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There are certain epochs in art when simplicity is audacious originality.
      - Achille Poincelot

Art still followed where Rome's eagles flew.
      - Alexander Pope

Less disappointing than life, great works of art do not begin by giving us all their best.
      - Marcel Proust

Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.
      - Marcel Proust

The learned understand the reason of the art, the unlearned feel the pleasure.
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus)

The perfection of art is to conceal art.
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus)

Art is not imitation, but illusion.
      - Charles Reade

Unless art deceives, it is not art.
      - W.L. Reiner

A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.
      - Sir Joshua Reynolds

Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.
  [Ger., Die Kunst ist zwar nicht das Brod, aber der Wein des Lebens.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.
      - Rainer Marie Rilke

Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.
      - Rainer Marie Rilke

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
      - John Ruskin

Great art is precisely that which never was, nor will be taught, it is preeminently and finally the expression of the spirits of great men.
      - John Ruskin

In old times men used their powers of painting to show the objects of faith; in later times. they used the objects of faith that they might show their powers of painting.
      - John Ruskin

It is not so much in buying pictures as in being pictures, that you can encourage a noble school. The best patronage of art is not that which seeks for the pleasures of sentiment in a vague ideality, nor for beauty of form in a marble image, but that which educates your children into living heroes, and binds down the flights and the fondnesses of the heart into practical duty and faithful devotion.
      - John Ruskin

No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.
      - John Ruskin

Remember always, in painting as in eloquence, the greater your strength, the quieter will be your manner, and the fewer your words; and in painting, as in all the arts and acts of life the secret of high success will be found, not in a fretful and various excellence, but in a quiet singleness of justly chosen aim.
      - John Ruskin

The names of great painters are like passing-bells: in the name of Velasquez you hear sounded the fall of Spain; .in the name of Titian, that of Venice; in the name of Leonardo, that of Milan; in the name of Raphael, that of Rome. And there is profound justice in this, for in proportion to the nobleness of the power is the guilt of its use for purposes vain or vile; and hitherto the greater the art, the more surely has it been used, and used solely, for the decoration of pride or the provoking of sensuality.
      - John Ruskin

The power of painter or poet to describe what he calls an ideal thing depends upon its being to him not an ideal but a real thing. No man ever did or ever will work well but either from actual sight or sight of faith.
      - John Ruskin

Whatever may be the means, or whatever the more immediate end of any kind of art, all of it that is good agrees in this, that it is the expression of one soul talking to another, and is precious according to the greatness of the soul that utters it.
      - John Ruskin

Greater completion marks the progress of art, absolute completion usually its decline.
      - John Ruskin,
        The Seven Lamps of Architecture
         (ch. IV, pt. XXX, The Lamp of Beauty)

Art, like life, should be free, since both are experimental.
      - George Santayana

Nothing is so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.
      - George Santayana

All the arts of pleasure grow when suckled by freedom.
  [Ger., Von der Freiheit gesaugt wachsen die Kunste der Lust.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Der Spaziergang (l. 122)

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