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The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art.

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.

The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.

The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.

The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

The excellence of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeables evaporate, from their being in close relationship with beauty and truth.

The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.

The foundation of empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them, and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose.

The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.

The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout man. - A scoffing Raphael, or an irreverent Michael Angelo, is not conceivable.

The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.

The highest problem of any art is to cause by appearance the illusion of a higher reality.

The highest triumph of art, is the truest presentation of nature.

The history of art is the history of revivals.

The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.


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