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Fundamentalists are to Christianity what paint-by-numbers is to art.

Robin Tyler

Genius sits in a glass house -- but in an unbreakable one --conceiving ideas. After giving birth, it falls into madness. Stretches out its hand through the window toward the first person happening by. The demon's claw rips, the iron fist grips. Before, you were a model, mocks the ironic voice between serrated teeth, for me, you are raw material to work on. I throw you against the glass wall, so that you remain stuck there, projected and stuck. (Then come the lovers of art and contemplate the bleeding work from outside. Then come the photographers. New art, it says in the newspaper the following day. The learned journals give it a name that ends in ism.)

Paul Klee

Genius tries to conquer the world with art, with songs, with words; stupid tries to conquer it with sword, with guns, with arrows!

Mehmet Murat ildan

God made man mortal and to consol this transitory creature He gave him an immortal toy called Art!

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Good humor isn't a trait of character, it is an art which requires practice.

David Seabury

Good knowledge of an art or profession is essential to be successful in life. A man with insufficient knowledge will always cause harm to himself and others.

Vikrant Parsai

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.

Paul Hawken

Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.

Walter Winchell

Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.

George Jean Nathan

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts--the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.

John Ruskin

He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.

Arthur Balfour

He knows all about art, but he doesn't know what he likes.

James Thurber

High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor, only to be surpassed by his successor. Without this relay race called history there would be no European art and what characterizes it: a longing for originality, a longing for change. Robespierre, Napoleon, Beethoven, Stalin, Picasso, they're all runners in the relay race, they all belong to the same stadium.

Milan Kundera

I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist, but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.

Michael Palin

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 don't throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things. Read Sun-tzu, The Art of War. Every battle is won before it is ever fought.

Frank Ducey

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

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