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"You can create art and beauty with a computer." - Steven Levy

"Art is to beauty what honor is to honesty." - Winston Churchill

"The spirit of love and good art have equal beauty" - Masahisa Goi

"Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art." - Victor Hugo

"The beauty of art is that there are no rules" - Mia Michaels

"Beauty perishes in life, but is immortal in art." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"The morality of art is in its very beauty." - Gustave Flaubert

"In life beauty perishes, but not in art." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Art should be truth; and truth, unadorned, unsentimentalized, is beauty." - Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

"Art strives for form, and hopes for beauty." - Rose Bird

"Unfortunately, moral beauty in art - like physical beauty in a person - is extremely perishable." - Susan Sontag

"There have been many definitions of beauty in art. What is it? Beauty is what the untrained eyes consider abominable." - Edmond De Goncourt

"Beauty is a type of art everyone is trying to perfect, but no one realizes it's abstract art." - Keaton Stromberg

"Art must discover and reveal the beauty which prejudice and caricature have overlaid." - Alain LeRoy Locke

"True art is but the anti-type of nature; the embodiment of discovered beauty in utility." - James A Garfield

"It is the addition of strangeness to beauty that constitutes the romantic character in art." - Walter Pater

"It is hard to find beauty in the art of self expression." - Elizabeth I

"Art is constitutive-the artist determines beauty. He does not take it over." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Art is about cosmic beauty. Science is about cosmic order. Religion is about cosmic purpose." - Paul G

"Art thou a type of beauty, or of power, Of sweet enjoyment, or disastrous sin?" - Sir Aubrey de Vere, 2nd Baronet

"What is commonly called ugliness in nature can in art become full of beauty." - Auguste Rodin

"Fine art is something wonderful that's left long into the future ... eternal beauty." - Masashi Kishimoto

"To me, beauty appears when one feels deeply, and art is an act of total attention," - Dorothea Lange

"An artist cannot be partially sincere any more than art can be an approximation of beauty" - Andrei Tarkovsky

"In art, vitality is the chaotic initial state; beauty is the cosmic final state." - Chairil Anwar

"real art is religion, a search for the beauty of God deep in all things." - Emily Carr

"The beauty of a great idea lies in the art of using it." - Thomas A Edison

"The impulse of modern art is the desire to destroy beauty." - Barnett Newman

"We lose ourselves in stories; that's the beauty of literary art." - Siri Hustvedt

"The beauty of reality-based art - art underwritten by reality hunger - is that it's perfectly situated between life itself and (unattainable) "life as art"." - David Shields

"Unfortunately, moral beauty in art - like physical beauty in a person - is extremely perishable. It is nowhere so durable as artistic or intellectual beauty. Moral beauty has a tendency to decay very rapidly into sententiousness or untimeliness." - Susan Sontag

"It has been the office of art to educate the perception of beauty. We are immersed in beauty but our eyes have no clear vision." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We are the measure of all things. And the beauty of our creation, of our art is proportional to the beauty of ourselves of our souls." - Jonas Mekas

"All we have, it seems to me, is the beauty of art and nature and life, and the love which that beauty inspires." - Edward Abbey

"Art always serves beauty, and beauty is the joy of possessing form, and form is the key to organic life since no living thing can exist without it." - Boris Pasternak

"Beauty inspires me - beauty in nature, people, and art. Smells and fragrances too. I know it sounds weird, but I'm a "fume head." I'm very olfactory-driven." - Maria Canals Barrera

"My thesis in terms of all my art is finding the beauty in the ugly truth. Just find the beauty in realism and what's there." - Nikki Jean

"To create art with all the passion in one's soul is to live art with all the beauty in one's heart." - Aberjhani

"...The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavour. The beauty endures. A work of art lives...through the generations and centuries..." - J Paul Getty

"Art as a political gesture is committed to making something beautiful, and then understanding what beauty is in your own time, because what we think of as beauty changes with time. The notion of beauty everywhere changes." - Pat Steir

"Any action done with beauty and purity, and in complete harmony of body, mind and soul, is Art." - B.K.S. Iyengar

"The Steinway piano - with its beauty and power - is the perfect medium for expressing the performer's art, drama and poetry." - Van Cliburn

"Much of the beauty that arises in art comes from the struggle an artist wages with his limited medium." - Henri Matisse

