“The caring suggested the tasks; the tasks suggested the schedules.”

"Rembrandt and Shakespeare, Tolstoy and Gauguin, possessed, I believe, powerful hearts, not powerful wills.  They loved the range of materials they used.  The work’s possibilities excited them; the field’s complexities fired their imaginations.  The caring suggested the tasks; the tasks suggested the schedules.  They learned their fields and then loved them.  They worked, respectfully, out of their love and knowledge, and they produced complex bodies of work that endure.  Then, and only then, the world flapped at them some sort of hat, which, if they were still living, they ignored as well as they could, to keep at their tasks."

Excerpt of an excerpt.  (Annie Dillard, The Writing Life)  

(That’s blogging at it’s best, isn’t it, when you’re excerpting excerpts?  I see awards and financial windfalls in my future.) 

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