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I am one of those unhappy persons who inspire bores to the greatest flights of art.

Dame Edith Sitwell

I believe it to be true that dreams are the true interpreters of our inclinations; but there is art required to sort and understand them.

Michel de Montaigne

I believe that in the history of art and of thought there has always been at every living moment of culture a will to renewal. This is not the prerogative of the last decade only. All history is nothing but a succession of crises -- of rupture, repudiation and resistance. When there is no crisis, there is stagnation, petrifaction and death. All thought, all art is aggressive.

Eugène Ionesco

I can't criticize what I don't understand. If you want to call this art, you've got the benefit of all my doubts.

Charles Rosin

I don't like spiders; setting a trap is the art of low creatures! Who shall ever lay a trap shall be the meanest being on earth.

Mehmet Murat ildan

I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I speak the truth, and they never believe me.

Conte Camillo Benso di Cavour

I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.

Walt Whitman

I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.

Kahlil Gibran

I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use --silence, exile and cunning.

James Joyce

I, as an individual, do not matter only my art does

Iras

If an artist is not able to commit himself totally to his art, how can he expect the world to do so

Unknown

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or my music, then in that respect you can call me that I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.

John Lennon

If debugging is the art of removing bugs, then programming must be the art of inserting them.

Unknown

If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.

Confucius

If the Revolution has the right to destroy bridges and art monuments whenever necessary, it will stop still less from laying its hand on any tendency in art which, no matter how great its achievement in form, threatens to disintegrate the revolutionary environment or to arouse the internal forces of the Revolution, that is, the proletariat, the peasantry and the intelligentsia, to a hostile opposition to one another. Our standard is, clearly, political, imperative and intolerant.

Leon Trotsky

If thou art a man, speak not much about thine own manliness, for not every champion driveth the ball to the goal.

Sa?di

If you are a real perfectionist, you can’t finish any job! We, the mortals, we don’t have enough time to be perfectionist! Perfectionism is the art of immortals!

Mehmet Murat ildan

If you are close to a precipice, go away a bit; if you are far from it, come close a bit! Enjoy the safety, enjoy the view! Without safety, it is dangerous; without view, it is dull! Life is an art of adjusting the distances!

Mehmet Murat ildan

If you are good at in the art of finding consolation, it means that you have the best medicine after the disasters.

Mehmet Murat ildan

If you were in a burning house and there was a cat and a Rembrandt, what would you save The cat...you would save the cat, because the cat is alive. The art is dead. It's just paint on a canvas, ink on a page. To live for art is to deny life. It's just to destroy life.

Andrew Schneider

Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that you live, if you do.

Elizabeth Bowen

In all things, to serve from the lowest station upwards is necessary. To restrict yourself to a trade is best. For the narrow mind, whatever he attempts is still a trade; for the higher, an art; and the highest in doing one thing does all, or, to speak less paradoxically, in the one thing which he does rightly he sees the likeness of all that is done rightly.

Goethe

In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary and it is they alone who are masters.

Paul Gauguin

In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one part of the citizens to give to the other.

Voltaire, The Portable Voltaire

In human life, art may arise from almost any activity, and once it does so, it is launched on a long road of exploration, invention, freedom to the limits of extravagance, interference to the point of frustration, finally discipline, controlling constant change and growth.

Susanne Langer

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