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Art & Artists

And so, every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~Henry Ward Beecher

To encourage Literature & the Arts, is a duty which every good Citizen owes to his Country... ~George Washington, 1784

Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization. ~Lincoln Steffens, as quoted in Forbes, 1944

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. ~Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah: A Metabiological Pentateuch, 1921

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. ~Twyla Tharp

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move. ~William Faulkner, interview with Jean Stein, Paris Review, 1956

Art, true art, is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in. Great emotion always tends to become rhythmic, and out of that tendency the forms of art have been evolved. Art becomes artificial only when the forms take precedence over the emotion. ~Amy Lowell, "Edwin Arlington Robinson," 1917

Art consists of exhibiting one's inhibitions. ~Jacques Deval (1890–1972), Afin de vivre bel et bien, 1970

      As nothing that is most beautiful in Nature — flowers, sunrise, sunset, the twilight, and the dawn — remains unchanged, there comes into the hearts of men and women an irresistible longing to make eternal that which is so exquisitely, but alas! so transiently beautiful. Out of that longing, arise Poetry and Art.
      To catch and to fix on canvas or in clay the lovely lines of womanhood, the supple strength of manhood; to make articulate in music the passionate love which is too deep and too sacred for speech; to stay the season at perpetual summer by a sentence, a bird on the wing by a word, to arch, with the illimitable rainbow, a single line of a song, and thereby to immortalize a moment; — to do this, and so to serve their fellows by compelling something of the elusive and fleeting but Eternal Beauty to abide, is Art. ~Coulson Kernahan, "Jottings from a Nature-Lover's Note-Book: Nature and Art," Begging the Moon's Pardon, 1930

To steal a moment from the sublime
And store it out of the reach of time
Is given perhaps to angels and saints
And lowly dabblers in pencils and paints.
~Robert Brault, Thoughts on Art & Artists, 2019,

Why should you think that beauty, which is the most precious thing in the world, lies like a stone on the beach for the careless passer-by to pick up idly? Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has made it, it is not given to all to know. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the artist. It is a melody that sings to you, and to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919 (Chapter XIX, spoken by the character Dirk Stroeve)

Why should you think that beauty is a stone on the beach, for any passerby to pick up? Beauty is something wonderful and strange, that the artist creates in torment, out of chaos. It isn't always easy to recognize at first. For that you must have knowledge, and sensitiveness, and imagination. ~W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965) and Albert Lewin, The Moon and Sixpence (film adaptation of Maugham's novel), 1942

Art is man's challenge to time, his rebuke to chaos; the protest will survive neither the triumph of fire, nor the finality of ice — but it is better than the silence of consent. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

...Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art. ~Oscar Wilde, "The Decay of Lying: A Dialogue," in The Nineteenth Century: A Monthly Review (London), January 1889 (Vivian)

Perfection in art, as often in life, is better captured by eraser than pencil. ~Robert Brault,

Of course, they did something for me, these three monuments. They impressed me by their massiveness and design, and made me feel small in the right way, and to make us feel small in the right way is the chief function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way. ~E.M. Forster, "A Book that Influenced Me," 1944  [The "monuments" to which he refers are Dante's Divine Comedy, Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and Tolstoy's War and Peace. —tg]

Life is to be learned as much from books and art as from life itself — almost more so, in my judgment. Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail. ~Theodore Dreiser, "Life, Art and America," 1917

We catch fugitive glimpses of beauty, and try to fix them forever in perfect form, — that is the task of art. We see thousands of disconnected facts, and try to arrange them in orderly sequence, — that is the task of science. We see the ongoing of eternal force, and seek some reason for it, — that is the task of philosophy. ~Samuel McChord Crothers, "The Mission of Humor," The Gentle Reader, 1903

Where do the artists get all their lovely creations? Does Nature pose for them? ~Rev. James H. Ecob, "Instantaneous Photographs," 1895

The multitude see as the old-fashioned camera used to see — a set, unwinking object. The artist sees like the instantaneous camera — every subtlest motion, every chance grouping of forms, every most fleeting hint of thought or feeling. ~Rev. James H. Ecob, "Instantaneous Photographs," 1895

