The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.
To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.
I would love to spend all my time writing to you; I'd love to share with you all that goes through my mind, all that weighs on my heart, all that gives air to my soul; phantoms of art, dreams that would be so beautiful if they could come true.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
Emotion resulting from a work of art is only of value when it is not obtained by sentimental blackmail.
For since the fabric of the universe is most perfect and the work of a most wise Creator, nothing at all takes place in the universe in which some rule of maximum or minimum does not appear.
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.
A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.
I was very interested in art and art history. I probably would have pursued that somehow - working in a gallery or an auction house.
The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
What if Woody Allen called me and said, I'm working on this movie and there's a really divine role for you. We want exactly you! It would be such a fantasy. Forget it! My idol, Woody Allen!
There is no prejudice that the work of art does not finally overcome.
To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it.
Never can the innate power of a work be hidden or locked away. A work of art can be forgotten by time; it can be forbidden and rejected but the elemental will always prevail over the ephemeral.
You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it.
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
My whole working philosophy is that the only stable happiness for mankind is that it shall live married in blessed union to woman-kind - intimacy, physical and psychical between a man and his wife. I wish to add that my state of bliss is by no means perfect.
It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.
Then their imagination could work wonders upon wonders and invoke the shades of the philosophers, who would instruct them in their art.
Work can be hard sometimes - acting - the arts can be hard sometimes in that way - hard to give yourself that inspiration if you don't have a job.
The best job that was ever offered to me was to become a landlord in a brothel. In my opinion it's the perfect milieu for an artist to work in.
If thou art able, O stranger, to find out all these things and gather them together in your mind, giving all the relations,thou shalt depart crowned with glory and knowing that thou hast been adjudged perfect in this species of wisdom.
I think the most important thing for an artist is to not worry about what anybody else thinks. You just have to do what comes from your heart and your being and put it out there-that's true in any of the arts.