Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
He that has truth in his heart need never fear the want of persuasion on his tongue
To speak and act truth with constancy and precision is nearly as difficult, and perhaps as meretorious, as to speak it under intimidation or penalty
He who has truth at his heart need never fear the want of persuasion on his tongue.
It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.
There is never vulgarity in a whole truth, however commonplace. It may be unimportant or painful. It cannot be vulgar. Vulgarity is only in concealment of truth, or in affectation.
He who has the truth at his heart need never fear the want of persuasion on his tongue.
Expression, sentiment, truth to nature, are essential: but all those are not enough. I never care to look at a picture again, if it be ill composed; and if well composed I can hardly leave off looking at it.