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"The man who lies asleep will never waken fame."
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DANTE

"The more obstinately one tries to shoot for the sake of hitting the target, the less one will succeed. In the same way, as long as I am aware of my inability to paint exactly as I desire, I am paralyzed by that desire and only when I succeed in abolishing completely that desire can I create anything."
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ALAN DAVIE

"Human ingenuity may make various inventions . . . But it will never devise any inventions more beautiful, nor more simple, nor more to the purpose than Nature does; because in her inventions nothing is wanting and nothing is superfluous."
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LEONARDO DA VINCI

"It reflects no great honor on a painter to be able to execute only one thing well -- such as a head, an academy figure, or draperies, animals, landscapes, or the like -- in other words, confining himself to some particular object of study. This is so because there is scarcely a person so devoid of genius as to fail of success if he applies himself earnestly to one branch of study and practices it continually."
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LEONARDO DA VINCI

"Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind."
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LEONARDO DAVINCI

"Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world."
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LEONARDO DA VINCI

"You [artists] should look at certain walls stained with damp, or at stones of uneven color. If you have to invent some backgrounds you will be able to see in these the likeness of divine landscapes, adorned with mountains, ruins, rocks, woods, great plains, hills and valleys in great variety; and expressions of faces and clothes and an infinity of things which you will be able to reduce to their complete and proper forms. In such walls the same thing happens as in the sound of bells, in whose stroke you may find every named word which you can imagine."
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LEONARDO DA VINCI

"The eye is the window of the human body through which it feels its way and enjoys the beauty of the world. Owing to the eye the soul is content to stay in its bodily prison, for without it such bodily prison is torture."
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LEONARDO DA VINCI

"As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death."
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LEONARDO DA VINCI

"In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men."
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SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

"Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us."
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GUY DEBORD

"I have no country to fight for: my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world."
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EUGENE DEBS

"More primordial than any idea, beauty will be manifest as the herald and generator of ideas."
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TEILHARD DE CHARDIN

"Humanity has just entered what is probably the greatest transformation it has ever known… something is happening in the structure of human consciousness. It is another species of life that is just beginning."
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TEILHARD DE CHARDIN

"A painting in a museum probably hears more foolish remarks than anything else in the world."
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EDMOND AND JULES DE GONCOURT

"What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough."
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EUGENE DELACROIX

"The source of genius is imagination alone, the refinement of the senses that sees what others do not see, or sees them differently."
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EUGENE DELACROIX

"All the effects of Nature are only the mathematical consequences of a small number of immutable laws."
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PIERRE SIMON DE LAPLACE

"There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent."
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MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE

"Art is man determined to die sane."
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BERNARD DE VOTO

"Do not speak harshly to any one; those who are spoken to will answer thee in the same way. Angry speech is painful: blows for blows will touch thee."
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THE DHAMMAPADA

"For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity."
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JEAN DUBUFFET

"When I feel a little confused the only thing to do is to turn back to the study of nature before launching once again into the subjects closest to heart."
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RAOUL DUFY

"My inspiration comes from creating art that serves humanity, not itself."
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AMANDA DUNBAR

"It is good a philosopher should remind himself, now and then, that he is a particle pontificating on infinity."
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ARIEL DURANT

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