A Preface to Morals
"To sum up, everyone of us can be personal, that is to say, creative, if he is not in danger of losing his personality in self-consciousness or through the phantasms besetting whoever tries to express himself. This means that he, at once, becomes interesting to his fellow beings and indifferent only to an individual who will drown himself in the multitude. This interest is the basis of literature, and so it is obvious that we can all produce what has a right to be called literature, but we must not be thinking of literature while doing so. The doctrine underlying this volume is that thought alone counts, and thought cannot coexist with anything that is not ourself in its highest and noblest possibility."
Art of the Thinking