"I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers."
"If we want the arts to thrive, we must largely decommission the Canada Council, and the provincial arts councils, and ask our artists to grow up and learn how the real world works. Then, perhaps we will have a vital arts community, one that lives in the entire community, not at a smug superior distance from that community. And that creates plays, ballets, symphonies, operas, literature that is engaged with the real world, not diddling with the notion of a cockeyed destructive dream of a socialist utopia."
--NATIONAL POST (CANADA)
"The art of a people is a true mirror of their minds."
"Hateful is the power, and pitiable is the life, of those who wish to be feared rather than to be loved."
"Where there is new knowledge of man, new art will be discovered, and the eternal in the art of the past will be discovered afresh."
"Pure strength is delicate."
"Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind."
"Such an achievement is surely a foretaste of the eventual realization of the democratic ideal, where art will be made not only for the people, but also by the people, and all the people will cooperate to make the common life more beautiful, until the communal life itself shall become a living work of art."
--NEW YORK AMERICAN, May 28, 1916 article about the community dramas of Percy's MacKaye.
"If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants."
"He who cannot find the way to his ideal lives more frivolously and shamelessly than the man without an ideal."
"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how."
"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude."
"In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule."
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you."
"We are on a mission -- we are called to form the earth."
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