There are two types of realist. There is the one who offers a good deal of dirt with his potato to show that it is a real one, and the one who is satisfied with the potato brushed clean. I’m inclined to be the second kind. To me, the thing that art does for life is to clean it, to strip it to form.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) American poet
(Attributed)

Quoted in Holt, Robert Frost: The Man and His Work (1923)

Added on 7-Oct-08 | Last updated 7-Oct-08
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