I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
Art happens no hovel is safe from it, no Prince may depend upon it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about, and puny efforts to make it universal end in quaint comedy, and coarse farce
The rare few, who, early in life have rid themselves of the friendship of the many
To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano
The vast majority of English folk cannot and will not consider a picture as a picture, apart from any story which it may be supposed to tell
Work alone will efface the footsteps of work
If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible.
It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait.