We work in the dark — we do what we can — we give what we have

This from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/movies/12dargis.html?hpw

WHEN Bernardo Bertolucci was asked in 1996 if he knew that artists always put themselves in their work, he responded by quoting an author he refused to identify: “We work in the dark — we do what we can — we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”

These words are spoken by a dying novelist to a young admirer in Henry James’s 1893 short story “The Middle Years.” What makes Mr. Bertolucci’s memory of them more touching is that he omitted what the novelist says right before: “A second chance — that’s the delusion. There never was to be but one.”

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