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Alfred de Vigny Quotes and Sayings
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Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.
- Alfred de Vigny

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We live in an age of universal investigation,
and of exploration of the sources of all movements.
- Alfred de Vigny

But it is the province of religion, of philosophy,
of pure poetry only, to go beyond life,
beyond time, into eternity.
- Alfred de Vigny

Do you not see with your own eyes the chrysalis fact
assume by degrees the wings of fiction?
- Alfred de Vigny

 

On the day when man told the story of his life to man,
history was born.
- Alfred de Vigny

Of what use is the memory of facts, if not to serve
as an example of good or of evil?
- Alfred de Vigny

What is the use of theorizing as to wherein lies the charm that moves us?
- Alfred de Vigny

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Of late years (perhaps as a result of our political
changes) art has borrowed from history more than ever.
- Alfred de Vigny

France, for example, loves at the same time history and the drama,
because the one explores the vast destinies of humanity,
and the other the individual lot of man.
- Alfred de Vigny

No writer, no matter how gifted, immortalizes himself
unless he has crystallized into expressive and original
phrase the eternal sentiments and yearnings of the human heart.
- Alfred de Vigny

Of what use were the arts if they were only the reproduction
and the imitation of life?
- Alfred de Vigny

The human mind, I believe, cares for the True only
in the general character of an epoch.
- Alfred de Vigny

The study of social progress is to-day not less needed
in literature than is the analysis of the human heart.
- Alfred de Vigny

The acts of the human race on the world's stage have
doubtless a coherent unity,
but the meaning of the vast tragedy enacted will be
visible only to the eye of God,
until the end, which will reveal it perhaps to the last man.
- Alfred de Vigny

I think, then, that man, after having satisfied his first longing for facts,
wanted something fuller - some grouping,
some adaptation to his capacity and experience,
of the links of this vast chain of events which his sight could not take in.
- Alfred de Vigny

From this, without doubt, sprang the fable.
Man created it thus, because it was not given him to
see more than himself and nature,
which surrounds him; but he created it true with a truth all its own.
- Alfred de Vigny

What it values most of all is the sum total of events
and the advance of civilization,
which carries individuals along with it;
but,
indifferent to details, it cares less to have them real than noble or,
rather, grand and complete.
- Alfred de Vigny

We shall find in our troubled hearts,
where discord reigns, two needs which seem at variance,
but which merge, as I think, in a common source -
the love of the true,
and the love of the fabulous.
- Alfred de Vigny

One might almost reckon mathematically that,
having undergone the double composition of public opinion and of the author,
their history reaches us at third hand and is thus
separated by two stages from the original fact.
- Alfred de Vigny

Do you know that charming part of our country which
has been called the garden of France -
that spot where,
amid verdant plains watered by wide streams,
one inhales the purest air of heaven?
- Alfred de Vigny

Just as we descend into our consciences to judge of
actions which our minds can not weigh,
can we not also search in ourselves for the feeling
which gives birth to forms of thought,
always vague and cloudy?
- Alfred de Vigny

Art hurts.
Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
- Arne Jacobsen

The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully
few real and lasting products of human endeavor.
- Paul Getty

Drawing is the honesty of the art.
There is no possibility of cheating.
It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
- Harry S. Truman

When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others,
to bring them into the process.
- Jim Hodges

Great art picks up where nature ends.
- Marc Chagall

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers -
and never succeeding.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.
- Aristotle

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
- Marshall McLuhan

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome.
No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
- Andre Gide

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
- John Updike

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
- Scott Adams

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

Art is the desire of a man to express himself,
to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
- Amy Lowell

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist,
and the less the artist does the better.
- Andre Gide

Art is the right hand of Nature.
The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.
- Friedrich Schiller

Art is not a study of positive reality,
it is the seeking for ideal truth.
- John Ruskin

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
- Ambrose Bierce

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
- Oscar Wilde

Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.
- Stephen Sondheim

Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the
unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
- Al Capp

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head,
and the heart of man go together.
- John Ruskin

All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone
who has just done you a small favor
wish that he might have done you a greater one.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
- Pablo Picasso

Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.
- Kary Mullis

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
- Anatole France

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel

The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
- David Herbert Lawrence

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than
to continue living for art.
- Clara Schumann

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters,
is simplicity.
- Walt Whitman

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
- Dale Carnegie

The perfection of art is to conceal art.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

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

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as
a basis for architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

Treat a work of art like a prince.
Let it speak to you first.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.
- Marshall McLuhan

Minimal art went nowhere.
- Sol LeWitt

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is
an invention of philosophers...
What we call art is a game.
- Octavio Paz

It is art that makes life, makes interest,
makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever
for the force and beauty of its process.
- Max Eastman

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
- Alexander Pope

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Art is science made clear.
- Wilson Mizner


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