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From "Angel's Wings"
by Edward Carpenter
A work of art has to stand. It has to stand time, weather, beetles, and most of all the silent multitude of men's thoughts, emotions, experiences, perpetually and invisibly gnawing at it, if anywhere they may find a weak spot. The greatest work is that which attracts most, and yet longest resists the corrosion of the thoughts which it attracts.
Never again will Art attain to its largest and best expressions, till daily life itself once more is penetrated with beauty, and with the spirit of dedication--each part of the service to the Whole.
It seems to me that the only way in which an artist can make his work durable and great is by seeking to arrive at the most direct expression of something actually felt by himself as part of his own, and so part of all human experience. He must go to the root of all Art, namely the conveyance of an emotion or impression with the utmost force and directness from himself to another person.