Everything has its limit – iron ore cannot be educated into gold.
~ Samuel Clemens / Mark Twain
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In this case, I think “successfully” would mean “intending to do something and actually managing to do it”. Writers can avoid writing if they want to, but other people may want to avoid doing what they do, but may not be able to actually translate that desire into action…that’s how I interpret it. Nice, witty observation, Deborah. In fact, of your 3, I’d probably put it at #1, followed by the Phillip Sydney one! 😀
“Fool!” said my Muse to me: “Look in thy Heart and Write!” –Sir Phillip Sydney
By not writing, one is obeying the urgent inner command not to define one’s self, not to grow and develop into that sad and limited creature, a minor (or possibly never-published) poet or whatever. Instead, one stays interestingly, potentially great the rest of one’s life.” –Victoria Nelson, from “On Writer’s Block”
Writers are the only artists I know that can successfully avoid doing the one thing they can’t *not* do: write. –Me
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