"When I moved to New York in 1968, I fell in with a group of young artists whom I was often awed by. "What will they become?" I thought. They were so brilliant, so bold. And as the years passed, I found out something that my elders could have told me. There are many brilliant people- they are born every day- but those who end up having sustained artistic careers are not necessarily the most gifted. Over time, our group lost many of its members- to bad divorces, professional disappointments, cocaine. The ones who survived combined brilliance with more homely virtues: patience, resilience, courage."
Acocella, J. (2007). Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints. New York, NY: Pantheon Books. p. xi