Art

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and 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... To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the ranks of devoutly religious men.

No man is matriculated to the art of life till he has been well tempted.

To live remains an art which everyone must learn, and which no one can teach.

Life is as the sea, art a ship in which man conquers life's crushing formlessness, reducing it to a course, a series of swells, tides and wind currents inscribed on a chart.

The ideal itself is but truth clothed in the forms of art.

The practice of medicine is a thinker's art, the practice of surgery a plumber's.

Having once found the intensity of art, nothing else that can happen in life can ever again seem as important as the creative process.

There need not be in religion, or music, or art, or love, or goodness, anything that is against reason; but never while the sun shines will we get great religion, or music, or art, or love, or goodness, without going beyond reason.

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young mind for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.

War is not an art, and accident alone decides the outcome of battles. If two generals confront each other and both are stupid, one necessarily must win.

Government... is neither business, nor technology, nor applied science. It is the art of making men live together in peace and with reasonable happiness.

Employ thy time well if thou meanest to gain leisure; and since thou art not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour. Leisure is time for doing something useful, and this leisure the diligent man will obtain, but the lazy man never, for a life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things.

There is a means of return from fantasy to reality, and that is art.

Art is significant deformity.

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

Art is long, life short; judgment difficult, opportunity transient.

Beauty is at once the ultimate principle and the highest aim of art.

Science and art belong to the whole world, and before then vanish the barriers of nationality.

Tell me with whom thou art found, and I will tell thee who thou art.

The connoisseur of art must be able to appreciate what is simply beautiful, but the common run of people are satisfied with ornament.