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Clive Bell Quotes and Sayings

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The forms of art are inexhaustible; but all lead by
the same road of aesthetic emotion to the same world of aesthetic ecstasy.
- Clive Bell

Comfort came in with the middle classes.
- Clive Bell

There must be some one quality without which a work of art cannot exist;
possessing which,
in the least degree, no work is altogether worthless.
- Clive Bell

It would follow that 'significant form' was form behind
which we catch a sense of ultimate reality.
- Clive Bell

 

I will try to account for the degree of my aesthetic emotion.
That, I conceive, is the function of the critic.
- Clive Bell

All sensitive people agree that there is a peculiar
emotion provoked by works of art.
- Clive Bell

Genius worship is the inevitable sign of an uncreative age.
- Clive Bell

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We have no other means of recognising a work of art than our feeling for it.
- Clive Bell

It is the mark of great art that its appeal is universal and eternal.
- Clive Bell

Do not mistake a crowd of big wage-earners for the leisure class.
- Clive Bell

A rose is the visible result of an infinitude of complicated
goings on in the bosom of the earth and in the air above,
and similarly a work of art is the product of strange
activities in the human mind.
- Clive Bell

We all agree now - by "we" I mean intelligent people under sixty -
that a work of art is like a rose.
A rose is not beautiful because it is like something else.
Neither is a work of art.
Roses and works of art are beautiful in themselves.
- Clive Bell

Art and Religion are, then, two roads by which men
escape from circumstance to ecstasy.
Between aesthetic and religious rapture there is a family alliance.
Art and Religion are means to similar states of mind.
- Clive Bell

Only reason can convince us of those three fundamental
truths without a recognition of which there can be no effective liberty:
that what we believe is not necessarily true;
that what we like is not necessarily good;
and that all questions are open.
- Clive Bell

It's essential to tell the truth at all times.
This will reduce life's pain.
Lying distorts reality.
All forms of distorted thinking must be corrected.
- John Bradshaw

The man form is higher than the angel form;
of all forms it is the highest.
Man is the highest being in creation,
because he aspires to freedom.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

The moment a person forms a theory,
his imagination sees in every object
only the traits which favor that theory.
- Thomas Jefferson

That deep emotional conviction of the presence
of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed
in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
- Albert Einstein

Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent,
of forms assembled in the light.
- Le Corbusier

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of
nationalism can long survive when men have seen the
Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.
- Arthur C. Clarke

The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms
an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
- Elbert Hubbard

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

The love of beauty in its multiple forms is the noblest
gift of the human cerebrum.
- Alexis Carrel

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

Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.
- Lawrence Durrell

A major difficulty is that the answer to the Riddle
of the Sphinx is partly a product of the answers that
we already have given to the riddle in its various forms.
- Gregory Bateson

May we be saved from evil thoughts and deed of enemies
of world peace who find pleasure in creating havoc
and perpetrating all forms of carnage.
- Yahya Jammeh

The vice-president of an advertising agency is a bit
of executive fungus that forms on a desk that has been exposed to conference.
- Fred Allen

The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels
at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work.
- Berthold Auerbach

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms
of government those entrusted with power have,
in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
- Thomas Jefferson

Many legitimate forms of ownership, mainly cooperative and communal,
had not been used to any effective extent mainly because
of the imposition of Stalinist restrictions.
- Alexander Dubcek

My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain.
My hand on a pen does.
A fountain pen, of course.
Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.
- Graham Greene

Affirmitive action is extremely complex because it
appears in many different forms.
- Constance Baker Motley

I'm very resistant to most forms of theater.
- Steven Berkoff

The wise man regulates his conduct by the theories
both of religion and science.
But he regards these theories not as statements of
ultimate fact but as art-forms.
- John B. S. Haldane

Of the various forms of government which have prevailed in the world,
an hereditary monarchy seems to present the fairest scope for ridicule.
- Edward Gibbon

