"Life is not an exact science, it is an art."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Samuel Butler 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."Samuel Butler on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Samuel Butler on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Samuel Butler on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Samuel Butler on Oscar Wilde
"Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself."
"The history of art is the history of revivals."
"Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises."
"The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money."
"The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger, but we care less about it."