To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts; such is the obligation of the artist.  Robert Schumann

Where the spirit does not works with the hand, there is no art.

Da Vinci

Art is not a handicraft. It is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

Leo Tolstoy

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.


The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed;

but a thing created is loved before it exists.

Charles Dickens

To any artist worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.

Auguste Rodin

Art is not what you see, but what you make other people see.

Edgar Degas

He who sells himself to style turns his statues into bad literature.


Be silent unless what you have to say is better than silence.

Salvator Rosa

Fine art is that which the hand, the head, and the heart go together.


After the first performance of “The Messiah” in London when Lord Kinnoul thanked Handel for entertaining the audience so completely, Handel replied, “I should be sorry my lord if I have only succeeded in entertaining them. I wished to make them better.”