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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.


Ancient art is plastic; modern, pictorial.

Formerly it was the fashion to preach the natural; now it is the ideal.

Portraiture is the basis and the touchstone of historic painting.

The poetry of the ancients was that of possession, ours is that of aspiration; the former stands fast on the soil of the present, the latter hovers between memory and anticipation.

The thinker requires exactly the same light as the painter, clear, without direct sunshine, or blinding reflection, and, where possible, from above.

There is no more potent antidote to low sensuality than the adoration of beauty.