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Good art however ''immoral'' is wholly a thing of virtue. Good art can NOT be immoral. By good art I mean art that bears true witness, I mean the art that is most precise.

Author: Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Profession: American Poet, Critic

Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.

Author: Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Profession: American Poet, Critic

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

Author: Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

Profession: French Novelist

The perfection of art is to conceal art.

Author: Edgar Quinet (1803-1875)

Profession: French Poet, Historian, Politician

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.

Author: Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

Profession: Russian Writer, Philosopher

Art is too serious to be taken seriously.

Author: Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967)

Profession: American Artist

He bores me. He ought to have stuck to his flying machine. [On Leonardo Da Vinci]

Author: Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

Profession: French Impressionist Artist

There is the falsely mystical view of art that assumes a kind of supernatural inspiration, a possession by universal forces unrelated to questions of power and privilege or the artist's relation to bread and blood. In this view, the channel of art can only become clogged and misdirected by the artist's concern with merely temporary and local disturbances. The song is higher than the struggle.

Author: Adrienne Rich (1929)

Profession: American Poet

Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth.

Author: Laura Riding (1901-1991)

Profession: American Poet

Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.

Author: Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)

Profession: German Poet

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need. [when asked how he managed to make his remarkable statues.]

Author: Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

Profession: French Sculptor

Only conservatives believe that subversion is still being carried on in the arts and that society is being shaken by it. Advanced art today is no longer a cause --it contains no moral imperative. There is no virtue in clinging to principles and standards, no vice in selling or in selling out.

Author: Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978)

Profession: American Art Critic, Author

What better way to prove that you understand a subject than to make money out of it?

Author: Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978)

Profession: American Art Critic, Author

Inside you there's an artist you don't know about. He's not interested in how things look different in moonlight.

Author: Jalal-Uddin Rumi (1207-1273)

Profession: Persian Sufi Mystic Poet

Not even the visionary or mystical experience ever lasts very long. It is for art to capture that experience, to offer it to, in the case of literature, its readers; to be, for a secular, materialist culture, some sort of replacement for what the love of god offers in the world of faith.

Author: Salman Rushdie (1948)

Profession: Indian-born British Author