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Experiment is necessary in establishing an academy, but certain principles must apply to this business of art as to any other business which affects the artistic tic sense of the community. Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language.

Author: Robert Menzies (1894-1978)

Profession: Australian Liberal Politician, Prime Minister

Caricature is rough truth.

Author: George Meredith (1828-1909)

Profession: British Author

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

Author: Michelangelo (1474-1564)

Profession: Italian Renaissance Painter, Sculptor

Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe; he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.

Author: William Morris (1834-1896)

Profession: British Artist, Writer, Printer

If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens.

Author: Grandma Moses (1860-1961)

Profession: American Artist

The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with.

Author: Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)

Profession: American Artist

Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.

Author: Iris Murdoch (1919)

Profession: British Novelist, Philosopher

To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.

Author: George Jean Nathan (1882-1958)

Profession: American Critic

Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

Art raises its head where creeds relax.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

We have art in order not to die of the truth.

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life.

Author: Novalis (1772-1801)

Profession: German Poet, Novelist