For the sake of a few possible geniuses who might appear among them, the hordes of pseudo-, mediocre, uninspired, or untalented artists have to be endured. Alas! we wait and wait for their masterpieces. Most perhaps have a shallow sincerity, being young and lured to art as a seemingly easy means of making a living or acquiring fame; but they have too little knowledge, no real creativity at all, and only a capacity for imitation. This explains why their work lacks quality and will pass away: an imitated eccentricity is not fresh discovery nor true vision of the universe's order.
-- Notebooks Category 14: The Arts in Culture > Chapter 2: Creativity, Genius > # 19