"As a rule, artists are difficult - to say the least! Their emotions are more intense. Their egos are either enormous, or just the opposite, but they are never balanced. Artists love and hate and hardly ever feel neutral. Their enthusiasm is exaggerated. They recognize beauty faster. They are more sensitive in connection with other people's suffering. Their intellect keeps them from ever being boring to other people. Their jealousy tortures them day and night. They give more than they consume. In short, if you want a smooth existence, keep away from the art world. But if you want to really live - meaning suffer and burst out of joy - become involved with artists! You will never fade away; you will just die of exhaustion."
From ARTFORMS by Duane Preble