Jeanette Winterson on the Value of Art to the Human Spirit

This quote from Jeanette Winterson was shared by the Folio Society on its social networks,and I found it so beautiful that I had to share it here:

 ”What art does is to coax us away from the mechanical and towards the miraculous. The so-called uselessness of art is a clue to its transforming power. Art is not part of the machine. Art asks us to think differently, see differently, hear differently, and ultimately to act differently, which is why art has moral force. Ruskin was right, though for the wrong reasons, when he talked about art as a moral force. Art is not about good behaviour, when did you last see a miracle behave well? Art makes us better people because it asks for our full humanity, and humanity is, or should be, the polar opposite of the merely mechanical. We are not part of the machine either, but we have forgotten that. Art is memory — which is quite different [from] history. Art asks that we remember who we are, and usually that asking has to come as provocation — which is why art breaks the rules and the taboos, and at the same time is a moral force.”

Jeanette Winterson

 

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3 thoughts on “Jeanette Winterson on the Value of Art to the Human Spirit”

  1. JW certainly has a way with words. I’ve just recently been introduced to her via her Oranges book and the autobiographical, Why be Good when you can be Normal? Very thought-provoking. and BTW, thanks for visiting me

    1. Oh,I love finding people who read classics,so it was great to stumble upon your blog! 🙂

      I have never read any Jeanette Winterson,but I plan on doing so soon,although one blogger didn’t like ‘Oranges are not the only fruits’!

      On a side note,this post has had many viewers coming from Facebook and I have no idea why! Lol…

      1. I read the two together which was helpful as they complemented each other filling in gaps in each other. Oranges was harder to read as the style was more “avant garde.”

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