Thursday, January 15, 2009

Chaos, Creativity, and the Cuckoo Clock

Orson Welles' character in The Third Man, 1949:

"In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance.

"In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace. And what did that produce?

"The cuckoo clock."

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