what doesn’t kill you doesn’t kill you

By: Kirsty

Feb 08 2010

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Category: Daily Photos, human constructs


Focal Length:70mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II


I am so sick of truisms. Oh, and also platitudes. Doesn’t anyone think new thoughts or have new ideas to express any more? I admit to being guilty of quotaphilia myself at times but I’ve come to the end of my rope. I remember seeing a report about a performance artist who only ever spoke in quotes and always cited her source, including a date. It was fascinating to listen to her. She was impeccable. According to the report she lived this way. I wonder if she’s still doing it, or if, like me, she is ready to join QA (Quoters Anonymous).

It’s not that there aren’t some amazing things that have been said by awesome people, even things that are worth repeating. It’s more that the use of quotes is beginning to seem like a substitute for original thought. Profound insights become trite clichés. Ideas that have great relevance in their original context become meaningless, and sometimes even nonsensical. Let’s face it, there are plenty of things that don’t kill you OR make you stronger.

Here’s the one that bugs me the most … ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. Pictures have nothing to do with words. Not even a million words could ever communicate what a picture communicates. It’s a whole other thing.

So, no matter how tempted I am I will abstain from quoting in this blog. Unless I really really can’t help myself. After all once a quotaholic, always a quotaholic. (Now that I have got that out of my system I promise to be nicer tomorrow!)

3 comments on “what doesn’t kill you doesn’t kill you”

  1. Wow! You really got me thinking this morning upon reading your post. May I quote your words in my classes? I’m always warning students about the use of words in their artwork. Does it contribute to the piece? Is it part of what you are rendering; like already there? How much significance does it lend to the composition? I never thought of it the way you are stating it and I like your take.

  2. I would be honoured to have you quote me Leslie! *huge ironic grin*

  3. Kirsty,
    Serendipity indeed – goosebumps rule ! Thankyou for adding me to your blogroll, I’m honoured. I was delighted to see a link to Buckminster Fuller’s site – I was a huge fan of his on my foundation course at college – now , with prompting from your site, I shall renew my acquaintance with his work and philosophy of life.
    I totally agree about the quotations thing – people think it makes them seem smart to trot out random quotes – it doesnt, it just emphasises their lack of original ideas !

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