Quote of the Day

“All real work is hard.  My work happened to be undoable.  Morning after morning for 50 years, I faced the next page defenseless and unprepared.  Writing for me was a feat of self-preservation.  If I did not do it, I would die.  So I did it.  Obstinacy,  not talent, saved my life.  It was also my good luck that happiness didn’t matter to me, and I had no compassion for myself.

Philip Roth

I would say talent and obstinacy.