Quotation by James Joyce

The artist, he imagined, standing in the position of mediator between the world of his experience and the world of his dreams—"a mediator, consequently gifted with twin faculties, a selective faculty and a reproductive faculty." To equate these faculties was the secret of artistic success: the artist who could disentangle the subtle soul of the image from its mesh of defining circumstances most exactly and "re-embody" it in artistic circumstances chosen as the most exact for it in its new office, he was the supreme artist.
James Joyce (1882–1941), Irish author. Stephen Hero, episode 19, New Directions (1944).

The passage refers to Stephen Daedalus of Joyce's unfinished manuscript, Stephen Hero. Less than half the manuscript exists, and it was published only after Joyce's death.
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