Escaping the every day world

“Those around me refuse to accept that I could never live in the everyday world of things and people.  Hence the irrepressible need to have to escape from myself, and go off on adventures which seem inexplicable because no one knows who this man is – yet maybe he’s the best part of me!  Anyway, an artist is, by definition, someone used to living among the dreams and phantoms.”

– Claude Debussy

Cited in: Roberts, Paul (2008) Claude Debussy.  New York: Phaidon Press, p.9.