"Creative people have to be fundamentally egoistic. This may sound pompous, but it happens to be the truth. People who live their lives watching what goes on around them, trying not to make waves, and looking for the easy compromise are not going to be able to do creative work, whatever their field. To build something where there was nothing requires deep individual concentration, and in most case that kind of concentration occurs in a place unrelated to cooperation with others, a place we might even call damonisch" 

Haruki Murakami 'absolutely on music - conversations with Seiji Ozawa'