"The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think, the way they see themselves, the way they see the world — you can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create."
"It may be as well to forestall at once the criticism on this, showing the artist is merely
the individualist in conflict with society. To a certain extent … this is true; the
mental personality of the artist is originally determined by a failure in social adaptation.
But his whole effort is directed towards a reconciliation with society, and what
he offers to society is not … his idiosyncrasies but rather … the secrets of the self
which are buried in every man alike… . This ‘self’ is not the personal possession we
might imagine it to be."