Quotes About Art
What is art? Nature concentrated. - Balzac
Art hath an enemy called ignorance. -- Ben Jonson
Seraphs share with thee
Knowledge: But art, O man, is thine alone!
SCHILLER: Artists, St 2.
Art is the child of Nature; yes,
Her darling child, in whom we trace
The features of the mother's face,
Her aspect and her attitude.
For Art is Nature made by Man
To Man the interpreter of God.
_The Artist_. LORD LYTTON (_Owen Meredith_).
In the elder days of Art.
Builders wrought with greatest care
Each minute and unseen part;
For the gods see everywhere.
_The Builders_. H.W. LONGFELLOW.
It is not strength, but art, obtains the prize,
And to be swift is less than to be wise.
'Tis more by art, than force of numerous strokes.
_Iliad, Bk. XXIII_. HOMER. _Trans_. of POPE.
His pencil was striking, resistless, and grand;
His manners were gentle, complying, and bland;
Still born to improve us in every part,
His pencil our faces, his manners our heart.
_Retaliation (Sir Joshua Reynolds)_. O. GOLDSMITH.
Around the mighty master came
The marvels which his pencil wrought,
Those miracles of power whose fame
Is wide as human thought.
_Raphael_. J.G. WHITTIER.
In framing an artist, art hath thus decreed,
To make some good, but others to exceed.
SHAKS.: Pericles, Act ii., Sc. 3.
Aspect he rose, and in his rising seem'd
A pillar of state.
MILTON: Par. Lost, Bk. ii., Line 300.