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Alfred de Vigny Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alfred de Vigny.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
- Arne Jacobsen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wherever art appears, life disappears.
- Robert Motherwell

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

Be slow to fall into friendship;
but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
- Socrates

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
- Ambrose Bierce

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

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

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

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

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
- Paul Gauguin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux

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

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

Love isn't an emotion or an instinct - it's an art.
- Mae West

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

Take time today to appreciate beauty -
natural beauty, art, people.
Slow down, breathe deeply, smile.
It's a beautiful world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

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

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

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

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

Great art picks up where nature ends.
- Marc Chagall

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

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

Art is science made clear.
- Wilson Mizner

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

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome.
No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
- Andre Gide


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