Art and literature
The love of beauty is an essential part of all healthy human nature.
Art hath an enemy called ignorance.
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.
Music hath charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive and widely effective mode of saying things, and hence its importance.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
Greatest genius often lies concealed.
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.
The highest art is to conceal art.
The pen is the tongue of the mind.
An artist lives anywhere.
He painted a tiger but it turned out a dog.
Art improves nature.
A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Observation is the best teacher.
Knowledge comes from experience alone.
Newspapers are the world's mirrors.
Experience keeps a dear school.
A poet is born, not made.
No man ever yet became great by imitation.
A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.
--Sir Joshua Reynolds
The proper study of mankind is man.