John Barth Quotes

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Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.

heroism

Every man is necessarily the hero of his own life story.
— John Barth
Every artist joins a conversation that's been going on for generations, even millennia, before he or she joins the scene.

artists

In art as in lovemaking, heartfelt ineptitude has its appeal and so does heartless skill, but what you want is passionate virtuosity.

art skill

'Tis e'er the wont of simple folk to prize the deed and o'erlook the motive,  and of learned folk to discount the deed and lay open the soul of the doer.

motives

My feeling about technique in art is that it has about the same value as technique in love-making.  That is to say, on the one hand, heartfelt ineptitude has its appeal and, on the other hand, so does heartless skill; but what you want is passionate virtuosity.