R. G. Collingwood Quote
If an artist may say nothing except what he has invented by his own sole efforts, it stands to reason he will be poor in ideas. If he could take what he wants wherever he could find it, as Euripides and Dante and Michelangelo and Shakespeare and Bach were free, his larder would always be full, and his cookery might be worth tasting.
The Principles of Art (ed. Oxford University Press, USA, 1958) - ISBN: 9780195002096