He remembers how he glanced up and there was a chance combination of cloud-form and color that made his heart stand still. Heavens! If it could but wait!... But no, the aerial vision is on the wings of the wind... I am quite sure that this is Nature's method in giving us her rarest and best things. Her gifts are not fixed in cabinets, nor set in the glare of show windows; but when she gets us alone in some of her blessed solitudes and we are touched to harmony with her hidden life, the pressure of an invisible hand stops us, and there is a whisper to the spirit, "Do you see that? Do you hear that?" ~Rev. James H. Ecob, "Instantaneous Photographs," 1895

...every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul. ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890

I now require this of all pictures, that they domesticate me, not that they dazzle me. Pictures must not be too picturesque. Nothing astonishes men so much as common-sense and plain dealing. All great actions have been simple, and all great pictures are. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Art"

Art holds fast when all else is lost. ~German proverb

The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent. The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist. ~Robert Brault,

Artistically considered, it reminds us of the main principle of art, the principle which is in most danger of being forgotten in our time. I mean the fact that art consists of limitation; the fact that art is limitation... The most artistic thing about the theatrical art is the fact that the spectator looks at the whole thing through a window... Has not every one noticed how sweet and startling any landscape looks when seen through an arch? This strong, square shape, this shutting off of everything else is not only an assistance to beauty; it is the essential of beauty. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame. ~G.K. Chesterton, "The Toy Theatre," Tremendous Trifles, 1909

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer. ~Terri Guillemets, journal, 1996

What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit. ~John Updike, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1984

There is something ghostly in all great art. ~Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904)  [a.k.a. Koizumi Yakumo —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. ~Oscar Wilde

Once an airy fairy painter painted in the dawn and dew,
Painted in the sultry noontide, painted all the summer through:
Flowers and fields and wondrous woodlands, skies at sunrise and sunset—
And, as true as fairy stories, he is painting somewhere yet!
~"A Little Painter," Wide Awake, August 1885

The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality. ~T.S. Eliot, "Tradition and the Individual Talent"

Poetry is art with words and art is poetry without words. ~Quoted in the Moralia of Plutarch as an "oft-repeated saying"  [Loeb, 1927: "poetry is articulate painting, and painting is inarticulate poetry" —tg]

The painter puts brush to canvas, and the poet puts pen to paper. The poet has the easier task, for his pen does not alter his rhyme. ~Robert Brault,

God and other artists are always a little obscure. ~Oscar Wilde

Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness. ~George Jean Nathan, The House of Satan, 1926

Only an artist with a part of God in him can see beauty in the commonplaces of life. The rest merely mark time until they die. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

You know we poor artists have to show ourselves in society from time to time, just to remind the public that we are not savages. ~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890

Sometimes, to pursue a new idea, the artist must forfeit his deposit on an old idea. ~Robert Brault,

Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life. ~Jean Paul (1763–1825)

[W]hat was any art but an effort to make a sheath, a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself, — life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose? ~Willa Sibert Cather

Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men. ~Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805)

The artist's talent sits uneasy as an object of public acclaim, having been so long an object of private despair. ~Robert Brault,

To us, who live in the nineteenth century, any century is a suitable subject for art except our own. The only beautiful things are things that do not concern us. ~Oscar Wilde, "The Decay of Lying: A Dialogue," in The Nineteenth Century: A Monthly Review (London), January 1889 (Vivian)

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things. ~Pablo Picasso

Every artist's illimitable country is himself. ~E.E. Cummings, 1945

Art doesn't have to matter to a lot of people to matter a lot. ~Jeb Dickerson, @JebDickerson

Let your imagination take you wherever you want to be. This piece of canvas truly is your world. ~Bob Ross, The Joy of Painting

Artistic truth is for me literally the highest truth: art may seize the essence of persons and movements no less truly, and certainly far more vitally, than a scientific generalization unifies a chaos of phenomena. Time and Space are only the conditions through which spiritual facts struggle. Hence I have here and there permitted myself liberties with these categories. ~Israel Zangwill, Dreamers of the Ghetto, "Preface," 1898

Artistry is an innate distrust of the theory of reality concocted by the five senses. ~Robert Brault,

I'll dip my brush into the sunrise, and the sunset, and the rainbow. ~Rudolf Besier, The Barretts of Wimpole Street: A Comedy in Three Acts, 1930 (Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett)

Vice and virtue are to the artist materials of his art. ~Oscar Wilde, Preface to Dorian Gray, 1890

The soul of the artist is oppressed by the atmosphere of the counting-house. ~Franz von Dingelstedt, Die Amazone: Novelle, 1869, translated from German by J.M. Hart

