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I'd like to introduce my colour prints under the most favourable of conditions. For this reason I must separate them by intervals of a different character. I decided that handwriting was best suited for this purpose. The exceptional size of the writing seems necessary to me in order to be in a decorative relationship with the character of the colour prints. These pages, therefore will serve only to accompany my colours, just as asters help in the composition of a bouquet of more important flowers. Their role is purely visual. - Henri Matisse


Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new compositions, any bungler can add to the old. - Edmund Burke


Report says that you, Fidentinus, recite my compositions in public as if they were your own. If you allow them to be called mine, I will send you my verses gratis; if you wish them to be called yours, pray buy them, that they may be mine no longer. - Martial [Marcus Valerius Martialis]


Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are. - Henry David Thoreau


If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. As to that regular, uninterrupted love of writing. I do not understand it. I feel it as a torture, which I must get rid of, but never as a pleasure. On the contrary, I think composition a great pain. - Lord Byron


Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book. - Edward Gibbon