"Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others."
[art is] "a profound thought in a state of becoming."
"Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered."
"See deep enough, and you see musically; the heart of Nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it."
"Endurance is patience concentrated."
"Fine art, that exists for itself alone, is art in a final state of impotence. If nobody, including the artist, acknowledges art as a means of knowing the world, then art is relegated to a kind of rumpus room of the mind and the irresponsibility of the artist and the irrelevance of art to actual living becomes part and parcel of the practice of art."
"Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers."
"Surely, a single bunch of carrots painted naively just as we personally see it is worth all according to time-honored formulas? The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution."
"Perhaps the moral force distributed over all the world is only man's striving to become sun again."
"Is it possible to paint a human being who does not believe in God?"
"I am the primitive of the way I have discovered."
"When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art."
"Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing."
"Talk doesn't cook rice."
"He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever."
"I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays, and have things arranged for them, that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas"
"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse."
"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."
"It ain't left or right. It's up and down. Here we all are down here struggling while the Corporate Elite are all up there having a nice day!.."
"I criticize by creation - not by finding fault."
"Exile is terrible to those who have, as it were, a circumscribed habitation; but not to those who look upon the whole globe as one city."
"America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization."
"Avoid extremes -- keep the Golden Mean."
--CLEOBULUS OF LINDUS
"Art is science made clear."
"The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head."
"If language is not correct, that which is said is not understood. If that which is said is not understood, what ought to be done is not done. If what should be done is not done, morals and art deteriorate. If morals and art deteriorate, justice goes astray. If justice goes astray, the people stand in confusion. Therefore, there must be no arbitrariness in what is said."
"I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity and earnest in seeking it there."
"The object of the superior man is truth."
"When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inward and examine ourselves."
"If a man take no thought at what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand."
"An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one."
--CHARLES HORTON COOLEY
"Doth not nature itself teach you?"
--I CORINTHIANS 11:14
"The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it." --GUSTAVE COURBET
"The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it."
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