John Paul Jones: Man of Action

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We shall better comprehend the man with whom we have here to deal if we understand that though he was first of all a man of action, he was also intuitively an artist. With ships and men, instead of paint, pen or chisel, he strove to make real his dreams of a glorious world.

The imagination of the creative artist obeys laws of its own. It is therefore rarely understood by those persons who do not create but merely exploit, according to the custom of the Phillistines.

The mind of the artist creates a world other than that in which this body lives. When this other-world is shortened by impact with what are called Cold Realities, its creator suffers. This is due to the very sensibility which enables him to perceive relations where other persons behold only objects. Hence the artist encounters many frustrations. He is never, however, entirely defeated. He attains moments when this world and that other-world coincide and are one. These moments are his supreme reward.

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