"If we think of ourselves as special creators, we are wrong.
Everyone creates in the same way we do. They invent, imagine, hope,
dream, frighten themselves, remember, observe -- and from all this
they make for themselves certain ideas and images, some
expressible, some inexpressible. Where we're different from most
people is the way we try to destroy these ideas and images. we hit
at them, strike them, do our utmost to kill them. We often succeed
-- the image falls away, lifeless, at last recognisable as a lie or
cliche. Just occasionally there is one that withstands our beating.
It won't die. The more we beat it, the stronger and harder it
becomes. It becomes indestructible. We have made a work of art -
we, creators, whose job it is to destroy the tentative, the
half-conscious, the merely evocative. The strongest metal is
tempered by successive heating and cooling. All can heat -- as a
result of the great, marvellous warmth of men. Our privilege, if
that's what it can be called, is that we can also cool -- with the
terrible coldness of our discipline."
-- John Berger