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I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face.

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.

Author: George Sand (1804-1876)

Profession: French Novelist

The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.

Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)

Profession: American Philosopher, Poet

As noble Art has survived noble nature, so too she marches ahead of it, fashioning and awakening by her inspiration. Before Truth sends her triumphant light into the depths of the heart, imagination catches its rays, and the peaks of humanity will be glowing when humid night still lingers in the valleys.

Author: Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805)

Profession: German Dramatist, Poet, Historian

The artist is the child of his time; but woe to him if he is also its disciple, or even its favorite.

Author: Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805)

Profession: German Dramatist, Poet, Historian

Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.

Author: Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Profession: German Composer

The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.

Author: Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Profession: German Composer

All art is an imitation of nature.

Author: Seneca (4 B.C. 65 A.D.)

Profession: Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher

O, had I but followed the arts!

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

The object of art is to give life a shape. [Midsummer Nights Dream]

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

Art is the signature of civilizations.

Author: Beverly Sills

Profession: American Opera Singer

The vitality of a new movement in Art must be gauged by the fury it arouses.

Author: Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

Profession: Anglo-American Essayist, Aphorist