"Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Rebecca West 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."Rebecca West on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Rebecca West on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Rebecca West on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Rebecca West on Oscar Wilde
"A strong hatred is the best lamp to bear in our hands as we go over the dark places of life, cutting away the dead things men tell us to revere."
"Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person's mind."
"There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between those on the hither and thither side of vital experience."
"It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of skunk."
"There is no logical reason why the camel of great art should pass through the needle of mob intelligence."