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If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.

In an era ruled by materialism and unstable geopolitics, art must be restored to the center of public education.

In art as in love, instinct is enough.

In art the best is good enough.

In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.

In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.

In science, as in art, and, as I believe, in every other sphere of human activity, there may be wisdom in a multitude of counselors, but it is only in one or two of them.

In sculpture did any one ever call the Apollo a fancy piece; or say of the Laocoon how it might be made different? - A masterpiece of art has, to the mind, a fixed place in the chain of being, as much as a plant or a crystal.

In the art of design, color is to form what verse is to prose, a more harmonious and luminous vehicle of thought.

In the haunted house of life, art is the only stair that doesn't creak. See quote detail

In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.

Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.

Is there not an art, a music, and a stream of words that shalt be life, the acknowledged voice of life?

It has taken me years of struggle, hard work and research to learn to make one simple gesture, and I know enough about the art of writing to realize that it would take as many years of concentrated effort to write one simple, beautiful sentence.

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.


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