Of the many forms of false culture, a premature converse
with abstractions is perhaps the most likely to prove
fatal to the growth of a masculine vigour of intellect.
- George Boole

Well rounded forms gives smooth sounds;
sharper or angular forms give harder and harsher sounds.
- Norman McLaren

The most general law in nature is equity-the principle
of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of
forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency.
- Herbert Read

I just filled out my income tax forms.
Who says you can't get killed by a blank?
- Milton Berle

One cannot wage war under present conditions without
the support of public opinion,
which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda.
- Douglas MacArthur

New legislation has just been adopted by the International
Labour Organization on the Worst Forms of Child Labor,
such as bonded labour, prostitution and hazardous work.
- Carol Bellamy

The mystical poetry of William Blake's artwork also
forms the basis for the album cover.
- Bruce Dickinson

Everyone, left to his own devices, forms an idea about
what goes on in language which is very far from the truth.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

I'll dabble here and there in different forms of the art,
but the label has me locked down like a slave so,
of course, I'll be doing albums during this time.
- Erykah Badu

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually
listening to what another has to say.
- Bryant H. McGill

More people are exposed to movies than to most other forms of art.
- Richard King

Miles Davis was doing something inherently African,
something that has to do with all forms of American music,
not just jazz.
- Cassandra Wilson

The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose,
and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel,
the most anarchical of all forms of literature.
- George Orwell

It does not do to use it with forms whose origin is
intimately bound up with a specific material simply
because no technical difficulties stand in the way.
- Adolf Loos

Today's Islamic fundamentalism is also a cover for political motifs.
We should not overlook the political motifs we encounter
in forms of religious fanaticism.
- Jurgen Habermas

Our capacity to retaliate must be, and is,
massive in order to deter all forms of aggression.
- John Foster Dulles

Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms
a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything
needed for its fulfillment.
- Robert Collier

But we will lose the millions of records being created
daily in a dizzying array of electronic forms unless
we find a way to preserve and keep them accessible indefinitely.
- Allen Weinstein

There is no such thing as death.
In nature nothing dies.
From each sad remnant of decay, some forms of life
arise so shall his life be taken away before he knoweth that he hath it.
- Charles Mackay

You should not see the desert simply as some faraway place of little rain.
There are many forms of thirst.
- William Langewiesche

Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of
discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be
eliminated without changing culture.
- Charlotte Bunch

Be noble minded!
Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us,
forms our true honor.
- Friedrich Schiller

And, consequently, the art of propaganda or public
information becomes one of the most powerful forms
of directive statesmanship.
- John Grierson

To demonstrate this simultaneity is by no means trivial,
because it may for example happen that the product
nucleus always forms in an activated state at first.
- Walther Bothe

I am a great lover of art, in many forms:
paintings,
objets, textiles.
I don't have the talent for painting,
but I have a very good sense of colour,
a love of visual beauty.
- Jacqueline Bisset

The greatest man is he who forms the taste of a nation;
the next greatest is he who corrupts it.
- Joshua Reynolds

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means,
and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
- Aristotle

Nevertheless, the basic forms, spaces,
and appearances must be logical.
- Kenzo Tange

I believe, as Lenin said, that this revolutionary chaos
may yet crystallize into new forms of life.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

God leaves to Man the choice of Forms in Government;
and those who constitute one Form,
may abrogate it.
- Algernon Sydney

Mankind are more disposed to suffer,
while evils are sufferable,
than to right themselves by abolishing
the forms to which they are accustomed.
- Thomas Jefferson

But for 30 years, Orthodox leaders have tipped the
balance between hawks and doves,
and have been in a position to determine who forms
a coalition and who runs the country.
- Amos Oz

Religion can emerge in all forms of feeling:
here wild anger,
there the sweetest pain; here consuming hatred,
there the childlike smile of serene humility.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

A degree of lying - you know, white lies -
seems to be inherent in all languages and all forms of communication.
- Matthew Lesko

Artists of many diverse types began using simple forms to their own ends.
- Sol LeWitt


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