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Catherine Drinker Bowen Quotes and Sayings

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If art has a purpose, it is to interpret life,
reproduce it in fresh visions.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

There is a marvelous turn and trick to British arrogance;
its apparent unconsciousness makes it twice as effectual.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed.
And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink,
the facts printed in black ink.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the
realization that he has come upon the right word.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

 

Will the reader turn the page?
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

I speak truth, not so much as I would,
but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more,
as I grown older.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

Many a man who has known himself at ten forgets himself
utterly between ten and thirty.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

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Writing, I think, is not apart from living.
Writing is a kind of double living The writer experiences everything twice.
Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained
characters who are never in trouble,
never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes and always
count their change when it is handed to them.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

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

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

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

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

Art is the stored honey of the human soul,
gathered on wings of misery and travail.
- Theodore Dreiser

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

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

Minimal art went nowhere.
- Sol LeWitt

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

Things turn out best for the people
who make the best of the way things turn out.
- Art Linkletter

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

Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.
- Marshall McLuhan

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

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

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others,
to bring them into the process.
- Jim Hodges

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather,
and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The history of art is the history of revivals.
- Samuel Butler

When I think of art I think of beauty.
Beauty is the mystery of life.
It is not in the eye it is in the mind.
In our minds there is awareness of perfection.
- Agnes Martin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wherever art appears, life disappears.
- Robert Motherwell

Art is not a study of positive reality,
it is the seeking for ideal truth.
- John Ruskin

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

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

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

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 doesn't transform.
It just plain forms.
- Roy Lichtenstein

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.
- Aristotle

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

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

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

Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux

Great art picks up where nature ends.
- Marc Chagall

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
- Twyla Tharp


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