The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe; he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.
“Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery. ”
“What I want is to open up. I want to know what's inside me. I want everybody to open up. I'm like an imbecile with a can opener in his hand, wondering where to begin-- to open up the earth. I know that underneath the mess everything is marvelous. I'm sure of it.”
“The smile was so painfully swift and fleeting that it was like the flash of a knife.”
John Quincy Adams