„A work of art should express only that which elevates the soul and pleases it in a noble manner. The feeling of the artist should not overstep these limits; it is wrong to venture beyond.“

Quoted in Albert Jay Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man (1943), p. 175.
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