McKee's keys to art

At a friend's recommendation, I am currently ploughing my way through Robert McKee's astonishing book on the craft of writing, Story.

I came across these passage yesterday, and wanted to share it with you:

“The source of all art is the human psyche's primal, prelinguistic need for the resolution of stress and discord through beauty and harmony... a simultaneous encounter of thought and feeling.”

“Life on its own without art to shape it, leaves you in confusion and chaos.”

“A story well told gives you the very thing you cannot get in real life – meaningful emotional experience. For in life, experiences become meaningful only with reflection in time.”

“We need artists who are unfettered souls, with the courage to take a point of view – artists whose insights startle and excite.”

Hmm, interesting food for thought!