[W]riters tend to be very different from other men, both those engaged in what we call the liberal professions and those who labour in the arts and at other callings. The writer must be a little of all of these without belonging specifically to any professional group. He is insecure by the nature of his calling. Insurance companies have been known to insure the hands of pianists for large sums of money; but not the hands of writers.

Gilberto Freyre, “The Gilberto Freyre Reader”.

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