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In the height of thy prosperity expect adversity, but fear it not. If it come not, thou art the more sweetly possessed of the happiness thou hast, and the more strongly confirmed. If it come, thou art the more gently dispossessed of the happiness thou hadst, and the more firmly prepared.

Francis Quarles

In the middle of a perfect tranquillity, it is an art to imagine about the nightmares of storms!

Mehmet Murat ildan

In the works of the better poets you get the sensation that they're not talking to people any more, or to some seraphical creature. What they're doing is simply talking back to the language itself --as beauty, sensuality, wisdom, irony --those aspects of language of which the poet is a clear mirror. Poetry is not an art or a branch of art, it's something more. If what distinguishes us from other species is speech, then poetry, which is the supreme linguistic operation, is our anthropological, indeed genetic, goal. Anyone who regards poetry as an entertainment, as a read, commits an anthropological crime, in the first place, against himself.

Joseph Brodsky

In theatre, the main objective is to make the art happy, not the audience! If you have to choose between the audience and the art, always choose the second! You must know that the audience will always pull you down; resist it and fly at the heights like an eagle!

Mehmet Murat ildan

In trying to be perfect, he perfected the art of anonymity.

Dejan Stojanovic

Increase in goodness as long as thou art here, that, when thou departest, in that thou mayest still be joyful. According to our words and deeds in this life will be the remembrance of us in the world.

Firdausi

Interfacing street sculpture in public space creates an installation environment that turns regular space into art space. Signs and people and everything around a street sculpture—they all become part of it. A two-dimensional work, being confined to surfaces, doesn't have as much of a capacity.”

Mark Jenkins

Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?

William Shakespeare, "Macbeth", Act 2 scene 1

It has always been difficult for Man to realize that his life is all an art. It has been more difficult to conceive it so than to act it so. For that is always how he has more or less acted it.

Havelock Ellis

It has been my fate in a long life of production to be credited chiefly with the equivocal virtue of industry, a quality so excellent in morals, so little satisfactory in art.

Margaret Oliphant Oliphant

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.

Henry James

It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune; but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.

Nicolas Chamfort

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.

Oscar Wilde

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.

Anaïs Nin

It is the greatest art of the devil to convince us he does not exist.

Charles Baudelaire

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the preface

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Albert Einstein

Jealousy is the art of injuring ourselves more than others.

Alexandre Dumas

La politique est l'art d'empcher les gens de se mler de ce qui les regarde. (Politics is the art of preventing people from sticking their noses in things that are properly their business.

Paul Valery

Let each man exercise the art he knows.

Aristophanes

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

Stella Adler

Life imitates art more than art imitates life.

Oscar Wilde

Life is a mystery- mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.

Amit Ray

Life is not an exact science, it is an art.

Samuel Butler

Life is real Life is earnest And the grave is not its goal Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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