It does not matter how badly you paint so long as you don't paint badly like other people.
Injustice we worship; all that lifts us out of the miseries of life is the sublime fruit of injustice. Every immortal deed was an act of fearful injustice; the world of grandeur, of triumph, of courage, of lofty aspiration, was built up on injustice. Man would not be man but for injustice.
The difficulty in life is the choice.
Art must be parochial in the beginning to be cosmopolitan in the end.
Acting is therefore the lowest of the arts, if it is an art at all.
The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it... you and you alone make me feel that I am alive... Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.
Self is man's main business; all outside of self is uncertain, all comes from self, all returns to self.
Terrible is the day when each sees his soul naked, stripped of all veil; that dear soul which he cannot change or discard, and which is so irreparably his.
A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
Taking something from one man and making it worse is plagiarism.
The world is dying of machinery; that is the great disease, that is the plague that will sweep away and destroy civilization; man will have to rise against it sooner or later.
The public will accept a masterpiece, but it will not accept an attempt to write a masterpiece.
We humans are more complicated than animals, and we love through the imagination.
Faith goes out of the window when beauty comes in at the door.