The writer, George Bernard Shaw, noticed a huge block of stone in the living room of a friend, the sculptor, J. Epstein.
“What are you going to do with that stone?” Shaw asked.
“I don’t know yet. I’m thinking about it,” Epstein answered.
Shaw was surprised: “You mean you plan your own inspiration? Don’t you think an artist has to be free to change his mind when he wants to?“
“That only works when — after changing your mind — all you have to do ball up a piece of paper that weights five grams. But, when you are dealing with four tons, you have to think differently,” Epstein said.
The master says:
“Each of us knows the best way to do his work. Only the person confronted with the task knows what problems are involved.”
”Maktub” means “It is written.” The Arabs feel that “It is written” is not really a good translation, because, although everything is already written, God is compassionate, and wrote it all down just to help us.