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All art is an imitation of nature.


All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their own peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their own peril.

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the preface

All art is but imitation of nature.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

All art is quite useless.

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the preface

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.

Honore De Balzac

All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership.

Ann Landers

All men are in some degree impressed by the face of the world; some men even to delight. This love of beauty is taste. Others have the same love in such success that, not content with admiring, they seek to embody it in new forms. The creation of beauty is art.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All nature is but art unknown to thee.

Alexander Pope

All smatterers are more brisk and pert Than those who understand an art; As little sparkles shine more bright Than glowing coals that gave them light.


All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.

Oscar Wilde

All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.

M. C. Richards

All the world is queer save thee and me. And even thou art a little queer.

Sir Robert Owen

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.

Thomas Browne

American architecture is the art of covering one thing with another thing, to immitate a third thing which, if genuine, would not be desirable

Leopold Eidlitz

An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel

Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.

Edith Wharton

Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.

Rebecca West

Any clod can have the facts having opinions is an art.

Charles McCabe

Any clod can have the facts, but having opinions is an Art.

Charles McCabe, San Francisco Chronicle

Any great work of art . . . revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world -- the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.

Leonard Bernstein

Any startling piece of work has a subversive element in it, a delicious element often. Subversion is only disagreeable when it manifests in political or social activity. In what we call art, it's one of the most desirable characteristics of a piece of work.

Leonard Cohen

Architecture is the art of how to waste space.

Philip Johnson

ARCHITECTURE, n The art of how to waste space.

Philip Johnson

Art and science have their meeting point in method.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manefestation of nature agree to find new shapes.

Kahlil Gibran

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