You can justify your intentions or you can go about your business and do the work that summons you, but it’s hard to do both at the same time.
Creating is a very different kind of activity from explaining to others why it’s sane, permissible, or necessary for you to create.
So many people fail to ever get around to making art because they’re too busy trying to transform their friends into fans.
As Steven Pressfield wrote, “leave your buddy behind.” Thrust yourself into your calling with faith and trust that your work will move the people it was meant to move.
You can defend yourself until your face turns blue, but at some point you have to face the blank page, the blank canvas, the blankness of a life lived without passion.
The most noble form of integrity is the kind that proves itself not through argument, but through action.