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The art of pleasing is the art of deception. ...
by Marquis De Vauvenargues

The art of pleasing is the art of deception.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

You must rouse into people's consciousness their own prudence and strength,
if you want to raise their character.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

We should expect the best and the worst of mankind,
as from the weather.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

To possess taste, one must have some soul.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

 

Vice stirs up war, virtue fights.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Lazy people are always anxious to be doing something.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

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All grand thoughts come from the heart.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

One promises much, to avoid giving little.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Everyone is born sincere and die deceivers.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit;
few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

There is nothing that fear and hope does not permit men to do.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

The idle always have a mind to do something.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men
is to endow them with small talents and great ambition.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

You are not born for fame if you don't know the value of time.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

If people did not compliment one another there would be little society.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Wicked people are always surprised to find ability in those that are good.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Those who can bear all can dare all.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to
live up to one's opportunities and make the most of one's resources.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes
led to extraordinary success.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Emotions have taught mankind to reason.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

Your life is the manifestation of your dream;
it is an art.
You can change your life anytime if
you aren't enjoying the dream.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist,
and the less the artist does the better.
- Andre Gide

Art is the desire of a man to express himself,
to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
- Amy Lowell

All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.
- Robert Delaunay

Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter

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

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

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
- Carroll O'Connor

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than
to continue living for art.
- Clara Schumann

The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully
few real and lasting products of human endeavor.
- Paul Getty

The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
- David Herbert Lawrence

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters,
is simplicity.
- Walt Whitman

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head,
and the heart of man go together.
- John Ruskin

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

Art consists of limitation.
The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
- Theodor Adorno

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art;
men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
- E. M. Forster

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.
- Alfred de Vigny

Treat a work of art like a prince.
Let it speak to you first.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Art is the right hand of Nature.
The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.
- Friedrich Schiller

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
- Jerzy Kosinski

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone
who has just done you a small favor
wish that he might have done you a greater one.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
- Marshall McLuhan

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is
an invention of philosophers...
What we call art is a game.
- Octavio Paz

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

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men,
is the same as saying of some kind of food that it
is very good but that most people can't eat it.
- Leo Tolstoy

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
- Theodor Adorno

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Art hurts.
Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

A guilty conscience needs to confess.
A work of art is a confession.
- Albert Camus

It is art that makes life, makes interest,
makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever
for the force and beauty of its process.
- Max Eastman

The principles of true art is not to portray,
but to evoke.
- Jerzy Kosinski

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

I cry out for order and find it only in art.
- Helen Hayes


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