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In art them is a point of perfection, as of goodness or maturity in nature; he who is able to perceive it, and who loves it, has perfect taste; he who does not feel it, or loves on this side or that, has an imperfect taste.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

An artist should have more than two eyes.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Art is the objectification of feeling, and the subjectification of nature.
      - Susanne K. Langer, Mind (vol. I)

The enemy of art is the enemy of nature; art is nothing but the highest sagacity and exertions of human nature; and what nature will he honor who honors not the human?
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
      - David Herbert Lawrence

Ah! would that we could at once paint with the eyes! In the long way, from the eye, through the arm to the pencil, how much is lost!
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing

Art is the gift of God, and must be used unto His glory.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Art is power.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. III, ch. V)

The counterfeit and counterpart
  Of nature reproduced in art.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Keramos
         (l. 380)

Art is the child of nature; yes,
  Her darling child in whom we trace
    The features of the mother's face,
      Her aspect and her attitude.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Keramos
         (l. 382)

Dead he is not, but departed,--for the artist never dies.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nuremberg
         (st. 13)

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
      - Amy Lowell

For Art is Nature made by Man
  To Man the interpreter of God.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        The Artist (st. 26)

All art is a revolt against man's fate.
      - Andre Malraux

In art, we are the first heirs of all the earth. . . . Accidents impair and Time transforms, but it is we who choose.
      - Andre Malraux

Art is to the community what the dream is to the individual.
      - Thomas Mann

Since I have known God in a saving manner, painting, poetry, and music have had charms unknown to me before. I have received what I suppose is a taste for them, or religion has refined my mind and made it susceptible of impressions from the sublime and beautiful. O, how religion secures the heightened enjoyment of those pleasures which keep so many from God, by their becoming a source of pride!
      - Henry Martyn

The inglorious arts of peace.
      - Andrew Marvell, the Younger

Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.
      - Karl Marx

A first rate soup is better than a second rate painting.
      - Abraham Maslow

One of the first principles of decorative art is that in all manufactures ornament must hold a place subordinate to that of utility; and when, by its exuberance, ornament interferes with utility, it is misplaced and vulgar.
      - George Mason

Artists may produce excellent designs, but they will avail little, unless the taste of the public is sufficiently cultivated to appreciate them.
      - George C. Mason

What I dream of is an art of balance and purity, of serenity devoid of troubling and depressing subject matter . . .
      - Henri Matisse

Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more human world.
      - Andre Maurois

Art does not imitate, but interpret.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini

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