Samara O'Shea

The Wisdom of C. Day-Lewis

This is my third blog in one week. Hooray! I knew once I wrote about being a better (or at least more active) blogger and went so far as to say it aloud then I was in real trouble. But the act of writing has come through again as I managed to light a fire under my own ass.

This blog is a short one.

While perusing SoThere.com this morning I came across an excellent quote by C. Day-Lewis. Initially, I read the name too quickly and thought it was C.S. Lewis. I thought Ah! My beloved atheist-turned-Evangelical-Christian writer strikes again with his words of wisdom. Then I felt like a fool when I realized I got the name wrong. Cecil Day-Lewis, actual owner of the quote, was a poet and also father of Daniel Day-Lewis. Neat. In any event, the Irish-born poet sums up one of the many purposes of writing into elegant prose:

“I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it…. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.”
~ C. Day Lewis