Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.
Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild.
The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.
Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.
You say a new era in art is preparing; you sensed it coming; continue your studies without weakening. God will do the rest.
What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.
Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.
Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.
Our moods do not believe in each other.?To-day I am full of thoughts, and can write what I please.? I see no reason why I should not have the same thought, the same power of expression, to-morrow.? What I write, whilst I write it, seems the most natural thing in the world; but yesterday I saw a dreary vacuity in this direction in which now I see so much; and a month hence, I doubt not, I shall wonder who he was that wrote so many continuous pages.? Alas for this infirm faith, this will not strenuous, this vast ebb of a vast flow!?I am God in nature; I am a weed by the wall.
As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.
Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.
What is art? Nature concentrated.
Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.
All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee; All Chance, Direction, which thou canst not see.
Art is the collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
It is evident that an acquaintance with natural laws means no less than an acquaintance with the mind of God therein expressed.
I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in that art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible.