Embracing Epiphanies

Rita Bourland

Rita Bourland
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Columbus, Ohio,
Birthday
August 04
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I have three sons in their twenties and have been married for 35 years. Life is good. I embrace life's epiphanies as they come to me and pass them along in my writing.

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DECEMBER 27, 2011 12:26PM

A Gem of a Quote

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A Gem of a Quote

In the movie Midnight in Paris the character of Ernest Hemingway speaks the following line when counseling a budding novelist:  

“No subject is terrible if the story is true and if the prose is clean and honest and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.”  

This is not an actual quote by Hemingway but an idealized version of the kind of language he might have used.  As I watched the movie (for the second time) last night, I was struck by the quote and took the time to write it down.  I considered the idea of speaking with courage and truth, using clean and honest prose and doing it with grace even when outside or internal pressures exist.  There seemed to be much to take away from this one compact sentence; ideas that might be useful to writers but also might benefit all of us in our day to day interpersonal relationships.   Keeping things clean and honest, speaking the truth to those we love, acting courageously when faced with the darkness in humanity and summoning our inner grace to move through our days. 

I love being handed a gem of a quote such as this.  It creates a pause in my day to consider words spoken by another, words that speak a profound truth to me, a truth I can carry into the New Year.  Maybe it speaks a truth to you as well.

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"Keeping things clean and honest, speaking the truth to those we love, acting courageously when faced with the darkness in humanity and summoning our inner grace to move through our days. "

It certainly does speak a truth to me, Rita! Thank you for this.

R♥
Fantastic quote, one all writers should contemplate. Thank you, Rita!
I loved that movie SOOOO much!!! RRR
Have not seen this movie yet.. but the quote is great and wishing you nothing but the best dearest Rita.. HUGGGGGGGGGG
Torrito, one would assume Woody Allen, since he wrote the movie.

Rita, thanks for pointing this out. I think it holds true for writers and speakers, even in the most casual of settings.
You're welcome, FusunA.

Witchywmn, there does seem to be a very clear truth here for all of us.
Thanks for your comment.

Bernadine, that movie is fabulous. I couldn't agree more.
Linda, I think this is a movie you would love. It's a good one to watch this winter. Thanks for your kind words.

toritto, I believe keri is correct. Woody Allen wrote the screenplay so they must be his words. Regardless, it seems he channeled Hemingway when he wrote it.
Thanks, keri h for your kind comment and for pointing out the Woody Allen source.
tis the only practical way if u do not want yer brain to boil:
"“No subject is terrible if the story is true
and if the prose is clean and honest
and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.”


what is pressure to us, tho, & what was it to hemingway?

i o so like this:

'About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
"


there is relativism, situational ethics therein.
but later he says:


"There's no one thing that's true. It's all true."

true. but..............

re. quotes here is truth indeed & thankx;

"seemed to be much to take away from this one compact sentence; ideas that might be useful to writers but also might benefit all of us in our day to day interpersonal relationships. "
Wonderful movie and a profound quote!
~R~
nice, but I watched the movie & felt that much of hemingways speech was actually bordering on meaningless parody/doublespeak, incl the above quote....
Words to live by, in so many ways. R
Bless you for this salient reminder of a real truth about what we try to do here. r.