"Hope is a bad thing. It means that you are not what you want to be. It means that part of you is dead, if not all of you. It meansthat you entertain illusions. It's a sort of spiritual clap, I should say."
"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."
"Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself."
"There is nothing strange about fear: no matter in what guise it presents itself it is something with which we are all so familiarthat when a man appears who is without it we are at once enslaved by him."