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Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the
by Al Capp

Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the
unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
- Al Capp

Related topics: Art

Anyone who can walk to the welfare office can walk to work.
- Al Capp

Success is following the pattern of life one enjoys most.
- Al Capp

Today's younger generation is no worse than my own.
We were just as ignorant and repulsive as they are,
but nobody listened to us.
- Al Capp

 

Like all New York hotel lady cashiers she had red hair
and had been disappointed in her first husband.
- Al Capp

The public is like a piano.
You just have to know what keys to poke.
- Al Capp

Young people should be helped, sheltered,
ignored, and clubbed of necessary.
- Al Capp

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My work is being destroyed almost as soon as it is printed.
One day it is being read; the next day someone's wrapping fish in it.
- Al Capp

There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know:
the Bible,
the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species,
and Karl Marx's Capital.
- Al Capp

The secret of how to live without resentment or embarrassment
in a world in which I was different from everyone else.
was to be indifferent to that difference.
- Al Capp

Any place that anyone can learn something useful from
someone with experience is an educational institution.
- Al Capp

The more horrifying this world becomes,
the more art becomes abstract.
- Ellen Key

All abstract sciences are nothing but the study of relations between signs.
- Denis Diderot

We invoke the sacrifices of our fallen heroes in the abstract,
but we seldom take time to thank them individually.
- Rahm Emanuel

This paper was one of my digressions into abstract economics.
- William Vickrey

Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man
whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
- John Keats

I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone
in order to make an abstract form and space;
quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism.
- Barbara Hepworth

When I was thinking about The Lion King,
I said, we have to do what theater does best.
What theater does best is to be abstract and not to do literal reality.
- Julie Taymor

Many attempts have been made by writers on art and
poetry to define beauty in the abstract,
to express it in the most general terms,
to find some universal formula for it.
- Walter Pater

They are imbeciles who call my work abstract.
That which they call abstract is the most realistic,
because what is real is not the exterior but the idea,
the essence of things.
- Constantin Brancusi

Change means movement.
Movement means friction.
Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract
world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.
- Saul Alinsky

Money is human happiness in the abstract;
he,
then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness
in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The atmosphere is different in Congress after September 11.
Terrorism is no longer an abstract issue,
but a real, tangible threat.
- Howard Berman

Let me first say that I don't think the millennium
target of cutting global poverty in half is an impossible or abstract target.
I think it is a real and achievable goal.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

I am at war...
with the principal personage of traditional philosophy,
that abstract subject who masquerades as everyone and anyone,
but is really a male subject in disguise.
- Pam Gems

Northern white people love the Negro in a sort of abstract way,
as a race; through a sense of justice,
charity, and philanthropy, they will liberally assist in his elevation.
- James Weldon Johnson

None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled
utopia than that of eternal peace.
- Theodor Adorno

There is no abstract art.
You must always start with something.
Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
- Pablo Picasso

I was worried in the '80s that the best abstract painting
had become obsessed with materiality,
and painterly gestures and materiality were up against the wall.
- Frank Stella

We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images.
Abstract art will have been good for one thing:
to restore its exact virginity to figurative art.
- Salvador Dali

Theater is far superior to film in poetry,
in abstract poetry.
- Julie Taymor

Do you not see, first, that - as a mental abstract -
physical force is directly opposed to morality;
and secondly,
that it practically drives out of existence the moral forces?
- Auberon Herbert

I am searching for abstract ways of expressing reality,
abstract forms that will enlighten my own mystery.
- Eric Cantona

There is no such thing as justice in the abstract;
it is merely a compact between men.
- Epicurus

I was a student at Harvard, and that's where I learned
about so-called avant-garde music.
Jackson Pollock, abstract expressionism and painting
were well known at this time.
- Henry Flynt

The abstract analysis of the world by mathematics and
physics rests on the concepts of space and time.
- James J. Gibson

