La vie de la Bohéme is an aspiring artist's life spent on the margins of society in an atmosphere of books, art, thought and music, but for a true artist it can only be a preliminary stage of his development. He must leave before it destroys him—not by making him freeze or starve, but by arresting him in a world of dreams and hopes, of promiscuity and rebellion until, never really learning the discipline needed to write his poem or paint his watercolour, he despairs. Marcello sings "It's a beautiful life of false illusions. You believe, you hope and everything looks beautiful, but it's all illusions and utopias."I took time to write this down, so it must be significant.
~The Opera Goer's Guide by M. Owen Lee