Art

Never judge a work of art by its defects.

The highest function today of the teacher consists not so much in imparting knowledge as in stimulating the pupil in its love and pursuit... To know how to suggest is the art of teaching.

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song.

Truth is the secret of eloquence and virtue, the basis of moral authority; it is the highest summit of art and of life.

Art is a jealous thing; it requires the whole and entire man.

Art is right reason in doing of work.

Art is simply a right method of doing things. The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.

Real art is illumination. It gives a man an idea he never had before or lights up eas that were formless or only lurking in the shadows of the mind. It adds stature to life.

The art of conversation consists as much in listening politely, as in talking agreeably.

A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.

What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish. This is bad for everyone; the majority lose all genuine taste of their own, and the minority become cultural snobs.

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it, thou art a fool.

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.

Passion is universal humanity. With it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature. But beautiful old people are works of art.

Marriage always demands the greatest understanding of the art of insincerity possible between two human beings.

Common sense is nature’s gift, but reason is an art.

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Although the spirit be not master of that which it creates through music, yet it is blessed in this creation, which, like every creation of art, is mightier than the artist.

Art and Religion are, then, two roads by which men escape from circumstance to ecstasy. Between aesthetic and religious rapture there is a family alliance. Art and Religion are means similar states of mind.

Art strives for form, and hopes for beauty.