Quotation by William Gass

Philosophers multiply our general nouns and verbs; they give fresh sense to stale terms; "man" and "nature" are their characters; while novelists toil at filling in the blanks in proper names and at creating other singular affairs. A novelist may pin a rose to its stem as you might paper a tail to its donkey, the rose may blush at his command, but the philosopher can elevate that reddening from an act of simple verbal predication to an angel-like ingression, ennobling it among Beings. The soul, we must remember is the philosopher's invention, as thrilling a creation as, for instance, Madame Bovary.
William Gass (b. 1924), U.S. critic, philosopher. "Philosophy and the Form of Fiction," Fiction and the Figures of Life, Knopf (1971).
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