Even the recognition of an individual whom we see every
day is only possible as the result of an abstract idea
of him formed by generalization from his appearances in the past.
- James G. Frazer

Judaism lives not in an abstract creed,
but in its institutions.
- Berthold Auerbach

And also the new excitement and variety of ways that
the abstract expressionists were applying paint.
You could put it on as though it were colored air and it would be painting.
- Robert Rauschenberg

I hardly need to abstract things, for each object is unreal enough already,
so unreal that I can only make it real by means of painting.
- Max Beckmann

Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure
system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes,
and, ironically, the more real.
- Lucian Freud

I'm not a natural leader.
I'm too intellectual; I'm too abstract;
I think too much.
- Newt Gingrich

The love of the famous, like all strong passions,
is quite abstract.
Its intensity can be measured mathematically,
and it is independent of persons.
- Susan Sontag

As I say, I as an abstract artist was active politically.
- Lee Krasner

What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles...
It is in our own time that we have become aware of
pure aesthetic considerations.
Art never can be imitation.
- Hans Hofmann

Within two hours of where I live, you have mountains and desert as location.
I like the natural elements that abstract into light,
texture, shape and shadow.
- Herb Ritts

Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make
abstract that which is concrete.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Verse is not written, it is bled; Out of the poet's abstract head.
Words drip the poem on the page; Out of his grief,
delight and rage.
- Paul Engle

I paint abstract expressions.
- Billy Zane

Abstraction is a mental process we use when trying
to discern what is essential or relevant to a problem;
it does not require a belief in abstract entities.
- Tom G. Palmer

To say it another way, thinking, however abstract,
originates in an embodied subjectivity,
at once overdetermined and permeable to contingent events.
- Teresa de Lauretis

In contrast, traditional classical music starts from
an abstract musical schema.
This is then notated and only expressed in concrete sound as a last stage,
when it is performed.
- Pierre Schaeffer

It makes no difference whether a work is naturalistic or abstract;
every visual expression follows the same fundamental laws.
- Hans Hofmann

We have wasted our spirit in the regions of the abstract
and general just as the monks let it wither in the
world of prayer and contemplation.
- Alexander Herzen

I like the fact that music is more abstract.
- Bryan Ferry

The minute I start to talk about acting,
I realize that I can't.
You know, it's an abstract thing, a little bit mysterious
even if you do it for a living.
- Christopher Walken

I am dominated by one thing, an irresistible,
burning attraction towards the abstract.
- Gustave Moreau

Color is for me the purest form of expression,
the purest abstract reality.
- Jim Hodges

The man of science, like the man of letters,
is too apt to view mankind only in the abstract,
selecting in his consideration only a single side of
our complex and many-sided being.
- James G. Frazer

The more chaos there is, the more science holds on
to abstract systems of control,
and the more chaos is engendered.
- William Irwin Thompson

Yes, I did, I mean I painted er, in a kind of abstract expressionist way,
because of course that was exciting.
- David Hockney

The ABC of our profession is to avoid these large abstract
terms in order to try to discover behind them the only concrete realities,
which are human beings.
- Marc Bloch

They lyrical content has grown more introspective and less abstract.
I don't know if that's good or bad...
Sometimes it feels a little raw to be putting so much of myself out there.
- Mark Edwards

When I conform to truth, I do not conform to an abstract principle;
I conform to the nature of God.
- Kenneth L. Pike

The longer mathematics lives the more abstract -
and therefore,
possibly also the more practical - it becomes.
- E. T. Bell

In the abstract conception of universal wrong,
all concrete responsibility vanishes.
- Theodor Adorno

How many people make themselves abstract to appear profound.
The most useful part of abstract terms are the shadows
they create to hide a vacuum.
- Joseph Joubert

I do not see scales as abstract.
- James Galway

It is about this very abstract sense of displacement
that he feels the moment he turns off the television.
- Atom Egoyan

I have always tried to write in a simple way,
using down-to-earth and not abstract words.
- Georges Simenon


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