"It's funny how the beauty of art has so much more to do with the frame than the artwork itself." - Chuck Palahniuk

"Art invites us to know beauty and to solicit it, summon it, from even the most tragic of circumstances." - Toni Morrison

"I want the Arabic Granada, that which is art, which is all that seems to me beauty and emotion." - Isaac Albeniz

"O human beauty, what a dream art thou, that we should cast our life and hopes away on thee!" - Barry Cornwall

"A general definition of civilization: a civilized society is exhibiting the fine qualities of truth, beauty, adventure, art, peace." - Alfred North Whitehead

"Man is simply playing by nature's rules,and art is man's attempt to imitate the beauty of the Creator's hand" - Dan Brown

"Life is a mystery - mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery." - Amit Ray

"To find beauty in the sad, hope in the midst of loss, and dignity in failure is great poetic art." - David Mamet

"We discard the personal specifics which don't conform to the ideal conventional beauty created by art directors and cinematographers." - Damian Loeb

"To worthiest things, virtue, art, beauty, fortune, now I see, rareness of use, not nature value brings." - John Donne

"Thou hast no faults, or I no faults can spy; Thou art all beauty, or all blindness I." - Christopher Codrington

"Truth and beauty can still win battles. We need more art, more passion, more wit in defense of the Earth." - David R Brower

"There is more both of beauty and of raison d'etre in the works of nature- than in those of art." - Aristotle

"Just because something causes you to have a feeling of aesthetic beauty does not make it a work of art." - Fred Ross

"I want the Arabic Granada, that which is art, which is all that seems to me beauty and emotion" - Isaac Albeniz

"Poetry and art nourish the soul of the world with the flavor-filled substances of beauty, wisdom and truth." - Aberjhani

"That's the beauty of art-we strive for perfection but never achieve it. The journey is everything." - Rafe Esquith

"The final test of a work of art is not whether it has beauty, but whether it has power." - John Hersey

"With art criticism it's difficult to discuss beauty, to assess it, because there's always the possibility that we're insane." - Peter Schjeldahl

"The negligence of Nature wide and wild, Where, undisguised by mimic art, she spreads Unbounded beauty to the roving eye." - James Thomson

"The refining influence is the study of art, which is the science of beauty; and I find that every man values every scrap of knowledge in art, every observation of his own in it, every hint he has caught from another. For the laws of beauty are the beauty of beauty, and give the mind the same or a higher joy than the sight of it gives the senses. The study of art is of high value to the growth of the intellect." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is not expensive to be beautiful. It takes only a little effort to be presentable and beautiful. But it takes some effort. And unfortunately people think of beauty as luxury, beauty as frivolity, ... or extravagance. Beauty is a discipline, beauty is art, is harmony, in the ideological sense and in the theological sense, beauty is God and love made real. And the ultimate reach in this world is beauty." - Imelda Marcos

"The experience of beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say. The artist's relation to the object of beauty, how the art makes that happen, is a whole other subject. Beauty is an event. Beauty is something that happens. There is no such thing as a beautiful object or a beautiful woman." - Peter Schjeldahl

"We ordinary people must forge our own beauty. We must set fire to the greyness of our labor with the art of our own lives ... What is the essence of this art of living? Of course, even this art should have beauty as its essence." - Kenji Miyazawa

"Living through art is a better way to live - not necessarily making art, but being surrounded by art. I think it's just as banal as trying to show my version of the beauty in the world. It's about beauty at the end of the day." - Ragnar Kjartansson

"An author should never conceive himself as bringing into existence beauty or wisdom which did not exist before, but simply and solely as trying to embody in terms of his own art some reflection of eternal Beauty and Wisdom." - C S Lewis

"More than any other beauty (though it is true of all beauty except in art) passion seems to me to have the seeds of its own destruction in it." - May Sarton

"Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty-a beauty cold and austere ... yet sublimely pure and capable of stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show." - Bertrand Russell

"O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!" - Nicodemus

"Art is both the taking and giving of beauty, the turning out to the light of the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit." - Ansel Adams

"Beauty is the product of the dominant ideology. (Thus when ideology changes, the ideal body follows.) We can see that in the history of art." - Orlan

"Such is the never-failing beauty and accuracy of language, the most perfect art in the world; the chisel of a thousand years retouches it." - Henry David Thoreau

