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  • There is something wrong with a work of art if it can be understood by a policeman.

  • If the mystical lovers of the arts, who consider all criticism dissection and all dissection destruction of enjoyment, thought logically, an exclamation like "Goodness alive!" would be the best criticism of the most deserving work of art. There are critiques which say nothing but that, only they do so more extensively.

  • The moment when one first meets a great work of art has an impact that can never again be recaptured.

    Art   Impact   Firsts  
    Arthur C. Clarke (2012). “The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke: The Sentinel”, p.122, RosettaBooks
  • Every true work of art must express a distinct feeling.

    Quoted in William Vaughn Romantic Art (1978).
  • Science attempts to figure out laws and then uses it later. While the work of art reflects the cosmic order without asking for an explanation

    Art   Order   Law  
  • It's about time you admitted that you are a miraculous work of art. You came into this world as a radiant bundle of exuberant riddles. You slipped into this dimension as a shimmering burst of spiral hallelujahs. You blasted into this realm as a lush explosion of ecstatic gratitude. And it is your birthright to fulfill those promises.

    Gratitude   Art   Promise  
  • Any work of art that can be understood is the product of journalism. The rest, called literature, is a dossier of human imbecility for the guidance of future professors.

  • Someday it will dawn on man that woman does not read the wonderful books with which he has filled his libraries, and though she may well admire his marvelous works of art in museums she herself will rarely create, only copy.

    Art   Book   Men  
  • Like music or art, mathematical equations can have a natural progression and logic that can evoke rare passions in a scientist. Although the lay public considers mathematical equations to be rather opaque, to a scientist an equation is very much like a movement in a larger symphony. Simplicity. Elegance. These are the qualities that have inspired some of the greatest artists to create their masterpieces, and they are precisely the same qualities that motivate scientists to search for the laws of nature. LIke a work of art or a haunting poem, equations have a beauty and rhythm all their own.

    Michio Kaku (1995). “Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension”, p.130, Oxford University Press, USA
  • Just because something causes you to have a feeling of aesthetic beauty does not make it a work of art.

  • The artist is a kind of prison from which the works of art escape.

    Art   Kind   Prison  
  • I don't care about truth; I care about art and style and writing and occupying the wall. For me, my writing style is very linked to the fact that it is a work of art on the wall. I had to find a way to write in concise, effective phrases that people standing or walking into a room could read.

    Art   Wall   Writing  
    Interview with Louise Neri, March 7, 2009.
  • It is how we choose what we do, and how we approach it, that will determine whether the sum of our days adds up to a formless blur, or to something resembling a work of art.

    Art   Add   Blur  
    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1997). “Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life”, p.13, Basic Books
  • I would simply ask why so many critics, so many writers, so many philosophers take such satisfaction in professing that the experience of a work of art is ineffable, that it escapes by definition all rational understanding; why are they so eager to concede without a struggle the defeat of knowledge; and where does their irrepressible need to belittle rational understanding come from, this rage to affirm the irreducibility of the work of art, or, to use a more suitable word, its transcendence.

  • A good short story is a work of art which daunts us in proportion to its brevity.... No inspiration is too noble for it; no amountof hard work is too severe for it.

  • No artifact is a work of art if it does not help to humanize us. Without art...our world would have remained a jungle.

    Art   Our World   Doe  
  • I wanted to be a painter and an artist. And it's interesting that in some of my later musical works, I refer so often and associate myself with works of art.

    "Listen Back To A 1988 Conversation With Composer Gunther Schuller". "Fresh Air", June 22, 2015.
  • A moment of complete happiness never occurs in the creation of a work of art. The promise of it is felt in the act of creation but disappears towards the completion of the work. For it is then the painter realises that it is only a picture he is painting. Until then he had almost dared to hope the picture might spring to life.

    Art   Spring   Promise  
  • What are works of art for? to educate, to be standards. To produce is of little use unless what we produce is known, is widely known, the wider known the better, for it is by being known that it works, it influences, it does its duty, it does good. We must try, then, to be known, aim at it, take means to it. And this without puffing in the process or pride in the success.

    Art   Mean   Pride  
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1991). “Selected Letters”, Oxford University Press, USA
  • We have no other means of recognising a work of art than our feeling for it.

    Art   Mean   Feelings  
    Clive Bell (1958). “Art”, Perigee
  • Poetry is not an end in itself but in the service of life; of what use are poems, or any other works of art, unless to enable human lives to be lived with insight of a deeper kind, with more sensitive feelings, more intense sense of the beautiful, with deeper understanding?

  • Through our own creative experience we came to know that the real tradition in art is not housed only in museums and art galleries and in great works of art; it is innate in us and can be galvanized into activity by the power of creative endeavour in our own day, and in our own country, by our own creative individuals in the arts.

    Country   Art   Real  
    "The best of the Group of Seven".
  • Read as little as possible of literary criticism - such things are either partisan opinions, which have become petrified and meaningless, hardened and empty of life, or else they are just clever word-games, in which one view wins today, and tomorrow the opposite view. Works of art are of an infinite solitude, and no means of approach is so useless as criticism.

    Art   Clever   Mean  
    "Letters to a Young Poet". Book by Rainer Maria Rilke. Letter Three (April 23, 1903), 1929.
  • Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure in having contact with works of art. They furnish me with happy feelings of an intensity that I cannot derive from other sources.

    Happy   Art   Feelings  
    Albert Einstein (2010). “The Ultimate Quotable Einstein”, p.10, Princeton University Press
  • All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself.

    Art   Mirrors   Diversity  
    Oscar Wilde (2015). “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, p.6, First Avenue Editions
  • Those works whose ideal has not as much living reality and, as it were, personality as the beloved one or a friend had better remain unwritten. They would at least never become works of art.

  • If a work of art is to be truly immortal, it must pass quite beyond the limits of the human world, without any sign of common sense and logic. In this way the work will draw nearer to dream and to the mind of a child.

    Dream   Art   Children  
    Quoted in Saranne Alexandrian Surrealist Art (1970).
  • Every work of art changes its predecessors.

  • The creation of a work of art must of necessity, as a result of entering into the specific dimensions of pictorial art, be accompanied by distortion of the natural form. For, therein is nature reborn.

  • Every genuine work of art has as much reason for being as the earth and the sun.

    Music   Art   Sun  
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Illustrated)”, p.2416, Delphi Classics
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