Quotation by Alexander Trocchi

All great art, and today all great artlessness, must appear extreme to the mass of men, as we know them today. It springs from the anguish of great souls. From the souls of men not formed, but deformed in factories whose inspiration is pelf.
Alexander Trocchi (1925–1983), Italian-Scottish novelist, poet, translator. Cain's Book, p. 145 (1960, repr. 1973).

("Pelf" = money, wealth).
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