“Turn to the art which has moved you most readily…” A quote that inspires me

“Turn to the art which has moved you most readily, take what part in it you can, participator, spectator, secret practitioner, or hanger-on and waiter at the door. Make your living any way you can, but neglect no sacrifice at your chosen alter. It may break your heart, it may drive you half mad, it may betray you into unrealizable ambitions or blind you to mercantile opportunities with its wandering fires. But it will fill your heart before it breaks it; it will make you a person in your own right; it will open the temple doors to you and enable you to walk with those who have come nearest among men to what men may sometime be.”

~ Maxwell Anderson

This quote hangs on my wall. One of my former students discovered it one day, had it printed, and presented it to me, framed. It says so much in so few words. Make your living however you can/need to/want to, but never neglect the thing that really makes you tick – your art. It doesn’t specify what kind of art – it just says “the art that moves you most readily”. That will be different for each person, but it’s a lesson we should all take to heart.