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A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.
~ Charles Baudelaire

 

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A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving. A good artist lets his intuition lead him wherever it wants.
~ Lao-Tzu

 

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A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
~ Michelangelo

 

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A painting in a museum probably hears more foolish remarks than anything else in the world.
~ Edmond and Jules De Goncourt

 

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A picture is a poem without words.
~ Horace

 

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A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.
~ Lionel Trilling

 

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A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.
~ Eugene Ionesco

 

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A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.
~ Marcel Proust

 

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Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
~ Al Capp

 

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Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
~ Marshall Mcluhan

 

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All art is an imitation of nature.
~ Seneca

 

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All art is quite useless.
~ Oscar Wilde

 

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All great art, and today all great artlessness, must appear extreme to the mass of men, as we know them today. It springs from the anguish of great souls. From the souls of men not formed, but deformed in factories whose inspiration is pelf.
~ Alexander Trocchi

 

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An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why.
~ William Faulkner

 

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An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.
~ Joseph Conrad

 

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An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.
~ Willem De Kooning

 

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An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
~ Andy Warhol

 

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An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.
~ Evelyn Waugh

 

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And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves ''It's pretty, but is it Art?''
~ Rudyard Kipling

 

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Any artist should be grateful for a nanve grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.
~ Saul Bellow

 

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