Our individual lives cannot generally be works of art unless the social order is also.
- Charles Horton Cooley
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A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.
- Beverly Sills
A rose is the visible result of an infinitude of complicated goings on in the bosom of the earth and in the air above, and similarly a work of art is the product of strange activities in the human mind.
- Clive Bell
The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger, but we care less about it.
- Samuel Butler
The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.
Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside. Alas!
- David Herbert Lawrence
When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years.
- Denis Diderot
When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.
- Paul Cezanne
The price of a work of art has nothing to do with what the work of art is, can do, or is worth on an existential, alchemical level.
- Jerry Saltz