Tuesday’s Quotes – March 28, 2017 – Gorky

“The good qualities in our soul are most successfully and forcefully awakened by the power of art. Just as science is the intellect of the world, art is its soul.”
― Maxim Gorky, Untimely Thoughts: Essays on Revolution, Culture, and the Bolsheviks, 1917-1918

Maxim Gorky, Russian journalist, playwright, was born on March 28, 1868. He was an anti-tsarist, Marxist, one-one time friend of Lenin, who grew frustrated by the repressiveness of the Soviet regime. He was nominated five times for the Nobel prize in Literature (1918, 1923, 1928 (twice), 1933) – but the prize eluded him (as it did his compatriots Anton Chekov and Leo Tolstoy), and he died in 1936 in Moscow.

I found this quote to be particularly apt right now, with the emphasis on cost winning out over the less tangible benefits of the arts to humanity (of course, science seems to be losing to cost as well at the moment…).

Image of Maxim Gorky borrowed from Brittanica.com

 

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