The artist heavy with throbbing visions
From cohabitation with life
And striving to unburden in fitting expression.
~Cave Outlaw (1900–1996), "Facets," Each Day, 1942

We perceive, in fact, that the only matter upon which any worker, other than the artist, can congratulate himself, whether he be manual-worker, brain-worker, surgeon, judge, or politician, is that he is helping to make the world tolerable for the artist. It is only the artist who will leave anything behind him. He is the fighting-man, the man who counts; the others are merely the Army Service Corps of civilization. ~A.A. Milne, "The Case for the Artist," c.1919  ["By an 'artist' I mean Shakespeare and Me and Bach and Myself and Velasquez and Phidias, and even You if you have ever written four lines on the sunset in somebody's album, or modelled a Noah's Ark for your little boy in plasticine." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul. ~W. Somerset Maugham

Art is the colors and textures of your imagination. ~Meghan, 7th grade, Los Cerros Middle School, Danville, California, posted by teacher Bunki Kramer to Getty ArtsEdNet, 1999

But Art is long, and their Time is short. ~Benjamin Franklin, "Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania," 1749

Alas, Art is long, and Life short! ~Benjamin Franklin, 1778

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "A Psalm of Life: What the Heart of the Young Man Said to the Psalmist," Voices of the Night, 1839

Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life. ~John Lubbock

Reflexes and instincts are not pretty. It is their decoration that initiates art. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

An art critic is someone who appreciates art, except for any particular piece of art. ~Robert Brault,

The first assumption of an art critic is that the artist meant to paint something else. ~Robert Brault,

Picasso is not our greatest painter, but he is our greatest artist. He's the great satyr art figure. His whole life is a work of art. ~Leonard Baskin (1922–2000)

Anyone who's making their living from their creativity, you're so emotionally attached to the process that it really does just eat you up completely. ~Hannah Aitchison, LA Ink (season 1, episode 6, original airdate 2007 September 11th)

...sometimes, for an artist chronic pain can be a gift. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Diary, 2003

Art is a way to let your spirit run wild. It flows through the trees. Art is the breeze, the flowers and the clouds. ~Grace, 6th grade, Los Cerros Middle School, Danville, California, posted by teacher Bunki Kramer to Getty ArtsEdNet, 1999

For, though to the true artist, no actual result can ever attain to the beauty of the first thought or ideal of the thing to be performed, there is always the consolation that if one's best and truest feeling has been earnestly put into the work, some touch, however slight, of that ideal beauty must remain. The poet's poem is never so fine as the poet's thought. ~Marie Corelli (Mary Mills Mackay)

I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say in any other way — things I had no words for. ~Georgia O'Keeffe

Painting is my escape from reality. I can literally create any kind of world that I want — with tranquility and peace. All my little animal friends, they all live right here with me. ~Bob Ross

The object of true art is to charm the imagintion... ~Henri Frédéric Amiel

I felt that these pictures had something to say to me that was very important for me to know, but I could not tell what it was.... They gave me an emotion that I could not analyse. They said something that words were powerless to utter. I fancy that Strickland saw vaguely some spiritual meaning in material things that was so strange that he could only suggest it with halting symbols. It was as though he found in the chaos of the universe a new pattern, and were attempting clumsily, with anguish of soul, to set it down. I saw a tormented spirit striving for the release of expression. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919

Art is the beautiful way of doing things. ~Elbert Hubbard, "Mary Elizabeth"

O, how much simpler things would be
If eyes could paint or brush could see.
~Robert Brault,

Then FINE ART is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together. ~John Ruskin, "The Unity of Art," 1859

Pretty much everything inspires me, and it doesn't have to be art specifically, it can just be life — it can just be an experience you have walking down the street, and seeing an old man cross the street and how it makes you feel emotionally. Art is just very emotionally driven for me. I like any art that has soul. ~Kim Saigh, LA Ink, "Kat's Back But Where Is Hannah?" (original airdate 2008 January 8th)

Doing art... anything creative, is just a spiritual thing to do. I almost feel like every comic strip I do is sort of a little prayer. And I really feel like the only thing real is love. ~Patrick McDonnell,, "Super Soul Short: Inside the Mind Behind Mutts," Super Soul Sunday (Oprah Winfrey Network), original airdate 2014 April 27th

Two little fairies skipped into a heart;
One was called Music, the other Art...
~John N. Pyke-Nott  [a little altered —tg]

