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But that a great artist should be essentially like ourselves - this is SO hard for many to allow. Art must be a miracle to them, or it is not art. That they should be taken by the sleeve and invited to look into the secret impulses of the artist's soul is so much sacrilege to them, that even if they have seen they will deny that anything was there. And perhaps they are Speaking truth. Perhaps there is not one general life, but many lives; and between them a gulf is fixed, so that the one will never under stand the other. But there will still be those who believe themselves on the side Of the artists, and who, because they believe it, will be truly on their side, who believe that somehow art is the supreme human activity, that it is an abstract and brief chronicle of time, of life, Of all philosophies, all aspirations, all realities. They will never believe that art is set apart from them by the gulf of a miracle, or that the soul Of even the greatest among artists passes their understanding. Perhaps they are wrong, but they will go to their grave in the delusion, for without it they cannot live.
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