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Art always serves beauty, and beauty is the joy of possessing form, and form is the key to organic life since no living thing can exist without it.

Doctor Zhivago
The sole substitute for an experience we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature.
Making music, dancing, the theater, conversation, proper and urbane deportment, these were cultivated here as particular arts. It was not the military, nor the political, nor the commercial, that was predominant in the life of the individual and of the masses.

The World of Yesterday
Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring.

For masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.

A Room of One's Own
Art teaches nothing except the significance of life.
It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
Art was the very antithesis of crass moralism.

Status Anxiety
In a secularising world, art has replaced religion as a touchstone of our reverence and devotion.

Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."