Every continent has its own great spirit of place . . .Different places on the face of the earth have different vital effluence, different vibration, different chemical exhalation, different polarity with different stars; call it what you like. But the spirit of a place is a great reality.
- D.H. Lawrence, from Studies in Classic American Literature
The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in his long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.
- Marc Chagall