"I love music and all the other arts, but I do not
attach such value to them as is generally done.
I cannot, for example, recognize the value of
those activities which require technical knowledge
for their understanding.......
When I gaze at the star-sown heaven,
and the infinite beauty it affords my eyes,
that means more than all that human art
can give me. That does not mean that I ignore
the value of those works generally called artistic;
but personally, in comparison with the infinite beauty
of Nature, I feel their unreality too intensely.......
Life is greater than all art.
I would go even further and declare
that the man whose life comes nearest to perfection
is the greatest artist; for what is art without the
sure foundation and frame-work of a noble life?"