I went to a museum where they had all the heads and arms from the statues that are in all the other museums. ~Steven Wright, A Steven Wright Special, 1985,

The Difference 'twixt Art and Trade is plain:
Art strives for Excellence and Trade for Gain.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Excellence," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

I want to reach that condensation of sensations that constitutes a picture. ~Henri Matisse

The best way to learn about art is to attach yourself to an artist. You've got to be in his studio, in his guts, in his hair, bothering him all the time. ~Leonard Baskin (1922–2000)

An artist makes visual the rhythms and arrhythmias of the universe. ~Terri Guillemets

Art is a memory put into lines that will last forever. ~Andy, 7th grade, Los Cerros Middle School, Danville, California, posted by teacher Bunki Kramer to Getty ArtsEdNet, 1999

What is abnormal in Life stands in normal relations to Art. It is the only thing in Life that stands in normal relations to Art. A subject that is beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist. It lacks imperfection. The only thing that the artist cannot see is the obvious. ~Oscar Wilde

We don't make mistakes — we just have happy accidents every once in a while. ~Bob Ross, The Joy of Painting

They're just marks on a paper. ~Howard Ikemoto (1939–2020)  [said to new students who were self-conscious about artmaking —tg]

There is no such thing as amateur art... You never yet made an artist by paying him well. ~Florence Nightingale

A painting is what you make of it, besides which, "Moon Weeping" has a better ring to it than "Paintbrush Dripping." ~Robert Brault, Thoughts on Art & Artists, 2019,

Art is a shadow of what a person is thinking… a small glimpse of what they hold inside. Little secrets, regrets, joys… every line has its own meaning. ~Sarah, 7th grade, Los Cerros Middle School, Danville, California, posted by teacher Bunki Kramer to Getty ArtsEdNet, 1999

Art is a kind of illness. ~Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)

Sometimes for an artist the only difference between insanity and genius is success. ~Edward Allen Bernero, Criminal Minds, "True Night" (season 3, episode 10), original airdate 2007 November 28th, spoken by the character Dr. Spencer Reid

What you often see in a lesser work of art is a subject captured perfectly and never set free. ~Robert Brault,

I do not think there are any two artists who agree on any one subject. ~F. Schuyler Mathews, "Comparative Colors and their Relation to Flowers," 1894

Art is like a flower. You start with a bud, then it starts to blossom and becomes a masterpiece. ~Eric, 7th grade, Los Cerros Middle School, Danville, California, posted by teacher Bunki Kramer to Getty ArtsEdNet, 1999

Over the fireplace is a vast mirror and an armless twisted nude in plaster, and further, to emphasise what Dolores considers the virile note, there are paintings of meaty young women in a state of frank self-exposure on the opposite wall. ~H. G. Wells, Apropos of Dolores, 1938

Artists talk to themselves on canvas, mumbling scattered colors of emotion. ~Terri Guillemets

[T]hey may even be saying that the meat and marrow of art, the painterly core, the life of the pigment, and the world of technique with which hands lay on that pigment are convertible to something other. The ambiguity of meaning in the twentieth century, the hollow in the heart of faith, has become such an obsessional hole that art may have to be converted into intellectual transactions. It is as if we are looking for stuff, any stuff with which to stuff the hole, and will convert every value into packing for this purpose.... Something rabid is loose in the century. Maybe we are not converting art into some comprehension of social process but rather are using art to choke the hole, as if society has become so hopeless, which is to say so twisted in knots of faithless ideological spaghetti, that the glee is in strangling the victims. ~Norman Mailer, c.1974  ["A drawing from Willem de Kooning erased by Robert Rauschenberg" —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

I am the canvas whereon may be painted
Shapes of strange beauty, — conceptions sublime, —
She a rare picture, — pure, beautiful, sainted,
Sketched by the Master, to live for all time.
~Florence Percy (Elizabeth Anne Chase Akers Allen, 1832–1911), "Two," Forest Buds, from the Woods of Maine, 1855

When painting, an artist must take care not to trap his soul in the canvas. ~Terri Guillemets

An artist must be careful not to throw his ideas out with the trash. ~Terri Guillemets

There is in every artist's studio a scrap heap of discarded works in which the artist's discipline prevailed against his imagination. ~Robert Brault,

CUBIST  A picture produced by an explosion in a paint factory. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Altogether New Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz, 1914

