of wickedness” is delightfully sinister.
This photo of the then thirty-five-year-old poet, which was taken in 1854, was obtained from the Library of Congress website.
— Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” (1855 edition), lines 1314-1316
(My thanks go to MH for gifting me a beautiful hardbound copy of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Several years after its receipt, it still stands proudly on my bookshelf.)
Note — This image was obtained from the American Academy of Poets website.