Many are the quotes on dissidence…and creativity
“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction” – Picasso
“Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream” Malcolm Muggeridge
“Kites fly highest against the wind” Winston Churchill
“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.”
However, this quote by Vaclav Havel is the one which for me illustrates best how I have felt this tension.
“You do not become a “dissident” just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society.”