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Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The true poem is the poet's mind.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The True Artist has the planet for his pedestal; the adventurer, after years of strife, has nothing broader than his shoes.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The arts and inventions of each period are only its costume, and do not invigorate men.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Sculpture and painting have the effect of teaching us manners and abolishing hurry.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit in every work of art.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

New arts destroy the old.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Every artist was first an amateur.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Artists must be sacrificed to their art.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Art is the path of the creator to his work.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Art is a jealous mistress; and if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Each work of art excludes the world, concentrates attention on itself. For the time it is the only thing worth doing --to do just that; be it a sonnet, a statue, a landscape, an outline head of Caesar, or an oration. Presently we return to the sight of another that globes itself into a whole as did the first, for example, a beautiful garden; and nothing seems worth doing in life but laying out a garden.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Each of the arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.

Author: Eliza Farnham

Profession: American Author and Social Reformist

An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why.

Author: William Faulkner (1897-1962)

Profession: American Novelist

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move. This is the artist's way of scribbling ''Kilroy was here'' on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass.

Author: William Faulkner (1897-1962)

Profession: American Novelist