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Without reserve and without remorse

From an old mid-century book called ‘Modern Short Stories’, this quote from Joseph Conrad sums it all up:

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“You [the writer] must squeeze out of yourself every sensation, every thought, every image — mercilessly, without reserve and without remorse; you must search the darkest corners of your heart, the most remote recesses of your brain. . . . And you must do it so that at the end of your day’s work should feel exhausted, emptied of every sensation and every thought, with a blank mind and an aching heart, with the notion that there is nothing — nothing left in you.”
— Joseph Conrad

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