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For Art is Nature made by Man
  To Man the interpreter of God.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

Art is a jealous thing; it requires the whole and entire man.
      - Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarrotti)

I saw the angel in the marble and I just chiselled until I set him free.
      - Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarrotti)

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
      - Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarrotti)

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.
      - Henry Miller

The essence of painting has actually always been to make it [the universal] plastically perceptible through colour and line.
      - Piet Mondrian,
        Natural Reality and Abstract Reality

The first hole made through a piece of stone is a revelation.
      - Henry Moore, in the "Listener"

The heart desires,
  The hand refrains,
    The Godhead fires,
      The soul attains.
      - William Morris (1),
        inscribed on four pictures of Pygmalion and Galatea by Burne-Jones

Art is not an end in itself, but a means of addressing humanity.
      - Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

The art of a people is a true mirror of their minds.
      - Jawaharlal Nehru

Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Art is the proper task of life.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Art raises its head where creeds relax.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

A fine artist is one who makes familiar things new and new things familiar.
      - Louis Nizer

The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
      - Novalis (pseudonym of Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg)

An artist is his own fault.
      - John O'Hara,
        The Portable F. Scott Fitzgerald

Art is more godlike than science. Science discovers; art creates.
      - John Opie ("The Cornish Wonder")

It is art to conceal art.
  [Lat., Ars est celare artem.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

By arts, sails, and oars, ships are rapidly moved; arts move the
  light chariot, and establish love.
    [Lat., Arte citae veloque rates remoque moventur;
      Arte levis currus, arte regendus Amor.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (I, 3)

Art is a form of catharsis.
      - Dorothy Rothchild Parker (Mrs. Alan Campbell)

Art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass.
      - Walter Horatio Pater

All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.
      - Walter Horatio Pater,
        Studies in the History of the Renaissance--The School of Giorgione

To me there is no past or future in art. If a work of art cannot live always in the present it must not be considered at all. The art of the Greeks, of the Egyptians, of the great painters who lived in other times, is not an art of the past, perhaps it is more alive today than it ever was.
      - Pablo R. Picasso

We might adapt for the artist the joke about there being nothing more dangerous than instruments of war in the hands of generals. In the same way, there is nothing more dangerous than justice in the hands of judges, and a paint brush in the hands of a painter! Just think of the danger to society! But today we haven't the heart to expel the painters and poets because we no longer admit to ourselves that there is any danger in keeping them in our midst.
      - Pablo R. Picasso,
        in Gerald Howe's "The Painter's Object"

If my husband ever met a woman on the street who looked like the women in his paintings, he would faint.
      - Mrs. Pablo Picasso (nee Jacqueline Rogue)

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