Defining the Enemy

Steven Pressfield opens his book The War of Art with a section on “defining the enemy,” in other words with a look at the many faces of resistance.

In searching for a visual for this post, I found the two above attributed to Pablo Picasso. I’m not sure if he originally said it in Spanish, but the translation from that language is “The principal enemy of creativity is good taste.” I have frequently – including in the Italian version above – seen translations where “taste” is replaced by “sense.”

I’m not sure which version Picasso intended, but I like both.


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