Saturday, March 27, 2010

A vintage review ...

... Evelyn Waugh on Garry Wills's Chesterton: Man and Mask. (Hat tip, Paul Davis.)

Humility is not a virtue propitious to the artist It is often pride, emulation, avarice, malice — all the odious qualities — which drive a man to complete, elaborate, refine, destroy, renew, his work until he has made something that gratifies his pride and envy and greed. And in doing so he enriches the world more than the generous and good, though he may lose his own soul in the process. That is the paradox of artistic achievement.

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