12 December 2012

Gideon by Paddy Chayefsky

Esquire, December, 1961
The Angel
"It is passion, Gideon, that carries man to God. And passion is a balky beast. Few men ever let it out of the stable.
It brooks no bridle; indeed, it bridles you; it rides the rider.
Yet, it inspirits man's sessile soul above his own inadequate world
and makes real such things as beauty, fancy, love and God...

Passion is the very fact of God in man that makes him other than a brute. I must own, Gideon, yours was an old and cold and settled soul, and I huffed and puffed quite a bit before I found the least flame of passion in you."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For folks in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Mechanics Institute Library film series for May 2013 is ‘Paddy Chayefsky: Scenes from American Lives’ – five Friday-evening showings of films from the only person to win 3 Oscars for solo screenwriting…