“There are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of the creative fire.”
From Modern Man in Search of a Soul
There are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of the creative fire. It is as though each of us were endowed at birth with a certain capital of energy. The strongest force in our make-up will seize and all but monopolize this energy, leaving so little over that nothing of value can come of it.
In this way the creative force can drain the human impulses to such a degree that the personal ego must develop all sorts of bad qualities…in order to maintain the spark of life and to keep itself from being wholly bereft…[these negatives] of artists resembles that of illegitimate or neglected children who from their tenderest years must protect themselves from the destructive influence of people who have no love to give them–who develop bad qualities for that very purpose and later maintain an invincible ego-centrism by remaining all their lives infantile and helpless or by actively offending against the moral code or the law.
How can we doubt that it is his art that explains the artist, and not the insufficiencies and conflicts of his personal life? These are nothing but the regrettable results of the fact that he is an artist–that is to say, a man [or woman] who from his very birth has been called to a greater task than the ordinary mortal. A special ability means a heavy expenditure of energy in a particular direction, with a consequent drain from some other side of life.” ~Carl Jung