The sensitive artist knows that a bitter wind is blowing.
It was Nietzsche who first made us conscious of the significance of the individual as a term in the evolutionary process-in that part of the evolutionary process which has still to take place.
Progress is measured by richness and intensity of experience – by a wider and deeper apprehension of the significance and scope of human existence.
What I do deny is that you can build any enduring society without some such mystical ethos.
It does not seem that the contradiction which exists between the aristocratic function of art and the democratic structure of modern society can ever be resolved.
The characteristic political attitude of today is not one of positive belief, but of despair.
That is why I believe that art is so much more significant than either economics or philosophy. It is the direct measure of man’s spiritual vision.
Art is pattern informed by sensibility.
My own early experiences in war led me to suspect the value of discipline, even in that sphere where it is so often regarded as the first essential for success.
We may be sure that out of the ruins of our capitalist civilization a new religion will emerge, just as Christianity emerged from the ruins of the Roman civilization.