We all live in the midst of a great deal of public noise and the events of the times have a very strong claim on us. The question is, How do you overcome this noise? I don’t really know whether art can exist without a certain degree of tranquillity or spiritual poise; without a certain amount of quiet you can have neither philosophy nor religion nor painting nor poetry. And as one of the specialties of modern life is to abolish this quiet, we are in danger of losing our arts together with the quiet of the soul that art demands.
qtd in. Rich, Nathaniel. “Bellow: The ‘Defiant, Irascible Mind’,” The New York Review of Books. 4 Jun. 2015. Kindle. 7 Jun. 2015.