Friday, April 04, 2008

What makes an original author?

By Walter Haan,

"The most original authors are so, not because they produce what is new, but only because they are able to say things the like of which seems never to have been said before. The best sign of originality lies in taking up a subject and developing it so fully as to make everyone confess that he would hardly have found so much in it."

This definition of an original author was written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, dramatist, novelist and scientist. He lived from 1749 to 1832. Food for thought, don't you think?--Walter Haan,


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