"Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth."
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"The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal."
"Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm."
"The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart."
"All art is an imitation of nature."
"The object of art is to give life a shape. [Midsummer Nights Dream]"
"O, had I but followed the arts!"
"Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort."
"Art is the signature of civilizations."
"The vitality of a new movement in Art must be gauged by the fury it arouses."
"Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words."
"What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real."
"Art -- the one achievement of Man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised."
"If that's art, I'm a Hottentot!"
"Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art."
"Labor is the beginning, the middle, and the end of art."
"Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art."
"Art imitates Nature in this; not to dare is to dwindle."
"The art of creation is older than the art of killing."
"Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction."
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