Art and literature

The love of beauty is an essential part of all healthy human nature.


Art hath an enemy called ignorance.

--Ben Johnson

Nothing is really beautiful but truth.


Art is long, and time is fleeting.


Knowledge without practice makes but half an artist.


Quality is better than quantity.

--English Proverb


Music hath charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

--Willian Congrave


Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive and widely effective mode of saying things, and hence its importance.

--George Arnold


Brevity is the soul of wit.



Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.



Greatest genius often lies concealed.

--English Proverb


That is not good language which all understand not.



A great poem is a fountain forever overflowing with the waters of wisdom and delight.



Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword.



Art lies in concealing art.

--Latin Proverb


The highest art is to conceal art.



The pen is the tongue of the mind.



An artist lives anywhere.

--English Proverb


He painted a tiger but it turned out a dog.

--Chinese Proverb


Art improves nature.



A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.

--O.W. Holmes


Imagination is more important than knowledge.



Observation is the best teacher.

--English Proverb


Knowledge comes from experience alone.

--English Proverb


Newspapers are the world's mirrors.

--James Ellis


Experience keeps a dear school.



A poet is born, not made.



No man ever yet became great by imitation.

--Samuel Johnson


A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.

--Sir Joshua Reynolds


The proper study of mankind is man.