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ART
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There is a great amity between designing and art.
      - Joseph Addison

True art selects and paraphrases, but seldom gives a verbatim translation.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The object of art is to give life a shape.
      - Jean Anouilh

The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.
      - James Baldwin

Art's greatest efforts are invariably a timid counterfeit of Nature.
      - Honore de Balzac

What is art? Nature concentrated.
      - Honore de Balzac

Rules may teach us not to raise the arms above the head; but if passion carries them, it will be well done; passion knows more than art.
      - Marie Le Baron

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

It is the end of art to inoculate men with the love of nature.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

No work of art is worth the bones of a Pomeranian Grenadier.
      - quoted by Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck

The highest art is always the most religious; and the greatest artist is always a devout man. A scoffing Raphael or Michael Angelo is not conceivable.
      - John Stuart Blackie

A great work of art is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.
      - Nadia Boulanger

I once asked a distinguished artist what place he gave to labor in art. "Labor," he in effect said, "is the beginning, the middle, and the end of art." Turning then to another--"And you," I inquired, "what do you consider as the great force in art?" "Love," he replied. In their two answers I found but one truth.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The great artist is the slave of his ideal.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do.
      - Elizabeth Bowen

It is only with the best judges that the highest works of art would lose none of their honor by being seen in their rudiments.
      - John Frederick Boyes

All things are artificial; for nature ix the art of God.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Now nature is not at variance with art, nor art with nature; they being both the servants of his providence. Art is the perfection of nature. Were the world now as it was the sixth day, there were yet a chaos. Nature hath made one world, and art another. In brief, all things are artificial; for nature is the art of God.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
         (sec. 16)

It is the glory and good of Art,
  That Art remains the one way possible
    Of speaking truth, to mouths like mine at least.
      - Robert Browning,
        The Ring and the Book--The Book and the Ring
         (l. 842)

Art does not imitate nature, but it founds itself on the study of nature,--takes from nature, the selections which best accord with its own intention, and then bestows on them that which nature does not possess, viz. the mind and the soul of man.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Art employs method for the symmetrical formation of beauty, as science employs it for the logical exposition of truth; but the mechanical process is, in the last, ever kept visibly distinct, while in the first it escapes from sight amid the shows of color and the curves of grace.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Art is the effort of man to express the ideas which nature suggests to him of a power above nature, whether that power be within the recesses of his own being, or in the Great First Cause of which nature, like himself, is but the effect.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The first essential to success in the art you practice is respect for the art itself.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Those critics who, in modern times, have the most thoughtfully analyzed the laws of aesthetic beauty, concur in maintain that the real truthfulness of all works of imagination--sculpture, painting, written fiction--is so purely in the imagination, that the artist never seeks to represent the positive truth, but the idealized image of a truth.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

A true artist should put a generous deceit on the spectators, and effect the noblest designs :by easy methods.
      - Edmund Burke


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