Tuesday, June 26, 2012

On writing...

Like prophets and seers, writers are driven by a force, an irresistible desire to give to the inner impulses, the material form of sound, colour and word.

This desire cannot be held back by laws, traditions, or religious restrictions.

The song that must be sung will be sung; and if banned, they will hum it; and if humming is banned, they will dance it; and if dancing is banned, they will sing it silently to themselves or to the ears of those near, waiting for the appropriate moment to explode.

Professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o
In his address to The South African Literary Awards

xxx elle


  1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and for leaving such a thoughtful, kind and provocative comment! I look forward to reading through yours -- and this quote today is perfect!

  2. my first time visiting here & I wanted you to know I was vey touched by reading your heartfelt comment regarding Lori's loss.God bless you always Laura

  3. And, I do love this professor's comments.

  4. Beautiful! The song that must be sung will be sung!