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Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.
~ Joseph Conrad

 

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Art -- the one achievement of Man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised.
~ James Thurber

 

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Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.
~ Marshall Mcluhan

 

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Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
~ Jean-Luc Godard

 

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Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

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Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.
~ Jacques Barzun

 

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Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.
~ Paul Klee

 

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Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.
~ Yu Cao

 

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Art for art's sake? I should think so, and more so than ever at the present time. It is the one orderly product which our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths, it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden... it is the best evidence we can have of our dignity.
~ Edward M. Forster

 

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Art has an enemy called ignorance.
~ Ben Johnson

 

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Art imitates Nature in this; not to dare is to dwindle.
~ John Updike

 

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Art is a form of catharsis.
~ Dorothy Parker

 

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Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb.
~ Jean Arp

 

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Art is a jealous mistress; and if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
~ Pablo Picasso

 

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Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist. We need works that are strong, straight, precise, and forever beyond understanding.
~ Tristan Tzara

 

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Art is a reality, not a definition; inasmuch as it approaches a reality, it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere definition, it is imperfect and untrue.
~ Benjamin Haydon

 

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Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. An artist recreates those aspects of reality which represent his fundamental view of man's nature.
~ Ayn Rand

 

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Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs.
~ Charlotte Saunders Cushman

 

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Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem.
~ Lindsay Anderson

 

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