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.
To so enter into it in nature and art that the enjoyed meanings of life may become a part of living is the attitude of aesthetic appreciation.
Most Glorious and eternal Majesty, Thou art righteous and holy in all thou dost to the sons of men, though thou hast suffered men to condemn Thy servant, Thy servant will not condemn Thee.
Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.