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Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples.

Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.

Art is not necessary at all. All that is necessary to make this world a better place to live in is to love - to love as Christ loved, as Buddha loved.

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself.

Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.

Art is science made clear.

Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.

Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

Art is the most intense form of individualism that the world has known.

Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp.

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

Art is the proper task of life.

Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.


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