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So vast is art, so narrow human wit.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

Space is the breath of art.

Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.

Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.

Telling lies is a fault in a boy, an art in a lover, an accomplishment in a bachelor, and second-nature in a married man.

That's the motivation of an artist - to seek attention of some kind.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.

The art is long, life is short.

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.

The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters is simplicity: nothing is better than simplicity.

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.

The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third.


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