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Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs.

Author: Charlotte Saunders Cushman (1816-1876)

Profession: American Actor

Those who write for lucre or fame are grosser than the cartel robbers, for they steal the genius of the people, which is its will to resist evil.

Author: Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977)

Profession: American Author, Critic

It is either easy or impossible.

Author: Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Profession: Spanish Painter

There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.

Author: Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Profession: Spanish Painter

This grandiose tragedy that we call modern art.

Author: Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Profession: Spanish Painter

Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.

Author: Angela Y. Davis (1944)

Profession: American Political Activist

Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us.

Author: Guy Debord (1931)

Profession: French Philosopher

The arts are not just instantaneous pleasure -- if you don't like it, the artist is wrong. I belong to the generation which says if you don't like it, you don't understand and you ought to find out.

Author: John Drummond


Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp.

Author: Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985)

Profession: French Sculptor, Painter

For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential --the imagination.

Author: Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990)

Profession: British Author

Feminist art is not some tiny creek running off the great river of real art. It is not some crack in an otherwise flawless stone. It is, quite spectacularly I think, art which is not based on the subjugation of one half of the species. It is art which will take the great human themes --love, death, heroism, suffering, history itself --and render them fully human. It may also, though perhaps our imaginations are so mutilated now that we are incapable even of the ambition, introduce a new theme, one as great and as rich as those others --should we call it ''joy''?

Author: Andrea Dworkin (1946)

Profession: American Feminist Critic

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.

Author: Max Eastman

Profession: American Commentator, Writer

Art never improves, but the material of art is never quite the same.

Author: T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Profession: American-born British Poet, Critic

The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.

Author: T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Profession: American-born British Poet, Critic

Every artist writes his own autobiography.

Author: Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

Profession: British Psychologist