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Art for art's sake, with no purpose, for any purpose perverts art. But art achieves a purpose which is not its own.
Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look foolish is one of youth's many burdens; as we get older we are exempted ...
Experiment is necessary in establishing an academy, but certain principles must apply to this business of art as to any other busi ...
The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint.
The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.
Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing. It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense of what can and cannot b ...
Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult.
I strive to be brief but I become obscure.
He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.
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