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Joshua Reynolds Quotes and Sayings

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Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a
new combination of those images which have been previously
gathered and deposited in the memory;
nothing can come of nothing.
- Joshua Reynolds

It is but a poor eloquence which only shows that the orator can talk.
- Joshua Reynolds

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

Words should be employed as the means,
not the end; language is the instrument,
conviction is the work.
- Joshua Reynolds

 

Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers.
- Joshua Reynolds

A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.
- Joshua Reynolds

If you have great talents, industry will improve them:
if you have but moderate abilities,
industry will supply their deficiency.
- Joshua Reynolds

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All the gestures of children are graceful;
the reign of distortion and unnatural attitudes commences
with the introduction of the dancing master.
- Joshua Reynolds

Could we teach taste or genius by rules,
they would be no longer taste and genius.
- Joshua Reynolds

The value and rank of every art is in proportion to
the mental labor employed in it,
or the mental pleasure in producing it.
- Joshua Reynolds

A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.
- Joshua Reynolds

The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
- Joshua Reynolds

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

Necessity is the mother of invention.
- Proverb

The River of Life has no meaning, no good, no bad,
no better, no worse, no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS. There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River just flows. The River is the source of all nourishment -
the source of all obstacles.
The River is the source of all life - the source of all death.
The River is the source of all joy - and the source of all sorrow.
Yet the River has no joy - and the River has no sorrow.
The River is just the River.
One can flow harmoniously with the River -
or one can struggle fearfully against the River -
and the River just flows.
One can accept the River - or one can deny the River -
and the River just flows.
One can worship the River of Life - or one can curse the River of Life -
and the River just flows. There is nothing to do - and the River flows.
There is nothing to say - and the River flows.
There is nothing to think - and the River flows.
There is nothing to feel - and the River flows.
The River flows - and all else is our drama.
The River flows - and all else is our invention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

What makes photography a strange invention is that
its primary raw materials are light and time.
- John Berger

Human subtlety will never devise an invention
more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature,
because in her inventions nothing is lacking,
and nothing is superfluous.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates
some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.
- Ambrose Bierce

The Internet is the most important single development
in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting.
- Dave Barry

I've got a new invention.
It's a revolving bowl for tired goldfish.
- Lefty Gomez

I happen to think that computers are the most important
thing to happen to musicians since the invention of
cat-gut which was a long time ago.
- Robert Moog

Marriage is a wonderful invention: then again,
so is a bicycle repair kit.
- Billy Connolly

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

Mothers are the necessity of invention.
- Bill Watterson

It is an invention of the devil, an infernal falsity
for the destruction of all Christianity.
- Michael Servetus

What we were in on, really, was the invention of animation.
- Marc Davis

Any change in form produces a fear of change,
and that has accelerated.
Marketing is the death of invention,
because marketing deals with the familiar.
- Nicolas Roeg

I'm an inventor.
I became interested in long-term trends because an
invention has to make sense in the world in which it is finished,
not the world in which it is started.
- Ray Kurzweil

In our day the conventional element in literature is
elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending
that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.
- Northrop Frye

But thanks to my invention, my capitalist friends and
I were able to bring the government to its knees.
- Erno Rubik

The market is not an invention of capitalism.
It has existed for centuries.
It is an invention of civilization.
- Mikhail Gorbachev

As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are:
melodic improvisation,
melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality.
- Mose Allison

Invention, it must be humbly admitted,
does not consist in creating out of voice,
but out of chaos.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

This play is truly a great invention,
and we're having a great time doing it eight times a week.
- Bill Irwin

Only in men's imagination does every truth find an
effective and undeniable existence.
Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
- Joseph Conrad

Feminine virtue is nothing but a convenient masculine invention.
- Ninon de Lenclos

None of my neighbors believe in what I say.
They refuse to wear the rings.
They will never accept my invention until the day they die.
That's what I call the real antichrists.
- Alex Chiu

Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing.
It didn't change people's habits.
It just kept them inside the house.
- Alfred Hitchcock

As the archeology of our thought easily shows,
man is an invention of recent date.
And one perhaps nearing its end.
- Michel Foucault

Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls.
Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.
- Jonathan Swift

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention.
Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness,
possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble.
- Agatha Christie

There are events which are so great that if a writer
has participated in them his obligation is to write
truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.
- Ernest Hemingway

Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained
in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your home.
- David Frost

Television has some lovely aspects to it -
and some ghastly aspects -
but the theater itself was a wonderful invention.
- Patrick Macnee

The European Union is the world's most successful invention for advancing peace.
- John Bruton

All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition,
all observation is also invention.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.
- Jonathan Swift

Never keep a line of retreat: it is a wretched invention.
- Fridtjof Nansen

Destiny is the invention of the cowardly,
and the resigned.
- Ignazio Silone

One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though
admittedly the most outrageous liar.
Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.
- Henry Miller

There is not less wit nor less invention in applying
rightly a thought one finds in a book,
than in being the first author of that thought.
- Pierre Bayle

It's a non-stop invention, this game of life,
and as soon as you think you've got it,
you lose it.
- Tim Finn

A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly
brings us back to essentials:
it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
- Emile M. Cioran

Music is not man's invention, but his heritage from the blessed spirits.
- Tomas Luis de Victoria

The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers
of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt.
- Henry George

There is nothing to do - and the River flows.
There is nothing to say - and the River flows.
There is nothing to think - and the River flows.
There is nothing to feel - and the River flows.
The River flows - and all else is our drama.
The River flows - and all else is our invention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The invention of Bob Dylan with his guitar belongs
in its way to the same kind of tradition of something meant to be heard,
as the songs of Homer.
- Robert Fitzgerald

Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail,
the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution.
- Theophile Gautier

Necessity may well be called the mother of invention
but calamity is the test of integrity.
- Samuel Richardson

The invention of basketball was not an accident.
It was developed to meet a need.
Those boys simply would not play 'Drop the Handkerchief.'
- James Naismith

And the invention of transformations of certain figures
has become the most important in musical composition.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty,
and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as
a writer enjoys providing one.
- Walter Jon Williams

I didn't say my invention is better,
nor did I say other stuff does not work.
- Alex Chiu

I've never had plastic surgery, but if they made a
new invention for making people taller,
I'd be the first to have the surgery.
- Alanna Ubach

I said I have no powers of invention.
Well, I also have no powers of mimicry.
- Norman MacCaig

The concept of war crimes is an American invention.
- George Wald

I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing;
it's not a western invention.
- Garry Kasparov

Invention consists in avoiding the constructing of
useless contraptions and in constructing the useful
combinations which are in infinite minority.
- Henri Poincare

Painting is not for me either decorative amusement,
or the plastic invention of felt reality;
it must be every time: invention,
discovery, revelation.
- Max Ernst

Man's survival, from the time of Adam and Eve until
the invention of agriculture,
must have been precarious because of his inability
to ensure his food supply.
- Norman Borlaug


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