Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
—George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950 British playwright)
All art is but imitation of nature.
—Annaeus Seneca (ca. 4 B.C.-A.D. 65 Roman philosopher and statesman)
Art is the right hand of nature. The latter only gave us being, but the former made us men.
—Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805 German poet and playwright)
Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
—Pablo Picasso (1881-1973 Spanish painter)
Music is the universal language of mankind.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882 American poet)
Where there’s music there can be no evil.
—Miguel Cervantes (1547-1616 Spanish novelist)
Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.
—Claude Achille Debussy (1862-1918 French composer)
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is a speaking picture.
—Simonides (556-468 B.C. Greek poet)
A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.
—Edmond de Goncourt (1822-1896 French writer)
A poet is born, not made.
—Florus (Roman poet)
Prose is words in their best order, poetry is the best words in the best order.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834 British poet and critic)
Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822 British poet)
A great poem is a fountain forever overflowing with waters of wisdom and delight.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822 British poet)
The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.
—William Faulkner (1897-1962 American writer)
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832 German poet and playwright)

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