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Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.

Great art picks up where nature ends.

He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.

He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.

Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.

I always try to balance the light with the heavy - a few tears of human spirit in with the sequins and the fringes.

I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in that art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible.

I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth, thou art not my abyss!

I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot.

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.

I cry out for order and find it only in art.

I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his "divine service."

I do not regard advertising as entertainment or an art form, but as a medium of information.

I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.

I don't think any movie or any book or any work of art can solve the stalemate in the Middle East today. But it's certainly worth a try.

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.

I don't want to be interesting. I want to be good.

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.

I have been no more than a medium, as it were.

I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: human creation is never perfect.


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