"And now too late, we see these things are one: The art is sacrifice and self-control And who loves beauty must be stern of soul." - Alice Duer Miller

"The thought that my life could end at any moment frees me to fully appreciate the beauty and art and horror of everything this world has to offer." - Hannibal

"An art, which has an aim to achieve the beauty, is called a philosophy or in the absolute sense it is named wisdom." - Al-Farabi

"A purely materialistic art would be like a tree which is expected to bear fruit without flowering and to sacrifice grace and beauty for mere utility" - Haile Selassie

"In the right hands, a comic strip attains a beauty and elegance that, really, I would put against any other art." - Bill Watterson

"I have my beauty, - you your Art - Nay, do not start: One world was not enough for two Like me and you." - Oscar Wilde

"Sound has spoiled the most ancient of the world's arts, the art of pantomime, and has canceled out the great beauty that is silence." - Charlie Chaplin

"Perfection is no more a requisite to art than to heroes. Frigidaires are perfect. Beauty limps. My frigidaire has had to be replaced." - Ned Rorem

"The real connoisseurs in art are those who make people accept as beautiful something everybody used to consider ugly, by revealing and resuscitating the beauty in it." - Jules de Goncourt

"Every plant has its fitness and must be placed in its proper surroundings so as to bring out its full beauty. Therein lies the art of landscaping." - Jens Jensen

"The excellence of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeables evaporate, from their being in close relationship with beauty and truth." - John Keats

"The Kessler Theater is one such gem, an Art Deco beauty ... for a slice of real life, there's always the Kessler." - Ben Fountain

"As the excellence of steel is strength, and the excellence of art is beauty, so the excellence of mankind is moral character." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"With the exception of love, friendship and the beauty of art, I don't see much else that can nurture human life." - Muriel Barbery

"It doesn't matter the genre or type of art, if it's authentic there's an apparent beauty to it and as an artist, that's very inspiring." - Brian Mcknight

"The Kessler Theater is one such gem, an Art Deco beauty ... for a slice of real life, there's always the Kessler." - Ben Fountain

"In art economy is always beauty." - Henry James

"Technique does not constitute art. Nor is it a vague, fuzzy romantic quality known as 'beauty,' remote from the realities of everyday life. It is the depth and intensity of an artist's experience that are the first importance in art." - Grant Wood

"A great work of Art demands a great thought or a thought of beauty adequately expressed. - Neither in Art nor Literature more than in Life can an ordinary thought be made interesting because well-dressed." - Margaret Fuller

"The idea of beauty is the fundamental idea of everything. In the world we see only distortions of the fundamental idea, but art, by imagination, may lift itself to the height of this idea. Art is therefore akin to creation." - Leo Tolstoy

"My art gives contemporary art a juvenile-delinquent phase. Its self-made style gleefully trashes conventions of beauty and society while pick-pocketing from the coolest underground styles and beliefs of the previous centuries." - Steve Olson

"The beauty of a plastic work is, above all, plastic; and an art always degenerates when, discarding its own peculiar means for exciting interest, it borrows those of another art." - Hippolyte Taine

"Without love there is no art. When the artist is playing beautifully there is no 'me; there is love and beauty, and this is art. This is skill in action." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Technique does not constitute art. Nor is it a vague, fuzzy romantic quality known as "beauty," remote from the realities of everyday life. It is the depth and intensity of an artist's experience that are the first importance in art." - Grant Wood

"As a non-Catholic, and since I was a child, I have been obsessed with the ritual and the beauty of Catholic art. I look at Renaissance art all the time." - Nan Goldin

"Art is beauty, and every exposition of art, whether it be music, painting, or the drama, should be subservient to that one great end. As long as nature is a means to the attainment of beauty, so-called realism is necessary and permissable [sic], but it must be realism enhanced by idealism and uplifted by the spirit of an inner life or purpose." - Julia Marlowe

"Moral beauty is the basis of all true beauty. This foundation is somewhat covered and veiled in nature. Art brings it out, and gives it more transparent forms. It is here that art, when it knows well its power and resources, engages in a struggle with nature in which it may have the advantage." - Victor Cousin

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty" - John Keats

"The experience of beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say. The artist's relation to the object of beauty, how the art makes that happen, is a whole other subject. Beauty is an event. Beauty is something that happens. There is no such thing as a beautiful object or a beautiful woman. These things do not come near it - the experience of beauty, the event of beauty. The anxiety about it is what makes it such a central concern of culture and makes us so interested in it." - Jonathan Santlofer

