• A writer, or any man, must believe that whatever happens to him is an instrument; everything has been given for an end. This is even stronger in the case of the artist. Everything that happens, including humiliations, embarrassments, misfortunes, all has been given like clay, like material for one's art. One must accept it.

    Jorge Luis Borges, Eliot Weinberger (2009). “Seven Nights”, p.120, New Directions Publishing