Thanks again to Debra Murphy's "Quotes for Catholic Writers":
"What first stuns the young writer emerging from college is that there is no clear-cut road for him to travel on. He must chop a path in the wilderness of his own soul; a disheartening process, lifelong and lonesome."
--Flannery O'Connor, 1948
(Debra noted that this quote is from a review of a new biography of Flannery O'Connor at The Washington Post.)