Picasso would give up cubism just to capture your curves. ~Konfal Blyther

If Michelangelo had been straight, the Sistine Chapel would have been painted basic white with a roller. ~Rita Mae Brown

My inspiration is art... because without art, we would just be stuck with reality. ~Daniel R. Lynch

Behind unfinished art cries an unfinished artist. ~Terri Guillemets

Art is an adventure that never seems to end. ~Jason, 8th grade, Los Cerros Middle School, Danville, California, posted by teacher Bunki Kramer to Getty ArtsEdNet, 1999

The artist gazes upon a reality and creates his own impression. The viewer gazes upon the impression and creates his own reality. ~Robert Brault,

...a bourgeois barrenness... depressingly alien from that dainty boudoir atmosphere of the artist-life she knew. ~Israel Zangwill, Dreamers of the Ghetto, "From a Mattress Grave," 1897

His soul palpitating with love of art... ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919  [referring to Dirk Stroeve —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Art is art, even when unsuccessful. ~Danish proverb

[I]t was a hymn to the beauty of the human form... and the praise of Nature, sublime, indifferent, lovely, and cruel. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919

Why should I paint dead fish, onions and beer glasses? Girls are so much prettier. ~Marie Laurencin (1883–1956)

Art is the triumph over chaos. ~John Cheever, c.1960

Art is pictures straight from the heart. ~Ben, 7th grade, Los Cerros Middle School, Danville, California, posted by teacher Bunki Kramer to Getty ArtsEdNet, 1999

A portrait has one advantage over its original: it is unconscious; and you may therefore admire without insulting it. I have seen portraits which have more. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

They tell you that the great painters mixed blood with their pigments. It is not true; the compound used was brains. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

Picasso is an artist, dear. Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid. ~Jules Feiffer, Crawling Arnold, 1961

Art is never didactic, does not take kindly to facts, is helpless to grapple with theories, and is killed outright by a sermon. ~Agnes Repplier

An artist cannot talk about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture. ~Jean Cocteau, 1955

Art and composition tolerate no conventional fetters: mind and soul soar above them. ~Joseph Haydn, 1779

Every child is an artist, with imagination and the artistic instinct. Life stamps these out... ~Percy Mackaye, 1915  []

It is for every normal human being to be an artist. It is his divine heritage, every child is an artist. Human society kills it in us before we reach maturity. ~Dudley Crafts Watson, 1918  []

[E]very child is an artist until he's told he's not an artist. ~John Lennon, 1969  []

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~Pablo Picasso, quoted in Time, 1976  []

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college — that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?" ~Howard Ikemoto (1939–2020), as quoted in David Bayles & Ted Orland, Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, 1993

One time I went to a museum where all the work in the museum had been done by children. They had all the paintings up on refrigerators. ~Steven Wright, A Steven Wright Special, 1985,

Art is your personal diary where you may color your thoughts and emotions on a page. A person can see what you are feeling when you do art. ~Sara, 6th grade, Los Cerros Middle School, Danville, California, posted by teacher Bunki Kramer to Getty ArtsEdNet, 1999

Grandeur is composed of straight lines.
Genteelness and elegance of serpentine lines.
~Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792), quoted by James Northcote, 1814

Architecture should be dedicated to keeping the outside out and the inside in. ~Leonard Baskin (1922–2000)

Good architecture lets nature in. ~Mario Pei (1901–1978)

It is curious how a man can stamp his personality upon earthly things. ~Christopher Morley

Art is more than pictures and designs. It is everything around us. We are God's art. ~Chris, 6th grade, Los Cerros Middle School, Danville, California, posted by teacher Bunki Kramer to Getty ArtsEdNet, 1999

Facts are not merely finding a footing in history, but they are usurping the domain of Fancy, and have invaded the kingdom of Romance. Their chilling touch is over everything. They are vulgarising mankind. The crude commercialism of America, its materialising spirit, its indifference to the poetical side of things, and its lack of imagination and of high, unattainable ideals, are entirely due to that country having adopting for its national hero, a man, who according to his own confession, was incapable of telling a lie, and it is not too much to say that the story of George Washington and the cherry-tree has done more harm, and in a shorter space of time, than any other moral tale in the whole of literature. ~Oscar Wilde, "The Decay of Lying: A Dialogue," in The Nineteenth Century: A Monthly Review (London), January 1889 (Vivian)

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