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" If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it. "
" The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art. "
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
" I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art. "
" Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor. "
" I do not regard advertising as entertainment or an art form, but as a medium of information. "
" The art of medicine was to be properly learned only from its practice and its exercise. "
" Art must take reality by surprise. "
" The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. "
" You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul. "
George Bernard Shaw
" If my art has nothing to do with people's pain and sorrow, what is 'art' for? "
" The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. "
" Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. "
" I like to learn. That's an art and a science. "
" I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing. "
Francis Ford Coppola
" It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. "
" Where there is no human connection, there is no compassion. Without compassion, then community, commitment, loving-kindness, human understanding, and peace all shrivel. Individuals become isolated, the isolated turn cruel, and the tragic hovers in the forms of domestic and civil violence. Art and literature are antidotes to that. "
" Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time. "
" In our film profession you may have Gable's looks, Tracy's art, Marlene's legs or Liz's violet eyes, but they don't mean a thing without that swinging thing called courage. "
" Music is an emotional experience, and that is what imprints itself on the soul. And I think for me, any great art is art which communicates human emotion. "
" You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh. "
John Singer Sargent
" I believe love at first sight is possible. Centuries of literature and art and beauty has been dedicated to that idea, so who am I to argue, even if I've never experienced it? "
" On the personal side, family is really important to me. I have a big family - five kids and 12 grandkids - so keeping that going is wonderful. And I do a lot of philanthropy. I'm chairman of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "
" When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it - a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand - as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash between the two, it's bad art. "
" There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. "
" What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter - a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue. "
" Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day. "
" Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. "
" Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat. "
" Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn. "
" Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. "
Ralph Waldo Emerson
" I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art. "