I Influence It

“The past does not influence me; I influence it.”
― Willem de Kooning

Seated Woman, Willem de Kooning, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas

Oblique Strategy
: Give way to your worst impulse

There is nothing as exhausting as facing your fears – no matter how things turn out. It is so tiring, I’m not sure it’s even worth it.

5 responses to “I Influence It

    • Nice quote – I did a google search on it and found an interesting article:


      “In late October, Faulkner Literary Rights — which represents Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner’s estate — sued representatives of Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” for misquoting the famous line, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

      In the film, about a writer who travels back in time to 1920s Paris, Owen Wilson’s character lightly rephrases the line as “The past is not dead. Actually, it’s not even past.”

      For the film’s sin, Faulkner’s estate is suing for copyright infringement and asking for “damages, disgorgement of profits, costs and attorney fees,” according to the suit.”

      You can’t even quote someone without getting suid.

  1. Great quote. I needed to read that today. Thank you for sharing it.
    I struggle with it, but really do try to not let my past spoil my present or determine my future. But, it’s hard.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…I love sculptures!

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