For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.
Let each man exercise the art he knows.
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
Art is not for the cultivated taste. It is to cultivate taste.
The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.
What we want from art is whatever is missing from the lives we are already living and making. Something is always missing, and so art-making is endless.
Intolerance respecting other people’s religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people’s art.
Life is the only art that we are required to practice without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures and botches, that are essential for training.
Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw.