Friday, March 21, 2014


A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.-- Oscar Wilde.

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation it is a corpse. – Winston Churchill.

In art, the hand cannot execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.   – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. – John F Kennedy.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.  – Thomas Merton.

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known to what is arcane and concealed. – Khalil Gibran.

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. – Albert Camus.

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
– Dale Carnegie.

A true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. – Michelangelo.

Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.
– Arthur Shopenhauer.

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those that cannot attain it in anything. – Gustave Flaubert.

Every good painter paints what he is. – Jackson Pollock.

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art. – Harry S Truman.

The arts are an even better barometer of what’s happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.
– Hendrik William van Loon.

Image above, "ODE TO HENDRIX", by Parker Kagan-Kaufman, 2011.  Cardstock and computer enhanced designs, 8.5" x 11".  Available on

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