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Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
If you have great talents, industry will improve them: if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.
Give me the critic bred in Nature's school,
Who neither talks by rote, nor thinks by rule;
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When love of painting (late a passion) came,
With kindling zeal he caught the novel flame;
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Dug from the tomb of taste-refining time,
Each form is exquisite, each block sublime.
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Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.
The sign of a Philistine age is the cry of immorality against art.
A new kind of award has been added--the deathbed award. It is not an award of any kind. Either the recipient has not acted at all, ...
It does not matter what the whip is; it is none the less a whip, because you have cut thongs for it out of your own souls.
...he sent letters to all the royal provinces, to every province in its own script and to every people in its own language, declar ...
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