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True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
      - Albert Einstein

All men are in some degree impressed by the face of the world; some men even to delight. This love of beauty is taste. Others have the same love in such excess that, not content with admiring, they seek to embody it in new forms. The creation of beauty is art.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is a jealous mistress, and, if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband, and an ill provider, and should be wise in season, and not fetter himself with duties which will imbitter his days, and spoil him for his proper work.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is the path of the creator to his work.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think sculpture and painting have an effect to teach us manners, and abolish hurry.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit in every work of art.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The refining influence is the study of art, which is the science of beauty; and I find that every man values every scrap of knowledge in art, every observation of his own in it, every hint he has caught from another. For the laws of beauty are the beauty of beauty, and give the mind the same or a higher joy than the sight of it gives the senses. The study of art is of high value to the growth of the intellect.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The conscious utterance of thought, by speech or action, to any end, is art.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Society and Solitude--Art

All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
      - Federico Fellini

Do not imagine you can exorcise what oppresses you in life by giving vent to it in art.
      - Gustave Flaubert

Persons famous in the arts partake of the immortality of princes, and are upon a footing with them.
      - Francis I (Francois)

He that sips of many arts drinks of none.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

True art is but the anti-type of nature; the embodiment of discovered beauty in utility.
      - James Abram Garfield

In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters.
      - Paul Gauguin

Nothing so resembles a daub as a masterpiece.
      - Paul Gauguin

High art alone is eternal and the bust outlives the city.
  [Fr., L'Art supreme
    Seule a l'eternite
      Et le buste
        Survit la cite.]
      - Pierre Jules Theophile Gautier, L'Art

Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manifestation of nature agree to find new shapes.
      - Kahlil Gibran

Art is a severe business; most serious when employed in grand and sacred objects. The artist stands higher than art, higher than the object. He uses art for his purposes, and deals with the object after his own fashion.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Art is based on a strong sentiment of religion,--on a profound and mighty earnestness; hence it is so prone to co-operate with religion.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Beauty is at once the ultimate principle and the highest aim of art.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In art, to express the infinite one should suggest infinitely more than is expressed.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Many young painters would never have taken their pencils in hand if they could have felt, known, and understood, early enough, what really produced a master like Raphael.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The connoisseur of art must be able to appreciate what is simply beautiful, but the common run of people is satisfied with ornament.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The highest problem of every art is, by means of appearances, to produce the illusion of a loftier reality.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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