On Production and Creation

In 1844, Richard Wagner wrote:

"Each man must please himself, and nature has placed her approbation on this by supplying the greatest pleasure men ever know as a reward for doing good work. I hate this fast-growing tendency to chain men to machines in big factories and deprive them of all joy in their effortsthe plan will lead to cheap men and cheap products. I set my face against it and plead for the dignity and health of the open air, and the olden time."

(Sourced from Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Musicians by Elbert Hubbard, 1916)

Valkyrie. Photo illustration.