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Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.
  [Ger., Kunst ist die rechte Hand der Natur. Diese hat nur Geschopfe, jene hat Menschen gemacht.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Fiesco (II, 17)

Seraphs share with thee
  Knowledge; But Art, O Man, is thine alone!
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        The Artists (st. 2)

Art is difficult, transient is her reward.
  [Schwer ist die Kunst, verganglich ist ihr Preis.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein (prologue, l. 40)

That which exists in nature is a something purely individual and particular. Art, on the contrary, is essentially destined to manifest the general.
      - August Wilhelm von Schlegel

What a conception of art must those theorists have who exclude portraits from the proper province of the fine arts! It is exactly as if we denied that to be poetry in which the poet celebrates the woman he really loves. Portraiture is the basis and the touchstone of historic painting.
      - August Wilhelm von Schlegel

The mother of useful arts is necessity; that of the fine arts is luxury. For father the former has intellect; the latter genius, which itself is a kind of luxury.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

All art is but imitation of nature.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

That is the utterance of the greatest of physicians, that life is short and art long.
  [Lat., Illa maximi medicorum exclamatio est, Vitam brevem esse, longam artem.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Brevitate Vitoe (I)

This is an art which does mend nature,--change it rather; but the art itself is nature.
      - William Shakespeare

In framing an artist, art hath thus decreed,
  To make some good, but others to exceed;
    And you are her labored scholar.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Antiochus, King of Antioch at II, iii)

Therefore, to be possessed with double pomp,
  To guard a title that was rich before,
    To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
      To throw a perfume on the violet,
        To smooth the ice, or add another hue
          Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
            To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
              Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Salisbury at IV, ii)

Look when a painter would surpass the like
  In limning out a well-proportioned steed,
    His art with nature's workmanship at strife,
      As if the dead the living should exceed--
        So did this horse excel a common one
          In shape, in courage, color, pace, and bone.
      - William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis
         (l. 289)

Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
      - George Bernard Shaw

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
      - George Bernard Shaw

To sit for one's portrait is like being present at one's own creation.
      - Alexander Smith

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.
      - Susan Sontag

The painter is, as to the execution of his work, a mechanic; but as to his conception, his spirit, and design, he is hardly below even the poet in liberal art.
      - Sir Richard Steele

We speak of profane arts; but there are none properly such; every art is holy in itself; it is the son of Eternal Light.
      - Esaias Tegner

It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look . . . To affect the quality of the day--that is the highest of arts.
      - Henry David Thoreau

He knows all about art, but he doesn't know what he likes.
      - James Thurber

To evoke in oneself a feeling one has experienced, and having evoked it in oneself, then by means of movement, lines, colors, sounds, or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling that others experience the same feeling--this is the activity of art.
      - Leo Tolstoy (Count Lev Tolstoi)

A work of art is said to be perfect in proportion as it does not remind the spectator of the process by which it was created.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

It is only the educated who can produce or appreciate high art.
      - Marguerite de Valois

I cannot help it that my pictures do not sell.
      - Vincent van Gogh

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