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Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.

Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

Every artist was first an amateur.

Every artist writes his own autobiography.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. The chasm is never completely bridged. We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.

Every good painter paints what he is.

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.

Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul.

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.

Flirting is the gentle art of making a man feel pleased with himself.

For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.

Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

Give me a museum and I'll fill it.

Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest persons uneasy, is the best bred in the company.


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