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WASHINGTON ALLSTON
American painter and poet
(1779 - 1843)

Desert being the essential condition of praise, there can be no reality in the one without the other.
      - [Praise]

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 in silence.
      - [Fame]

He who has no pleasure in looking up, is not fit so much as to look down.
      - [Respect]

In the same degree that we overrate ourselves, we shall underrate others; for injustice allowed at home is not likely to be corrected abroad.
      - [Self-conceit]

It is a hard matter for a man to lie all over, nature having provided king's evidence in almost every member. The hand will sometimes act as a vane, to show which way the wind blows, even when every feature is set the other way; the knees smite together and sound the alarm of fear under a fierce countenance; the legs shake with anger when all above us calm.
      - [Lying]

It was Dante who called this noble art God's grandchild.
      - [Sculpture]

Make no man your idol; for the best man must have faults, and his faults will usually become yours in addition to your own. This is as true in art as in morals.
      - [Idolatry]

Never expect justice from a vain man; if he has the negative magnanimity not to disparage you, it is the most you can expect.
      - [Vanity]

No man knows himself as an original.
      - [Originality]

Selfishness in art, as in other things, is sensibility kept at home.
      - [Selfishness]

The love of gain never made a painter; but it has marred many.
      - [Painting]

The most intangible, and therefore the worst, kind of a lie is a half truth. This is the peculiar device of a "conscientious" detractor.
      - [Lying]

The painter who is content with the praise of the world in respect to what does not satisfy himself is not an artist, but an artisan; for though his reward be only praise, his pay is that of a mechanic.
      - [Painting]

Yet, still, from either beach,
  The voice of blood shall reach,
    More audible than speech,
      "We are one!"
      - America to Great Britain [America]


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