Through art alone are we able to emerge from ourselves, to know what another person sees of a universe.[Par l’art seulement, nous pouvons sortir de nous, savoir ce que voit un autre de cet univers.]
There is no surer way of evading the world than by Art; and no surer way of uniting with it than by Art.
The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.
The man susceptible to art stands in the same relation to the reality of dreams as the philosopher to the reality of existence; he is a close and willing observer, for from these pictures he reads the meaning of life, and by these processes he trains himself for life.
The idea of beauty is the fundamental idea of everything. In the world we see only distortions of the fundamental idea, but art, by imagination, may lift itself to the height of this idea. Art is therefore akin to creation.
The general history of art and literature shows that the highest achievements of the human mind are, as a rule, not favourably received at first.
The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.