How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him.
Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), U.S. author. Address, December 10, 1954, recorded for the Nobel Prize Committee, accepting the Nobel Prize for literature. Carlos Baker, Hemingway: The Writer as Artist, ch. 13 (1963).