There are a thousand ways of enjoying life, and that of the artist is one of the most innocent

Henry James said, “There are a thousand ways of enjoying life, and that of the artist is one of the most innocent… it connects with the idea of pleasure.” And it does; not just the private pleasures of the craft, nor the public pleasures of recognition, but that strange pleasure that comes of examining human experience, liberated of dogma and pronouncement, unburdened of having to say yes or having to say no.

–from Philip Roth’s 1960 National Book Award acceptance speech.