The Man on Thursday 5: Ordinary Imagination

The whole object of real art, of real romance- and, above all, of real religion- is to prevent people from losing the humility and gratitude which are thankful for the daylight and daily bread; to prevent them from regarding daily life as dull or domestic life as narrow; to teach them to feel in the sunlight the song of Apollo and in the bread the epic of the plough.  What is now needed most is intensive imagination.  I mean t power to turn our imagination inwards, on the things we already have, and to make those things live.  It is not merely seeking new experiences, which rapidly become old experiences.  It is really learning how to experience our experiences.  It is learning to enjoy our enjoyments.


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