Art and Culture

"Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature."

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance."

Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry."

Sartre-Jean-Paul "Black Orpheus"

Rating: 3.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Art has to be a kind of confession."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Poetry is what is lost in translation. It is also what is lost in interpretation."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car."

Rating: 7.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual, and only the individual reader is important to me."

Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov "Strong Opinions"

Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"American writers want to be not good but great; and so are neither."

Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal "Two Sisters"

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Art is meant to disturb, science reassures."

Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Culture is an instrument wielded by professors, to manufacture professors, who when their turn comes will manufacture professors."

Simone Weil
Simone Weil "The Need for Roots"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"If Botticelli were alive today he'd be working for Vogue."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."

Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley "Music at Night"

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once."

Cyril Connolly
Cyril Connolly "Enemies of Promise"

Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A musicologist is a man who can read music but can't hear it."

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Good music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and quits the memory with difficulty. "

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes. "

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Music is the eye of the ear."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Literature is the effort of man to indemnify himself for the wrongs of his condition."

Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. "

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Poetry must be new as foam, and as old as the rock."

Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love and of thought, which, in the course of centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved."

Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all."

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Art is the signature of man."

Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Gilbert Keith Chesterton "The Everlasting Man"

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture."

Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke."

Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over."

Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway "Death in the Afternoon"

Rating: 2.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life."

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde "The Decay of Lying"

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar."

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

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Art is a revolt against fate."

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Art is not a thing; it is a way."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis."

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"There are two classes of poets: the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love."

Rating: 1.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Words become luminous when the poet's finger has passed over them its phosphorescence."

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Art is a jealous mistress."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "The Conduct of Life"

Rating: 1.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The truly great writer does not want to write. He wants the world to be a place in which he can live the life of the imagination."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Where one begins by burning books, one will end up burning people."

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Literature is the noblest of all the arts. Music dies on the air, or at best exists only as a memory; oratory ceases with the effort; the painter's colors fade and the canvas rots; the marble is dragged from its pedestal and is broken into fragments."

Elbert Green Hubbard
Elbert Green Hubbard "The Note Book of Elbert Hubbard"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer."

Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction."

Rating: 3.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"There are only two books written: Someone goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)