In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong honor that try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.
We were not sent into this world to do anything into which we can not put our heart.
Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
Taste is not only a part and index of morality, it is the only morality. The first, and last, and closest trial question to any living creature is What do you like Tell me what you like, I'll tell you what you are.
I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility.
Quality is never an accident it is always the result of intelligent effort.
This is the true nature of home it is the place of Peace the shelter, not only from injury, but from all terror, doubt and division.
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.
In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.
No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
It is written on the arched sky It looks out from every star It is the poetry of Nature It is that which uplifts the spirit within us.
The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscriptsthe book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history, how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears
There is hardly anything in the world that some man can't make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.
No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.
Architecture is the work of nations
Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art
All that is good in art is the expression of one soul talking to another; and is precious according to the greatness of the soul that utters it
Great art is precisely that which never was, nor will be taught, it is preeminently and finally the expression of the spirits of great men
No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change