Katie (fatesclotho) wrote in jackleg,

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A truly great quote.

This is one of my favorite quotes EVER, bar none. I wanted to share it with you.

"...Anybody can 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 she used to be. A great artist 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...more than that, he can make anyone witht he sensitivity of an armadillo see that this lovely young girl is still alive, pirsoned inside her ruined body. He can 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. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me--but it does to them. Look at her!

~Robert A. Heinlien, Stranger in a Strange Land

I love that book. I highly, highly recommend reading it. Give it a shot...
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