H. L. Mencken Quote
There has [never] lived a poet... ancient or modern, near or far, who ever managed to write good poetry... at a time when he was suffering from stenosis at any point along the thirty-foot via dolorosa running from the pylorus to the sigmoid flexure... The more he tries, the more vividly he will be conscious of his impotence.
Prejudices, 2nd Series (pp. 160-161)