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C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.

Pictures (See Paintings)

The beauty of the picture is an abiding concrete of the painter’s vision.

Hartley Coleridge.

All really great pictures exhibit the general habits of nature, manifested in some peculiar, rare, and beautiful way.


Whosoever loves not picture is injurious to truth, and all the wisdom of poetry. Picture is the invention of heaven, the most ancient and most akin to nature. It is itself a silent work, and always one and the same habit.

Ben Jonson.

No picture can be good which deceives by its imitation, for the very reason that nothing can be beautiful which is not true.