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A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.

Ludwig Erhard

A girl becomes a wife with her eyes wide open. She knows that those sweetest words, 'I take thee to be my wedded husband,' really mean, 'I promise thee to cook three meals a day for 60 years thee will I clean up after thee will I talk to even when thou art not listening thee will I worry about, cry over and take all manner of hurts from.'

Alan Marshall Beck

A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest the least syllable of thy addition.

Earl of Kent, _The_Tragedy_of_King_Lear_

A man's memory may almost become the art of continually varying and misrepresenting his past, according to his interest in the present.

George Santayana

A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.

Lionel Trilling

A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought, nor take up any other thing for his study but war and it organization and discipline, for that is the only art that is necessary to one who commands.

Niccolo Machiavelli

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.

Dwight D Eisenhower

A wise architect observed that you could break the laws of architectural art provided you had mastered them first. That would apply to religion as well as to art. Ignorance of the past does not guarantee freedom from its imperfections.

Reinhold Niebuhr

A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.

Marcel Proust

Ability is the art of getting credit for all the home runs somebody else hits.

Casey Stengel

Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish, when it cannot freely select its methods and objects, when it is deprived of spontaneity, then society severs the root of art.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.

Al Capp

Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.

Al Capp

Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing.

Sir Ralph Richardson

Aesthetic emotion puts man in a state favorable to the reception of erotic emotion. Art is the accomplice of love. Take love away and there is no longer art.

Rmy de Gourmont

After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest sceintists are always artists as well.

Albert Einstein

All architecture is great architecture after sunset perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

All art is an imitation of nature.

Seneca

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

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