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ART
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In architecture as in all other operative arts, the end must direct the operation. The end is to build well. Well building has three conditions: Commodity, Firmness and Delight.
      - Henry Watton

It was Homer who gave laws to the artist.
      - Francis D.D. Wayland,
        The Iliad and the Bible

A work of art has an author and yet, when it is perfect, it has something which is anonymous about it.
      - Simone Weil

The object of science is knowledge; the objects of art are works. In art, truth is the means to an end; in science, it is the only end. Hence the practical arts are not to be classed among the sciences.
      - William Whewell

Around the mighty master came
  The marvels which his pencil wrought,
    Those miracles of power whose fame
      Is wide as human thought.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, Raphael (st. 8)

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

All art is quite useless.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

All good art is an indiscretion.
      - Tennessee Williams

Art, not less eloquently than literature, teaches her children to venerate the single eye. Remember Matsys. His representations of miser-life are breathing. A forfeited bond twinkles in the hard smile. But follow him to an altar-piece. His Apostle has caught a stray tint from his usurer. Features of exquisite beauty are seen and loved; but the old nature of avarice frets under the glow of devotion. Pathos staggers on the edge of farce.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

Winckelmann wished to live with a work of art as a friend. The saying is true of pen and pencil. Fresh lustre shoots from Lycidas in a twentieth perusal. The portraits of Clarendon are mellowed by every year of reflection.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

If you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.
      - Frank Lloyd Wright

Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned.
      - William Butler Yeats

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
      - Frank Zappa


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