“I think you grossly underrate the strength of my feelings - so strong they are - such caverns of gloom and horror open round me I dare not look in. Everyone I most honour is silent; all silent, and so I have trained myself to silence; induced to it also by the terror I have of my own unlimited capacity for feeling.
“Art is rarely the result of true genius, rather it is a combination of hard work and skills learned and practised by regular people and, in my case, I practised my skills in spite of self-doubt so profound it can masquerade as vanity”
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”