Rembrandt and Shakespeare, Tolstoy and Gauguin, possessed, I believe, powerful hearts, not powerful wills. They loved the range of materials they used. The work’s possibilities excite them; the field’s complexities fired their imaginations. The caring suggested the tasks; the tasks suggested the schedules. They learned their fields and then loved them.
— Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
I just acquired this book, but I haven’t read it (or any of Dillard’s work) yet; I’m looking forward to it!