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Judith Groch

  • A person who neglects his destiny, whose life ticks on without enthusiasm and a staunch appetite for living, who has never been enchanted by his own passions and desires, is cut from defective cloth.

  • The untutored child possesses two qualities which are always preserved in the mature artist: imagination, and the ability to encounter his own feelings.

  • Words are name tags which save us the trouble of thinking about the objects or ideas which they represent. Here exactly lies their capacity for mischief.

  • ... the development of society and culture depends upon a changing balance, maintained between those who innovate and those who conserve the status quo. Relentless, unchecked, and untested innovation would be a nightmare. ... If repetition and rigidity are the dark side of the conservative coin, loyalty and stability are its bright side.

  • ... the best time to handle an emergency is before it becomes one.

  • Copywriters may struggle to distill their messages of enthusiasm in bright prose and snappy slogans, but the one word favored by advertisers over the years, is still the old word new.

  • It is always easier, however, to manipulate the child to fit the theory than to adjust the theory to suit the child — provided, of course, one is very careful not to look at the child.

  • Necessity need not be the mother of invention, but today invention becomes the mother of necessity. Our affluent society is preoccupied with the production and compulsive consumption of material goods we have been taught to want.

  • Cannibalism and human sacrifice are uncivilized. Yet our Western materialistic culture condones social cannibalism as a necessary sacrifice to society's collective appetite which, spurred by ambition and fear, demands that we devour whatever is proffered, even human dignity, in the sacred name of 'the standard of living' or the so-called 'national good.'

  • In our mechanized society where thoughts as well as automobiles may be assembled in an automated factory, it is also, by some narrow logic, expedient to reduce children to those yes-no codes most easily processed by such a system. ... When life becomes one giant data-processing system, the winners are those with the greatest aptitude for being data.

  • The educational system is regarded simultaneously as the nation's scapegoat and savior.

  • ... those who have been required to memorize the world as it is will never create the world as it might be.

  • More than a burial ground for unacceptable ideas and wishes, the unconscious is the spawning ground of intuition and insight, the source of humor, of poetic imagery, and of scientific analogy.

  • The era of psychopharmacology has dawned and with it the offer of the 'chemical vacation,' not however without the hazards of the road.

  • Creativity is a product of genetic qualities, formative childhood experiences, and an environment which offers the opportunity to develop and demonstrate ability. It is possible to teach people more effective methods of solving problems, to foster a child's creative promise and recover some of an adult's lost capacity, but if there is a formula for raising creative people, it remains unknown.

  • Unless an artist or public celebrity is wary and firm, the disaster of success will deliver him into the public embrace, devour his time, corrupt his values, and addle his talent.

  • Creative endeavor requires physical and mental space; without privacy, solitude, and time it suffocates. ... it is impossible to pursue original thought in the scattered remnants of a day or of a lifetime.

  • ... perhaps the best thing we can do for the creative person is to stay out of his way.

Judith Groch, U.S. writer