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The only kind of sublimity which a painter or sculptor should aim at is to express by certain proportions and positions of limbs and features that strength and dignity of mind, and vigor and activity of body, which enables men to conceive and execute great actions.
      - Edmund Burke

A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
      - Al Capp,
        referring to abstract art, in the "National Observer", July 1, 1963

In the fine arts, as in many other things, we know well only what we have not learned.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

All the arts, which have a tendency to raise man in the scale of being, have a certain common band of union, and are connected, if I may be allowed to say so, by blood-relationship with one another.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

All the arts which belong to polished life have some common tie, and are connect as it were by some relationship.
  [Lat., Etenim omnes artes, quae ad humanitatem pertinent, habent quoddam commune vinculum, et quasi cognatione quadam inter se continentur.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Oratio Pro Licinio Archia (I)

Art itself, in all its methods, is the child of religion. The highest and best works in architecture, sculpture and painting, poetry and music, have been born out of the religion of Nature.
      - James Freeman Clarke

Art is not a pastime but a priesthood.
      - Jean Cocteau

Art neither belongs to religion, nor to ethics; but, like these, it brings us nearer to the Infinite, one of the forms of which it manifests to us. God is the source of all beauty, as of all truth, of all religion, of all morality. The most exalted object, therefore, of art is to reveal in its own manner the sentiment of the Infinite.
      - Victor Cousin

Moral beauty is the basis of all true beauty. This foundation is somewhat covered and veiled in nature. Art brings it out, and gives it more transparent forms. It is here that art, when it knows well its power and resources, engages in a struggle with nature in which it may have the advantage.
      - Victor Cousin

Art, as far as it is able, follow nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild.
  [It., L'arte vostra quella, quanto puote,
    Seque, come il maestro fa il discente;
      Si che vostr'arte a Dio quasi e nipote.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Inferno
         (XI, 103)

Art is wine and experience is the brandy we distill from it.
      - Robertson Davies

In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.
      - Edgar Degas

The object of art is to crystallize emotion into thought, and then to fix it in form.
      - Francois Delsarte

From Egypt arts their progress made to Greece, wrapped in the fable of the golden fleece.
      - Sir John Denham

As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure.
      - John Dewey

Art for art's sake.
  [Lat., Ars gratia artis.]
      - Howard Dietz

An amateur may not be an artist, though an artist should be an amateur.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

In art the Greeks were the children of the Egyptians. The day may yet come when we shall do justice to the high powers of that mysterious and imaginative people.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

In the study of the fine arts, they mutually assist each other.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
      - Isaac D'Israeli, Literary Character
         (ch. XI)

All passes, Art alone
  Enduring stays to us;
    The Bust out-lasts the throne,--
      The coin, Tiberius.
      - Henry Austin Dobson, Ars Victrix,
        imitated from Theophile Gautier

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.
      - Theodore Dreiser

Art may err, but nature cannot miss.
      - John Dryden

Art needs solitude or misery or passion. Lukewarm zephyrs wilt it. It is a rock-flower flourishing by stormy blasts in stony soil.
      - Alexandre Dumas pere

The highest art is artlessness.
      - Francis Alexander Durivage

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