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A picture is a poem without words.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Art is long, life is short.
  [Lat., Ars longa, vita brevis.]
      - attributed to Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        original thought expressed by Hippocrates about 400 BC

Painters and poets have equal license in regard to everything.
  [Lat., Pictoribus atque poetis
    Quidlibet audendi semper fuit aequa potestas.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (9)

Art needs no spur beyond itself.
      - Victor Hugo

The true artist can only labor con amore.
      - Victor Hugo

It is a great mortification to the vanity of man that his utmost art and industry can never equal the meanest of Nature's productions, either for beauty or value. Art is only the underworkman, and is employed to give a few strokes of embellishment to those pieces which come from the hand of the master.
      - David Hume

The mission of art is to represent nature not to imitate her.
      - William Morris Hunt

Drawing is the true test of art.
      - J.A.D. Ingres

A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.
      - Eugene Ionesco

In the art of design, color is to form what verse is to prose,--a more harmonious and luminous vehicle of the thought.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

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

Art and nature have stores inexhaustible by human intellects; and every moment produces something new to him who has quickened his faculties by diligent observation.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The natural progress of the works of men is from rudeness to convenience to elegance, and from elegance to nicety.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Art hath an enemy called ignorance.
      - Ben Jonson, Every Man Out of his Humour
         (act I, sc. 1)

The ordinary true, or purely real, cannot be the object of the arts. Illusion on a ground of truth,--that is the secret of the fine arts.
      - Joseph Joubert

When the painter wishes to represent an event, he cannot place before us too great a number of personages; but he cannot employ too few when he wishes to portray an emotion.
      - Joseph Joubert

What is essential in a work of art is that it should rise far above the realm of personal life and speak to the spirit and heart of the poet as man to the spirit and heart of mankind.
      - Carl Gustav Jung

Every common dauber writes rascal and villain under his pictures, because the pictures themselves have neither character nor resemblance. But the works of a master require no index. His features and coloring are taken from nature. The impression they make is immediate and uniform; nor is it possible to mistake his characters.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Trash has given us an appetite for art.
      - Pauline Kael

Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

In free society, art is not a weapon and it does not belong to the sphere of polemics and ideology. Artists are not engineers of the soul.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
        in a speech at Amherst College, October 26, 1963

We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

We have learned to whittle the Eden Tree to the shape of a surplice peg,
  We have learned to bottle our parent twain in the yelk of an addled egg.
    We know that the tail must wag the dog, for the horse is drawn by the cart,
      But the devil never whoops, as he of old; It's clever, but is it art?
      - Rudyard Kipling,
        The Conundrum of the Workshops

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.
      - Paul Klee

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