Art and Culture

"Art compares to nature like wine to the grape."

Franz Grillparzer
Franz Grillparzer "Notebooks and Diaries"

Rating: 5.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it."

Percy Bysshe Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley "A Defence of Poetry"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Great artists have no country."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Style is a fraud. I always felt the Greeks were hiding behind their columns."


Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The cure for writer's cramp is writer's block."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Poetry is one of the destinies of speech... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Talent is an amalgam of high sensitivity; easy vulnerability; high sensory equipment (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting intensely); a vivid imagination as well as a grip on reality; the desire to communicate one's own experience and sensations, to make one's self heard and seen."

Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen "Respect for Acting"

Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them."

Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler "Notebooks"

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again."


Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Art is good when it springs from necessity. This kind of origin is the guarantee of its value; there is no other."


Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Art is uncompromising and life is full of compromises."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts--the book of their deeds, the book of their words, and the book of their art."

John Ruskin
John Ruskin "St. Mark's Rest"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one. "


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Writing is turning one's worst moments into money."


Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Artists are the monks of the bourgeois state."

Cesare Pavese
Cesare Pavese "The Burning Brand: Diaries 1935-1950"

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The function of the actor is to make the audience imagine for the moment that real things are happening to real people."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia."


Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk."

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens "Nicholas Nickleby"

Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Make them laugh, make them cry, and back to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Why do writers write? Because it isn't there."


Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The spirit of poetry combines the profundity of the philosopher and the child's delight in bright pictures."

Franz Grillparzer
Franz Grillparzer "Notebooks and Diaries"

Rating: 1.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance."

Françoise Sagan
Françoise Sagan "A Certain Smile"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds."

Percy Bysshe Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley "A Defence of Poetry"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Literature is analysis after the event."


Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud. "


Rating: 7.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A literary woman's best critic is her husband."

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps "Chapters from a Life"

Rating: 3.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs."


Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The poet begins where the man ends. The man's lot is to live his human life, the poet's to invent what is nonexistent."

Jose Ortega y Gasset
Jose Ortega y Gasset "The Dehumanization of Art"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Poetry has become the higher algebra of metaphors."

Jose Ortega y Gasset
Jose Ortega y Gasset "The Dehumanization of Art"

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The essential function of art is moral. [...] But a passionate, implicit morality, not didactic. A morality which changes the blood, rather than the mind."


Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it."

David Herbert Lawrence
David Herbert Lawrence "The Spirit of Place"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Reading makes a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man."


Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Culture relates to objects and is a phenomenon of the world; entertainment relates to people and is a phenomenon of life."

Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt "Between Past and Future"

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun."


Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The differences between revolution in art and revolution in politics are enormous... Revolution in art lies not in the will to destroy but in the revelation of what has already been destroyed. Art kills only the dead."

Harold Rosenberg
Harold Rosenberg "The Tradition of the New"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Science and literature are not two things, but two sides of one thing."

Thomas Henry Huxley
Thomas Henry Huxley "Aphorisms and Reflections"

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Wherever art appears, life disappears."


Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes."


Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism."


Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book."


Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Memory, workmaid and mother of the Muses."

Aeschylus
Aeschylus "Prometheus Bound"

Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid."

Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa "The Real Frank Zappa Book"

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)