No amount of labour, of zest, even of accomplishment, can make up for the absence of this quality. It must be an almost wholly instinctive thing, I believe. Of course, the mere presence of personality in a work of art is not sufificient, because the personality revealed may be lacking in charm ;and charm, again, is an instinctive thing. No artist can set out to capture charm; he will toil all the night and take nothing; but what every artist can and must aim at, is to have a perfectly sincere point of view.
(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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Published May 12, 2012
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