"I remember saying to myself, those things are very, very important to hear, but there must be another way to say them so that they will truly be heard. I mean, that's what art is. Art is about being provocative; art is also about beauty and if you leave the latter out, the former doesn't matter." - Nikky Finney

"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. ...Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known. I am inclined to say that it is the only real mode of Individualism that the world has known. ...Art is Individualism..." - Oscar Wilde

"I don't really believe in political art. I feel in my heart the purpose of art transcends cultural and class and politics. I think something like the Sistine Chapel is something that goes beyond just being a Christian thing. It transcends its Christianity and becomes sort of a universal beauty. And I think that's true of music and art and literature." - Sean Lennon

"Music, and art for that matter, to me is not about true meaning to anyone else but yourself. If I told you the meaning of it all from my point of view it would erase the intimacy of art. I feel like art is up for interpretation, so if I told you my meaning, how could you truly relate it to anything that "you" personally are going through?? That is the beauty of art and music in particular" - John O'Callaghan

"Whoever accepts the higher mission of art and comes nearer and nearer to it through his creative activity, will then go on from art to the Spirit deep within his own self... The philosophic search for enlightenment and the artist's search for perfection of work can meet and unite. Art can be a path to spiritual enlightenment but not to complete and lasting enlightenment. It can be born out of, and can give birth itself to, only Glimpses. For art is a search for beauty, which by itself is not enough. Beauty must be supported by virtue and both require wisdom to guide them." - Paul Brunton

"It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, for our consideration and application of these things, and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process." - Henry James

"Appreciation, whether of nature, or books, or art, or men, depends very much on temperament. What is beauty or genius or greatness to one, is far from being so to another." - Tryon Edwards

"I believe in Michelangelo, Velasquez, and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of color, the redemption of all things by Beauty everlasting, and the message of Art that has made these hands blessed. Amen. Amen." - George Bernard Shaw

"The art of procreation and the members employed therein are so repulsive, that if it were not for the beauty of the faces and the adornments of the actors and the pent-up impulse, nature would lose the human species." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"It is one of the prodigious privileges of art that the horrific, artistically expressed, becomes beauty, and that sorrow, given rhythm and cadence, fills the spirit with a calm joy." - Charles Baudelaire

"Beauty, which I admit to being in pursuit of, is an extremely suspect word among many in the art world. But I don't think you can get along without it. It's the confirmation of meaning in life." - Robert Adams

"It is the useless things that make life worth living and that make life dangerous too: wine, love, art, beauty. Without them life is safe, but not worth bothering with." - Stephen Fry

"The earlier days of the republic went into the acquisition of money and the provision for material things is now finding an outlet in the espousal of art. Now America has the leisure and the culture to foster beauty." - Fritz Kreisler

"Art, in the artist, is proportion, or, a habitual respect to the whole by an eye loving beauty in details. And the wonder and charm of it is the sanity in insanity which it denotes." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"That's the beauty of music, art, and video games: forget about your worries for a few minutes; it shouldn't add to them or make you feel worried or sad: it should make you feel good." - Lights

"I am a great lover of art, in many forms: paintings, objects, textiles. I don't have the talent for painting, but I have a very good sense of colour, a love of visual beauty." - Jacqueline Bisset

"My aspirations are to ennoble Photography and to secure for it the character and uses of High Art by combining the real and Ideal and sacrificing nothing of the Truth by all possible devotion to Poetry and beauty." - Julia Margaret Cameron

"Guardian angels of the home - Rose and soft green Healing angels - Deep sapphire blue Angels of maternity and birth - Sky blue Ceremonial angels - White Angels of music - White Nature angels - Apple green Angels of beauty and art - Yellow...." - Geoffrey Hodson

"That thou art blamed shall not be thy defect, For slander's mark was ever yet the fair; The ornament of beauty is suspect, A crow that flies in heaven's sweetest air." - William Shakespeare

"A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God. An art work can be a doxology in itself." - Francis Schaeffer

"After all perhaps the greatness of art lies in the perpetual tension between beauty and pain, the love of men and the madness of creation, unbearable solitude and the exhausting crowd, rejection and consent." - Albert Camus

