Quote below is from an article by David Brooks, Columnist, New York Times
“If you want to get highfalutin about it, this strain started in the 19th century when Ralph Waldo Emerson and other lesser lights offered audiences recipes for self-improvement. The man and woman of character, they said, must possess a well-furnished mind. You may be a salesman or a farmer or a housewife, but you have a responsibility to be familiar with the best that has been thought and said.”
Just found this marvelous column in Nancy Lindemeyer’s Journal. Kind of expresses my thoughts about artists, too.