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Alfred de Vigny Quotes and Sayings

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

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No writer, no matter how gifted, immortalizes himself
unless he has crystallized into expressive and original
phrase the eternal sentiments and yearnings of the human heart.
- Alfred de Vigny

Of what use were the arts if they were only the reproduction
and the imitation of life?
- Alfred de Vigny

We live in an age of universal investigation,
and of exploration of the sources of all movements.
- Alfred de Vigny

 

What is the use of theorizing as to wherein lies the charm that moves us?
- Alfred de Vigny

The human mind, I believe, cares for the True only
in the general character of an epoch.
- Alfred de Vigny

On the day when man told the story of his life to man,
history was born.
- Alfred de Vigny

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But it is the province of religion, of philosophy,
of pure poetry only, to go beyond life,
beyond time, into eternity.
- Alfred de Vigny

Of what use is the memory of facts, if not to serve
as an example of good or of evil?
- Alfred de Vigny

Of late years (perhaps as a result of our political
changes) art has borrowed from history more than ever.
- Alfred de Vigny

The study of social progress is to-day not less needed
in literature than is the analysis of the human heart.
- Alfred de Vigny

France, for example, loves at the same time history and the drama,
because the one explores the vast destinies of humanity,
and the other the individual lot of man.
- Alfred de Vigny

Do you not see with your own eyes the chrysalis fact
assume by degrees the wings of fiction?
- Alfred de Vigny

Just as we descend into our consciences to judge of
actions which our minds can not weigh,
can we not also search in ourselves for the feeling
which gives birth to forms of thought,
always vague and cloudy?
- Alfred de Vigny

I think, then, that man, after having satisfied his first longing for facts,
wanted something fuller - some grouping,
some adaptation to his capacity and experience,
of the links of this vast chain of events which his sight could not take in.
- Alfred de Vigny

What it values most of all is the sum total of events
and the advance of civilization,
which carries individuals along with it;
but,
indifferent to details, it cares less to have them real than noble or,
rather, grand and complete.
- Alfred de Vigny

We shall find in our troubled hearts,
where discord reigns, two needs which seem at variance,
but which merge, as I think, in a common source -
the love of the true,
and the love of the fabulous.
- Alfred de Vigny

From this, without doubt, sprang the fable.
Man created it thus, because it was not given him to
see more than himself and nature,
which surrounds him; but he created it true with a truth all its own.
- Alfred de Vigny

One might almost reckon mathematically that,
having undergone the double composition of public opinion and of the author,
their history reaches us at third hand and is thus
separated by two stages from the original fact.
- Alfred de Vigny

Do you know that charming part of our country which
has been called the garden of France -
that spot where,
amid verdant plains watered by wide streams,
one inhales the purest air of heaven?
- Alfred de Vigny

The acts of the human race on the world's stage have
doubtless a coherent unity,
but the meaning of the vast tragedy enacted will be
visible only to the eye of God,
until the end, which will reveal it perhaps to the last man.
- Alfred de Vigny

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

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

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

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

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

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
- Michelangelo

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
- Roy Lichtenstein

Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.
- Kary Mullis

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel

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

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

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

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
- Scott Adams

All art is autobiographical.
The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
- Federico Fellini

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
- Jean Rostand

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time.
Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things
which always become ugly with time.
- Jean Cocteau

Great art picks up where nature ends.
- Marc Chagall

Wherever art appears, life disappears.
- Robert Motherwell

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

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as
a basis for architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

Drawing is the honesty of the art.
There is no possibility of cheating.
It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali

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

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next
to a God made object like a tree or flower.
If it clashes, it is not art.
- Paul Cezanne

Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.
- Stephen Sondheim

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers -
and never succeeding.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

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

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living
forms and social intercourse.
- Francis Bacon

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
- Jonathan Swift

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
- Gustave Flaubert

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

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.
- Salvador Dali

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
- Paul Gauguin

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
- Pablo Picasso

Art is not a thing; it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
- Alexander Pope

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
- John Updike

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training,
for it trains people as to how they should think.
- Arthur Schopenhauer


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