Realized something basic that I hadn’t thought through before. Quotable quotes can be taken up as a design – as an output of creative engineering, discipline and hence, artistic value. But its context that amplifies them to greatness – the sequence of events leading to its utterance, the utterer, his history and involvement with the aforesaid events. Like this one by Desmond Tutu that illustrated this idea clearly to me.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
One of us could have constructed those lines using our imagination based on hypothetical situations or those of the past. But wouldn’t be as valuable. Such amplification through context can make even raw, ordinary, cliched statements sound great. Like, Yes We Can! 😉
One can also argue to extend that to all of art. Non-trivially, ofcourse.