Quotation by Václav Havel

There is only one art, whose sole criterion is the power, the authenticity, the revelatory insight, the courage and suggestiveness with which it seeks its truth.... Thus, from the standpoint of the work and its worth it is irrelevant to which political ideas the artist as a citizen claims allegiance, which ideas he would like to serve with his work or whether he holds any such ideas at all.
Václav Havel (b. 1936), Czechoslovakian playwright, president. "Six Asides About Culture," pt. 1, sect. 5, Living in Truth (1986).
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