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Art and Focus

‘It is only half and hour’ – ‘It is only an afternoon’ – ‘It is only an evening,’ people say to me over and over again; but they don’t know that it is impossible to command one’s self sometimes to any stipulated and set disposal of five minutes–or that the mere consciousness of an engagement will sometimes worry a whole day…whoever is devoted to an art must be content to deliver himself wholly up to it, and to find recompense in it. I am grieved if you suspect me of not wanting to see you, but I can’t help it; I must go in my way whether or no.

– Charles Dickens