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Your Best Draft Now?

“If I thought I had to say it better than anybody else, I’d never start. Better or worse is immaterial. The thing is that it has to be said, by me. We each have to say it, to say it in our own way. Not of our own will, but as it comes out through us. Good or bad, great or little: that isn’t what human creation is about. It is that we have to try.”

Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet

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  1. Good nugget, Sam. It is bewitching, the idea that we shouldn’t say anything unless we think we’ve got something so startling as to astonish the whole room, isn’t it? A little humility, to open our mouths to say good things that have been said before us, always does us good. For like MacDonald said, not even our Lord thought of being original:

    The older the saying the better, if it utters the truth he wants to utter. In him it becomes fact: The Word was made flesh. And so, in the wondrous meeting of extremes, the words he spoke were no more words, but spirit and life.

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