"All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Walter Pater 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."Walter Pater on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Walter Pater on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Walter Pater on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Walter Pater on Oscar Wilde
"Not to discriminate every moment some passionate attitude in those about us, and in the very brilliancy of their gifts some tragic dividing on their ways, is, on this short day of frost and sun, to sleep before evening."
"Many attempts have been made by writers on art and poetry to define beauty in the abstract, to express it in the most general terms, to find some universal formula for it."
"Such discussions help us very little to enjoy what has been well done in art or poetry, to discriminate between what is more and what is less excellent in them, or to use words like beauty, excellence, art, poetry, with a more precise meaning than they would otherwise have."
"What is important, then, is not that the critic should possess a correct abstract definition of beauty for the intellect, but a certain kind of temperament, the power of being deeply moved by the presence of beautiful objects."
"One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that in the sixth book of Confessions, where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense. Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most."