Art enables men to learn basic truths about themselves and the world, and this by attending, not to the world or themselves, but to what they can create. Works of art made with the help of emotion. And it takes emotion to appreciate them properly.... [Art] is quite different from craftsmanship, no matter how splendid; it is not at all a form of play, no matter how ingenious and enjoyable this may be. Unlike these it demands a fresh and unmistakable act of creativity, terminating in the production of self-sufficient excellence.... The outcome of the act of creation is a work of art.... Art makes a great difference to many primarily because it is revelatory of the domain of existence which lies beyond him and it.
-- Paul Weiss, 1961
Something to think about at least.
I got this from All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge by Kee Malesky. Why, yes, I'm actually doing more with my pinboards than just pinning things to eventually get to. Very, very slowly.
(And, yes, it's difficult for me to not change "man" to "human," or something.)