Literature is news that stays news.
No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.
Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.
I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them.
The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.
Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible.
Art is to be admired rather than explained. The jargon of these sculptors is beyond me. I do not precisely know why I admire a green granite, female, apparently pregnant monster with one eye going around a square corner.
The Image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.
If a patron buys from an artist who needs money (needs money to buy tools, time, food), the patron then makes himself equal to the artist; he is building art into the world; he creates.
An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.
I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
It's better to have loved and lost than to have to do forty pounds of laundry a week.
Every citizen who stops smoking, or loses a few pounds, or starts managing his chronic disease with real diligence, is caulking a crack for the benefit of us all.
I'm scared to death of being poor. It's like a fat girl who loses 500 pounds but is always fat inside. I grew up poor and will always feel poor inside. It's my pet paranoia.
I adore art...when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.
There is no intrinsic worth in money but what is alterable with the times, and whether a guinea goes for twenty pounds or for a shilling, it is the labor of the poor and not the high and low value that is set on gold or silver, which all the comforts of life must arise from.
The habit of looking on the bright side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year.