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ART
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The misfortune in the state is, that nobody can enjoy life in peace, but that everybody must govern; and in art, that nobody will enjoy what has been produced, but that every one wants to reproduce on his own account.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The summit charms us, the steps to it do not; with the heights before our eyes, we like to linger in the plain. It is only a part of art that can be taught; but the artist needs the whole. He who is only half instructed speaks much and is always wrong; who knows it wholly is content with acting and speaks seldom or late.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from the artist is to make him ruin his work.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As all Nature's thousands changes
  But one changeless God proclaim;
    So in Art's wide kingdom ranges
      One sole meaning still the same:
        This is Truth, eternal Reason,
          Which from Beauty takes its dress,
            And serene through time and season
              Stands for aye in loveliness.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Wilhelm Meister's Travels
         (ch. XIV (in Carlyle's edition, ch. III, 128))

His pencil was striking, resistless, and grand;
  His manners were gentle, complying, and bland;
    Still born to improve in every part,
      His pencil out faces, his manners are heart.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Retaliation (l. 139)

The canvas glow'd beyond ev'n nature warm;
  The pregnant quarry teem'd with human form.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 137)

The perfection of an art consists in the employment of a comprehensive system of laws, commensurate to every purpose within its scope, but concealed from the eye of the spectator; and in the production of effects that seem to flow forth spontaneously, as though uncontrolled by their influence, and which are equally excellent, whether regarded individually, or in reference to the proposed result.
      - John Mason Good, The Book of Nature
         (series I, lecture IX)

Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

There are two kinds of artists in this world; those that work because the spirit is in them, and they cannot be silent if they would, and those that speak from a conscientious desire to make apparent to others the beauty that has awakened their own admiration.
      - Anna Katharine Green

The study of art is a taste at once engrossing and unselfish, which may be indulged without effort, and yet has the power of exciting the deepest emotions;--a taste able to exercise and to gratify both the nobler and softer parts of our nature.
      - Francois Pierre G. Guizot

The study of art possesses this great and peculiar charm, that it is absolutely unconnected with the struggles and contests of ordinary life. By private interests, by political questions, men are deeply divide, and set at variance; but beyond and above all such party strifes, they are attracted and united by a taste for the beautiful in art.
      - Francois Pierre G. Guizot

Art is the microscope of the mind, which sharpens the wit as the other does the sight; and converts every object into a little universe in itself. Art may be said to draw aside the veil from nature. To those who are perfectly unskilled in the practice, unimbued with the principles of art, most objects present only a confused mass.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Art must anchor in nature, or it is the sport of every breath of folly.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

No man can thoroughly master more than one art or science.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The artist is the child in the popular fable, every one of whose tears was a pearl. Ah! the world, that cruel step-mother, beats the poor child the harder to make him shed more pearls.
      - Heinrich Heine

Art, however innocent, looks like deceiving.
      - Aaron Hill

Artists will sometimes speak of Rome with disparagement or indifference while it is before them; but no artist ewer lived in Rome and then left it, without sighing to return.
      - George Stillman Hillard

Excellence in art is to be attained only by active effort, and not by passive impressions; by the manly overcoming of difficulties, by patient struggle against adverse circumstance, by the thrifty use of moderate opportunities. The great artists were not rocked and dandled into eminence, but they attained to it by that course of labor and discipline which no man need go to Rome or Paris or London to enter upon.
      - George Stillman Hillard

Many persons feel art, some understand it; but few both feel and understand it.
      - George Stillman Hillard

Art [of healing] is long, but life is fleeting.
  [Lat., Ars longa, vita brevis est.]
      - Hippocrates of Iphicrates, Aphorismi
         (I, Nobilissimus Medicus)

Artists are nearest God. Into their souls he breathes his life, and from their hands it comes in fair, articulate forms to bless bless the world.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

The temple of art is built of words. Painting and sculpture and music are but the blazon of its windows, borrowing all their significance from the light, and suggestive only of the temple's uses.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb),
        Plain Talks on Familiar Subjects--Art and Life

Immortal art! where'er the rounded sky
  Bends o'er the cradle where thy children lie,
    Their home is earth, their herald every tongue.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The one thing that marks the true artist is a clear perception and a firm, bold hand, in distinction from that imperfect mental vision and uncertain touch which give us the feeble pictures and the lumpy statues of the mere artisans on canvas or in stone.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

It is not strength, but art, obtains the prize,
  And to be swift is less than to be wise.
    'Tis more by art, than force of numerous strokes.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. 23, l. 382), (Pope's translation)


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