Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.
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- All art is quite useless.
- In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other.
- No great artist ever sees things as they really are, if he did he would cease to be an artist.
- Bad artists always admire each other’s work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions other than those he has selected.
- The mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-?-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.
- The mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel. It is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression.