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In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.

Author: Ernst Fischer (1899-1972)

Profession: Austrian Editor, Poet, Critic

I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.

Author: Carrie Fisher (1956)

Profession: American Actress, Novelist

Art for art's sake? I should think so, and more so than ever at the present time. It is the one orderly product which our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths, it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden... it is the best evidence we can have of our dignity.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

In art as in love, instinct is enough.

Author: Anatole France (1844-1924)

Profession: French Writer

One thing that makes art different from life is that in art things have a shape... it allows us to fix our emotions on events at the moment they occur, it permits a union of heart and mind and tongue and tear.

Author: Marilyn French (1929)

Profession: American Author, Critic

Nature is inside art as its content, not outside as its model.

Author: Northrop Frye (1912-1991)

Profession: Canadian Literary Critic

Were art to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness.

Author: Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955)

Profession: Spanish Essayist, Philosopher

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

Author: Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)

Profession: French Artist

The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.

Author: Henry Geldzahler (1935)

Profession: Belgium-born American Curator, Art Critic

The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity.

Author: Andre Gide (1869-1951)

Profession: French Author

Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word.

Author: Eric Gill (1882-1940)

Profession: British Sculptor, Engraver, Writer, Typographer

Fortunately art is a community effort --a small but select community living in a spiritualized world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh.

Author: Allen Ginsberg (1926)

Profession: American Poet

Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.

Author: Jean-Luc Godard (1930)

Profession: French Filmmaker, Author

The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

The highest problem of any art is to cause by appearance the illusion of a higher reality.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist