When one has begun to write, the hardest thing is to be sincere. Essential to mull over that idea and to define artistic sincerity. Meanwhile, I hit upon this: the word must never precede the idea. Or else: the word must always be necessitated by the idea. It must be irresistible and inevitable; and the same is true of the sentence, of the whole work of art. And for the artist's whole life, for his vocation must be irresistible.
(Journal Entry, 1891)

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It is good to follow one's own bent, so long as it leads upward.
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Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.
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Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
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