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Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words.

Author: Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918)

Profession: Russian Novelist

Much of modern art is devoted to lowering the threshold of what is terrible. By getting us used to what, formerly, we could not bear to see or hear, because it was too shocking, painful, or embarrassing, art changes morals.

Author: Susan Sontag (1933)

Profession: American Essayist

The contemporary thing in art and literature is the thing which doesn't make enough difference to the people of that generation so that they can accept it or reject it.

Author: Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

Profession: American Author

What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real.

Author: Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Profession: Indian Poet, Philosopher

Art -- the one achievement of Man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised.

Author: James Thurber (1894-1961)

Profession: American Humorist, Illustrator

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it.

Author: Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Profession: Russian Novelist, Philosopher

A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.

Author: Lionel Trilling (1905-1975)

Profession: American Critic

All great art, and today all great artlessness, must appear extreme to the mass of men, as we know them today. It springs from the anguish of great souls. From the souls of men not formed, but deformed in factories whose inspiration is pelf.

Author: Alexander Trocchi (1925-1983)

Profession: Italian-Scottish Novelist, Poet, Translator

If the Revolution has the right to destroy bridges and art monuments whenever necessary, it will stop still less from laying its hand on any tendency in art which, no matter how great its achievement in form, threatens to disintegrate the revolutionary environment or to arouse the internal forces of the Revolution, that is, the proletariat, the peasantry and the intelligentsia, to a hostile opposition to one another. Our standard is, clearly, political, imperative and intolerant.

Author: Leon Trotsky (1879-1940)

Profession: Russian Revolutionary

If that's art, I'm a Hottentot!

Author: Harry S. Truman (1884-1972)

Profession: Thirty-third President of the USA

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.

Author: Kenneth Tynan (1927-1980)

Profession: British Critic

Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist. We need works that are strong, straight, precise, and forever beyond understanding.

Author: Tristan Tzara (1896-1963)

Profession: Rumanian-born French Dadaist

Artů the end result of perception, wisdom, intelligence, discipline, hard work, passion, luck, accident, and coincidence.

Author: Source Unknown


Many bad artists will tell you that art is life. There's a subtle difference however. You can turn your back on art

Author: Source Unknown


Labor is the beginning, the middle, and the end of art.

Author: Source Unknown