All creatures great and small.
"Too often in the past, we have thought of the artist as an idler and dilettante, and the lover of the arts as somehow sissy and effete.
We have done both an injustice. The life of the artist is, in relation to his work, stern and lonely. He has labored hard, often among deprivation, to perfect his skill. He has turned aside from quick success in order to strip his work of everything secondary or cheapening. His working life is marked by intense application and intense discipline.
As for the lover of the arts, it is he who, by subjecting himself to the sometimes disturbing experience of art, sustains the artist - and seeks only the reward that his life will, in consequence, be more full lived."
John F. Kennedy, 1962