I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty... But I am too busy thinking about myself. ~Edith Sitwell, As quoted in The Observer (30 April 1950) English biographer, critic, novelist, & poet (1887 - 1964)
I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use - silence, exile, and cunning.
James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man