Quotation by Willa Cather

Every artist knows that there is no such thing as "freedom" in art. The first thing an artist does when he begins a new work is to lay down the barriers and limitations; he decides upon a certain composition, a certain key, a certain relation of creatures or objects to each other. He is never free, and the more splendid his imagination, the more intense his feeling, the farther he goes from general truth and general emotion.
Willa Cather (1873–1947), U.S. novelist. "Light on Adobe Walls," Willa Cather on Writing, University of Nebraska Press (1988).
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