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    • If you were in a burning house and there was a cat and a Rembrandt, what would you save? The would save the cat, because the cat is alive. The art is dead. It's just paint on a canvas, ink on a page. To live for art is to deny life. It's just to destroy life.
      Northern Exposure, Cicely, 1992, by Andrew Schneider
    • All art is an imitation of nature.
    • I believe that if it were left to artists to choose their own labels, most would choose none.
    • Creativity is...seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.
    • Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.
    • Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings.
    • I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
    • Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.
    • Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?
    • Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
      Dialogues (1954), by Alfred North Whitehead
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