Art and Culture

"If vaudeville had died, television was the box they put it in."


Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The word poet literally means maker: anything which is not well made doesn't exist."


Rating: 3.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"I cry out for order and find it only in art."

Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes "On Reflection"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Art is a reality, not a definition; inasmuch as it approaches a reality, it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere definition, it is imperfect and untrue."

Benjamin Haydon
Benjamin Haydon "Correspondence and Table Talk"

Rating: 8.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Books are ... funny little portable pieces of thought."

Susan Sontag (Time, December 11, 1989)
Susan Sontag (Time, December 11, 1989)

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work."

Lewis Thomas
Lewis Thomas "On Thinking About Thinking"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Without music, life is a journey through a desert."


Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity."


Rating: 2.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way."

E.M. Forster
E.M. Forster "Two Cheers for Democracy"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Journalism is literature in a hurry."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Every young sculptor seems to think that he must give the world some specimen of indecorous womanhood, and call it Eve, Venus, a Nymph, or any name that may apologize for a lack of decent clothing."

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne "The Marble Faun"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Art is either plagiarism or revolution."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?"

Paul Gauguin
Paul Gauguin "Intimate Journals"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others."


Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"There is the known and there is the unknown. In between are The Doors."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Any man who does not have his inner world to translate is not an artist."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Painting is very easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do."


Rating: 7.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Film music is like small lamp that you place below the screen to warm it."


Rating: 8.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A line is a dot that goes for a walk."


Rating: 7.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Writing is the enemy of forgetfulness, of thoughtlessness. For the writer there is no oblivion. Only endless memory."

Anita Brookner
Anita Brookner "Look at Me"

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"What distinguishes the artist from the dilettante? Only the pain the artist feels. The dilettante looks only for pleasure in art."


Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"A word is elegy to what it signifies."

Robert Hass
Robert Hass "Meditation at Lagunitas"

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Great writers are the saints for the godless."


Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The artist needs but a roof, a crust of bread, and his easel, and all the rest God gives him in abundance. He must live to paint and not paint to live."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does."

Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg "Ginsberg: A Biography"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The poet is a man who lives at last by watching his moods. An old poet comes at last to watch his moods as narrowly as a cat does a mouse."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication."

Rebecca West
Rebecca West "Ending In Earnest"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption."

André Bazin
André Bazin "What is Cinema?"

Rating: 3.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A poet is a combination of an instrument and a human being in one person, with the former gradually taking over the latter. The sensation of this takeover is responsible for timbre; the realization of it, for destiny."

Iosip Aleksandrovich Brodsky
Iosip Aleksandrovich Brodsky "Less Than One: Selected Essays"

Rating: 1.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"An artist has been defined as a neurotic who continually cures himeself with his art."


Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."


Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The only legitimate artists in England are the architects."

Benjamin Haydon
Benjamin Haydon "Correspondence and Table-Talk"

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A nation creates music - the composer only arranges it."


Rating: 2.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"An Artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work."


Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"An actor is exactly as big as his imagination."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"True works of art contain their own theory and give us the measurement according to which we should judge them."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe letter to Johann Friedrich Cotta
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe letter to Johann Friedrich Cotta

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"What matters in art is not thinking but making."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader."

Robert Lee Frost
Robert Lee Frost "Preface to Collected Poems"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A book is a present you can open again and again!"


Rating: 8.33 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Authors, like coins, grow dear as they grow old: It is the rust we value, not the gold."

Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope "Imitations of Horace"

Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"There are three reasons for becoming a writer. The first is that you need the money; the second, that you have something to say that you think the world should know; and the third is that you can't think what to do with the long winter evenings."

Quentin Crisp
Quentin Crisp "The Naked Civil Servant"

Rating: 3.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Interpretation is revenge of the intellect upon art."

Susan Sontag
Susan Sontag "Evergreen Interpretation"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence."


Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)