"In my sculpture, it's not an image I am seeking, it's not an idea. My goal is to re-live a past emotion. My art is an exorcism, and beauty is something I never talk about." - Louise Bourgeois

"They do not want to know that centralization is not only the death-knell of liberty, but also of health and beauty, of art and science, all these being impossible in a clock-like, mechanical atmosphere." - Emma Goldman

"Beauty puts a face on God. When we gaze at nature, at a loved one, at a work of art, our soul immediately recognizes and is drawn to the face of God." - Margaret Brownley

"Unerring Nature, still divinely bright, One clear, unchanged, and universal light, Life, force, and beauty must to all impart, At once the source, and end, and test of art." - Alexander Pope

"It is not reasonable that art should win the place of honor over our great and powerful mother Nature. We have so overloaded the beauty and richness of her works by our inventions that we have quite smothered her." - Michel De Montaigne

"Homeliness is almost as great a merit in a book as in a house, if the reader would abide there. It is next to beauty, and a very high art." - Henry David Thoreau

"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to do with the fact that other people want what they want." - Oscar Wilde

"The Church [in the 14th century] gave ceremony and dignity to lives that had little of either. It was the source of beauty and art to which all had some access and which many helped to create." - Barbara Tuchman

"The contemplation of beauty in nature, in art, in literature, in human character, diffuses through our being a soothing and subtle joy, by which the heart's anxious and aching cares are softly smiled away." - Edwin Percy Whipple

"To mistake ugliness for reality is one of the frauds of the realistic school [of writing]. A hunger for the unknown and an aspiration toward beauty were inseparable from civilization. In America the word art was distorted to mean artificial." - Anais Nin

"The dream of reason produces monsters. Imagination deserted by reason creates impossible, useless thoughts. United with reason, imagination is the mother of all art and the source of all its beauty." - Francisco Goya

"All the masterpieces of art contain both light and shadow. A happy life is not one filled with only sunshine, but one which uses both light and shadow to produce beauty." - Billy Graham

"The thing we often forget to talk about, or perhaps we take for granted, is our country's dazzling beauty. Our natural environment is so much a part of Australia's art, writing, music and culture, both indigenous and non indigenous." - Quentin Bryce

"Art gives its vision to beauty not always recognized. And it surrenders freely - whatever power it possesses to every sincere soul that seeks it. But above all else-it presents us with the gift of ourselves." - Aberjhani

"Laying out grounds... may be considered as a liberal art, in some sort like poetry and painting.... it is to assist Nature in moving the affections... the affections of those who have the deepest perception of the beauty of Nature..." - William Wordsworth

"Love, sex, food, friendship, art, play, beauty and the simple pleasure of a cup of tea are all well and good, but never forget that God/the universe is determined to kill you by whatever means necessary." - Chuck Lorre

"The language of art is a 'parabolic' language, with a special openness to the universal: the 'Way of Beauty' is a way capable of leading the mind and heart to the Lord, to elevate them to the heights of God." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"The highest aim of the aesthetic being is to find the Divine through beauty; the highest Art is that which by an inspired use of significant and interpretative form unseals the door of the spirit." - Sri Aurobindo

"By beauty of course I mean truth, for the one involves the other; it is only the false in art which is ugly, and it is only the ugly that is universal." - William Dean Howells

"The thing we often forget to talk about, or perhaps we take for granted, is our country's dazzling beauty. Our natural environment is so much a part of Australia's art, writing, music and culture, both indigenous and non indigenous." - Quentin Bryce

"Art is a service, not a product. Created beauty is a relationship, and a relationship with the Holy at that. Reducing such work to 'content' is like praying in swear words. End of Sermon. Back to business." - John Perry Barlow

"Art does not lie in copying nature.- Nature furnishes the material by means of which is to express a beauty still unexpressed in nature.-The artist beholds in nature more than she herself is conscious of." - Henry James

"An object of art creates a public capable of finding pleasure in its beauty. Production, therefore, not only produces an object for the subject, but also a subject for the object." - Karl Marx

"For the book to succeed, it has to have equal parts ugliness and beauty, counterpoints adding up to emotional complexity. To me, there's a dignity in letting your art be emotionally complex." - Joshua Mohr

"Maybe that is the power of poetry. It somehow transcends news cycles, and becomes a part of our collective imagination. That is the beauty of the art form I like to play with." - Kwame Dawes



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