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Irish writer on art
(1794 - 1860)
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In the art of design, color is to form what verse is to prose,--a more harmonious and luminous vehicle of the thought.
      - [Art]

It is not poverty so much as pretence that harasses a ruined man--the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse--the keeping up a hollow show that must soon come to an end. Have the courage to appear poor, and you disarm poverty of its sharpest sting.
      - [Poverty]

Lavater told Goethe that on a certain occasion when he held the velvet bag in the church as collector of the offerings, he tried to observe only the hands; and he satisfied himself that in every individual the shape of the hand and of the fingers, the action and sentiment in dropping the gift into the bag, were distinctly different and individually characteristic.
      - [Hand]

Modesty and chastity are twins.
      - [Chastity]

Nature and truth are one, and immutable, and inseparable as beauty and love.
      - [Nature]

Never yet were the feelings and instincts of our nature violated with impunity; never yet was the voice of conscience silenced without retribution.
      - [Punishment]

Satan--the impersonation of that mixture of the bestial, the malignant, the impious, and the hopeless, which constitute the fiend--the enemy of all that is human and divine.
      - [Fiends]

Talk without truth is the hollow brass; talk without love is like the tinkling cymbal, and when it does not tinkle it jingles, and when it does not jingle, it jars.
      - [Talking]

The intellect of woman bears the same relationship to that of man as her physical organization; it is inferior in power and different in kind.
      - [Intellect]

The moment in which the spirit meets death is perhaps like the moment in which it is embraced in sleep. I suppose it never happened to any one to be conscious of the immediate transition from the waking to the sleeping state.
      - [Death]

The moment one begins to solder right and wrong together, one's conscience becomes like a piece of plated goods.
      - [Finesse]

There are brains so large that they unconsciously swamp all individualities ties which come in contact or too near, and brains so small that they cannot take in the conception of any other individuality as a whole, only in part or parts.
      - [Brain]

Those recesses of the inner life, which the God who made us keeps from every eye but His own.
      - [Thought]

To some characters, fame is like an intoxicating cup placed to the lips,--they do well to turn away from it who fear it will turn their heads. But to others fame is "love disguised," the love that answers to love in its widest, most exalted sense.
      - [Fame]

We can sometimes love what we do not understand, but it is impossible completely to understand what we do not love.
      - [Understanding]

We must be careful that the bond of wedlock does not become bondage.
      - [Wedlock]

What we earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are.
      - [Aspiration]

What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of the mind, for the moment realizes itself.
      - [Aspiration]

Where the vivacity of the intellect and the strength of the passions exceed the development of the moral faculties the character is likely to be embittered or corrupted by extremes, either of adversity or prosperity.
      - [Character]

The true purpose of education is to cherish and unfold the seed of immortality already sown within us; to develop, to their fullest extent, the capacities of every kind with which the God who made us has endowed us.
      - Education--Winter Studies and Summer Rambles

Piety in art--poetry in art--Puseyism in art--let us be careful how we confound them.
      - Memoirs and Essays--The House of Titian

Fame has no necessary conjunction with praise: it may exist without the breath of a word: it is a recognition of excellence which must be felt but need not be spoken. Even the envious must feel it: feel it, and hate it in silence.
      - Memoirs and Essays--Washington Allston

He that seeks popularity in art closes the door on his own genius: as he must needs paint for other minds, and not for his own.
      - Memoirs and Essays--Washington Allston

Reputation being essentially contemporaneous, is always at the mercy of the Envious and the Ignorant. But Fame, whose very birth is posthumous, and which is only known to exist by the echo of its footsteps through congenial minds, can neither be increased nor diminished by any degree of wilfulness.
      - Memoirs and Essays--Washington Allston

Reputation is but a synonyme of popularity: dependent on suffrage, to be increased or diminished at the will of the voters.
      - Memoirs and Essays--Washington Allston

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