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We have art in order not to die of the truth.

Well, Art is Art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.

Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.

What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real.

What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.

What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.

What the mass media offer is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.

What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.

When art dresses in worn-out material it is most easily recognized as art.

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.

When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others, to bring them into the process.

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.

When looking at any significant work of art, remember that a more significant one probably has had to be sacrificed.

When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration.

When the bright angel dominates, out comes a great work of art, a Michelangelo David or a Beethoven symphony.

When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life.

When we separate music from life we get art.

When we speak, in gestures or signs, we fashion a real object in the world; the gesture is seen, the words and the song are heard. The arts are simply a kind of writing, which, in one way or another, fixes words or gestures, and gives body to the invisible.

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.

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