―Oscar Wilde The Critic as Artist.
Gilbert.More difficult to do a thing than to talk about it? Not at all. That is a gross popular error. It is very much more difficult to talk about a thing than to do it. In the sphere of actual life that is of course obvious. Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. There is no mode of action no form of emoticon, that we do not share with the lower animals. It is only by language that we rise above them, or above each other ―by language, wich is the parent, and not the child, of thought. Action, indeed, is always easy, and when presented to us in its most aggravated, because most continuous, form wich I take to be that of real industry, becomes simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatsoever to do. No, Ernest, don`t talk about action. It is a blind thing, dependent on external influences, and moved by an impulse of whose nature it is unconscious. It is a thing incomplete in its essence, because limited by accident and ignorant of its direction, being always at variance with its aim. Its basis is the lack of imagination. It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.