Technique is communication: the two words are synonymous in conductors.

Leonard Bernstein, 27 June 1989, Times (London).

Keats describing Endymion

Had I been nervous about its being a perfect piece, & with that view asked advice, & trembled over every page, it would not have been written.

John Keats, Letter - 9 Oct. 1818, Letters of John Keats, no. 90, ed. by Frederick Page, 1954


A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.

Gaston Bachelard, 1960, The Poetics of Reverie, Introduction, sct. 6