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To do a dull thing with style-now that's what I call art.

To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury in the Art of Peace.

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.

To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it.

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.

Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.

Trifles make perfection - and perfection is no trifle.

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist

True art is reverent imitation of God.

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance.

Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.

Trying to force creativity is never good.

Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.

Very sacred is the vocation of the artist, who has to do directly with the works of God, and interpret the teaching of creation to mankind. All honor to the man who treats it sacredly; who studies, as in God's presence, the thoughts of God which are expressed to him; and makes all things according to the pattern which he is ever ready to show to earnest and reverent genius on the mount.

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand.

We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art.


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