Quotation by Henry James

If we pretend to respect the artist at all, we must allow him his freedom of choice, in the face, in particular cases, of innumerable presumptions that the choice will not fructify. Art derives a considerable part of its beneficial exercise from flying in the face of presumptions.
Henry James (1843–1916), U.S. author. repr. In Partial Portraits (1888). The Art of Fiction (1884).
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