“As an artist, you are a representative human being—you have to believe in that in order to give your life over to that effort to create something of value. You’re not doing it only to satisfy your own impulses or needs; there is a social imperative. If you solve your problems and speak of them truly, you are of help to others, that’s all. And it becomes a moral obligation.” p103

“When you look back on a lifetime and think of what has been given to the world by your presence, your fugitive presence, inevitably you think of your art, whatever it may be, as the gift you have made to the world in acknowledgment of the gift you have been given, which is the life itself. And I think the world tends to forget that this is the ultimate significance of the body of work each artist produces. That work is not an expression of the desire for praise or recognition, or prizes, but the deepest manifestation of your gratitude for the gift of life.” p137

Stanley Kunitz in conversation with Genine Lentine, ‘The Wild Braid: a poet reflects in a century in the garden’, (Norton, 2007)

“There can be a moment in later life when all one’s past interests and involvements begin to be connected by a different thread than that which one could have imagined any earlier.”

Christopher Bucklow, from Epilogue, ‘What is In the Dwat: The universe of Guston’s final decade’

“actually, I had a viewpoint: I was waiting for something extraordinary to happen”

— Charles Bukowski, ‘Two Kinds of Hell‘, from The People Look Like Flowers At Last

“remember when entering the site, it is better to travel than actually arrive and make use of the back button”

— Robert Clarke-Davis

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