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My friends and my road-fellows, pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion. Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own winepress. Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful. Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block. Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking. Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpetings, and farewells him with hootings, only to welcome another with trumpetings again. Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.

Kahlil Gibran

Nature is an outcry, unpolished truth; the art—a euphemism—tamed wilderness.

Dejan Stojanovic

New capabilities emerge just by virtue of having smart people with access to state-of-the-art technology.

Robert E. Kahn

No book has yet been written in praise of a woman who let her husband and children starve or suffer while she invented even the most useful things, or wrote books, or expressed herself in art, or evolved philosophic systems.

Anna Garlin Spencer

No flower of art ever fully blossomed save it was nourished by tears of agony.

Isadora Duncan, The Sensational Life of Isadora Duncan

No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.

Ingrid Bergman

No form of Nature is inferior to Art for the arts merely imitate natural forms.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Not what man knows but what man feels, concerns art. All else is science.

Bernard Berenson

Nothing is really so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.

George Santayana

Nothing, it appears to me is of greater value in a man than the power of judgement and the man who has it may be compared to a chest fulled with books, for he is the son of nature and the father of art.

Pietro Aretino

Nothing, it is true, is more common than for both Science and Art to pay homage to the spirit of the age, and for creative taste to accept the law of critical taste.

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

O Death the Healer, scorn thou not, I pray,
To come to me: of cureless ills thou art
The one physician. Pain lays not its touch
Upon a corpse.

Aeschylus

O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands.

Sun Tzu

O Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo

William Shakespeare

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet", Act 2 scene 2

O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.

Christopher Marlowe

Oh, thou hast a damnable iteration, and art indeed able to corrupt a saint. Thou hast done much harm upon me Hal, God forgive thee for it. Before I knew thee Hal, I knew nothing, and now am I, if a man should speak truly, little better than one of the wicked.

William Shakespeare

On the whole, age comes more gently to those who have some doorway into an abstract world-art, or philosophy, or learning-regions where the years are scarcely noticed and the young and old can meet in a pale truthful light.

Freya Stark

One cannot remain the same. Art is a mirror which should show many reflections, and the artist should not always show the same face, or the face becomes a mask.

Yvette Gilbert, (1865-1944)

One must not always think that feeling is everything. Art is nothing without form.

Gustave Flaubert

One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.

Harold Rosenberg

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.

Oscar Wilde

Only conservatives believe that subversion is still being carried on in the arts and that society is being shaken by it. Advanced art today is no longer a cause --it contains no moral imperative. There is no virtue in clinging to principles and standards, no vice in selling or in selling out.

Harold Rosenberg

Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.

Marcel Proust

Originality is the art of concealing your source.

Franklin P. Jones

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