Art and Culture

"Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know."

Joseph Roux
Joseph Roux "Meditations of a Parish Priest"

Rating: 4.83 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes."

Joseph Roux
Joseph Roux "Meditations of a Parish Priest"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep."

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal."

George Santayana
George Santayana "The Life of Reason"

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together, join hands and celebrate all the arts."

Rating: 7.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist."

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"If there were only one truth, you couldn't paint a hundred canvases on the same theme."

Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is less important than emotional sincerity."

George Orwell
George Orwell "Inside the Whale and Other Essays"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Artists are never complete people. But if it's art that completes them, then what is taken away?"

Alexander Theroux
Alexander Theroux "An Adultery"

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued."

Jean Rostand
Jean Rostand "The Substance of Man"

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt; it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and greatest; it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen."

Walter Bagehot
Walter Bagehot "Physics and Politics"

Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry."

Edith Hamilton
Edith Hamilton "The Greek Way"

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"When the book comes out it may hurt you - but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself."

James Baldwin
James Baldwin "A Dialogue"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Fashions fade, style is eternal."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Acting is the physical representation of a mental picture and the projection of an emotional concept."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream."

Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Perspective is the rein and rudder of painting."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians."

Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa "The Real Frank Zappa Book"

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I hate books; they only teach us to talk about what we don't know."

Rousseau-Jean-Jacques "Emile, or Education"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Music is the space between the notes."

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art."

Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts."

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic."

Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce "The Devil's Dictionary"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child."

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"All art is an imitation of nature."

Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Talk low, talk slow, and don't talk too much."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"I can\`t listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"A piece of writing is the product of a series of explosions in the mind."

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"To express the emotions of life is to live. To express the life of emotions is to make art."

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Music is the exaltation of the mind derived from things eternal, bursting forth in sound."

Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A poet looks at the world as a man looks at a woman."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Being a writer in a library is rather like being a eunuch in a harem."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Poetry is life distilled."

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Poetry is the deification of reality."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Movies in Hollywood now, for the past 20 or 30 years, are made mainly by lawyers or agents."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"All the best songs are co-written by God."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Creativity - like human life itself - begins in darkness."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy."

Rating: 3.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Every great film should seem new every time you see it."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Music can change the world because it can change people."

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"My work is writing, but my real work is being."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Would people applaud me if I was a good plumber?"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)