Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
All Japan is like a museum. You can travel about for years and daily find new gems of natural beauty and of the most perfect art. Everything seems so small and delicate. Even the people are small.
Yes, indeed, the savages have taught many things to the man of an old civilization; these ignorant men have taught him much in the art of living and happiness.
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
Michelangelo cared no longer for his own glory.
He thought only of the glory of God,
and art had become to him merely a means of service.
The object of art is not to produce riches. Become a great artist, and all other desirable accessories will fall to your lot.
The final revelation is that Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art.
Economy is the art of making the most of life. The love of economy is the root of all virtue.
Diplomacy, n. The patriotic art of lying for one's country.
O rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy,
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.