In Further Pursuit of Elegance

A great piece of art is composed not just of what is in the final piece, but equally what is not. It is the discipline to discard what does not fit -- to cut out what might have already cost days or even years of effort -- that distinguishes the truly exceptional artist and marks the ideal piece of work, be it a symphony, a novel, a painting, a business, or most important of all, a life.

-- Matthew E May