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The work of art, just like any fragment of human life considered in its deepest meaning, seems to me devoid of value if it does not offer the hardness, the rigidity, the regularity, the luster on every interior and exterior facet, of the crystal.

Author: Andre Breton (1989-1966)

Profession: French Surrealist

What is art but life upon the larger scale, the higher. When, graduating up in a spiral line of still expanding and ascending gyres, it pushes toward the intense significance of all things, hungry for the infinite?

Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Profession: British Poet

Of all the arts in which the wise excel, nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.

Author: Duke of Buckingham (1628-1687)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist, Dramatist

In any society, the artist has a responsibility. His effectiveness is certainly limited and a painter or writer cannot change the world. But they can keep an essential margin of non-conformity alive. Thanks to them the powerful can never affirm that everyone agrees with their acts. That small difference is important.

Author: Luis Bunuel (1900-1983)

Profession: Spanish Film Director

Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.

Author: Anthony Burgess (1917-1993)

Profession: British Writer, Critic

Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.

Author: William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

Profession: American Writer

The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger, but we care less about it.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

It is impossible to give a clear account of the world, but art can teach us to reproduce it --just as the world reproduces itself in the course of its eternal gyrations. The primordial sea indefatigably repeats the same words and casts up the same astonished beings on the same sea-shore.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.

Author: Al Capp (1909-1979)

Profession: American Cartoonist

Fine art, that exists for itself alone, is art in a final state of impotence. If nobody, including the artist, acknowledges art as a means of knowing the world, then art is relegated to a kind of rumpus room of the mind and the irresponsibility of the artist and the irrelevance of art to actual living becomes part and parcel of the practice of art.

Author: Angela Carter (1940-1992)

Profession: British Author

Art is good when it springs from necessity. This kind of origin is the guarantee of its value; there is no other.

Author: Neal Cassady (1926-1968)

Profession: American Beat Hero

Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness. The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.

Author: Willa Cather (1876-1947)

Profession: American Author

Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.

Author: Willa Cather (1876-1947)

Profession: American Author

With an apple I will astonish Paris.

Author: Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)

Profession: French Painter