"I have the reputation of being a rapid worker, but in reality I am a very steady, slow worker. I make many experiments before I begin, but when I start I go straight away. I work with a belief that the deliberate work is the swiftest... I paint practically all day, according to the work I have in hand... I consider six hours a very good day's work. As for waiting for inspiration I have no faith in it. I am guided by the nature of the task I have in hand. I take the thing as it comes... Waiting for the mood, being unable to control oneself, is the stamp of amateurism. My principle is that one ought always to control oneself."¹
~ Frederic Lord Leighton
¹Cassells Saturday Journal, 1052, January 29, 1896, p. 75.