Art of any profundity can be appreciated only slowly, gradually, in leisurely contemplation.
- Daniel Gregory Mason
Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
- Andre Gide
It is for the artist... in portrait painting to put on canvas something more than the face the model wears for that one day; to paint the man, in short, as well as his features.
- James McNeil Whistler
Art for art's sake is an empty phrase. Art for the sake of the true, art for the sake of the good and the beautiful, that is the faith I am searching for.
- George Sand
In life courtesy and self-possession, and in the arts style, are the sensible impressions of the free mind, for both arise out of a deliberate shaping of all things and from never being swept away, whatever the emotion, into confusion or dullness.
- William Butler Yeats
My trade and my art is living.
- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne