"Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Charles Horton Cooley on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Charles Horton Cooley on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Charles Horton Cooley on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Charles Horton Cooley on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Charles Horton Cooley on Oscar Wilde
"An artist cannot fail it is a success to be one."
"Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God."
"Institutions - government, churches, industries, and the like - have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction."
"So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not its absence but the use of higher and more rational forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational."
"Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy, attributable to the same causes as the freedom."