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Please don't make the mistake of thinking the arts and sciences are at odds with one another. That is a recent, stupid, and damaging idea. You don't have to be unscientific to make beautiful art, to write beautiful things.

If you need proof: Twain, Adams, Vonnegut, McEwen, Sagan, Shakespeare, Dickens. For a start.

You don't need to be superstitious to be a poet. You don't need to hate GM technology to care about the beauty of the planet. You don't have to claim a soul to promote compassion.

Science is not a body of knowledge nor a system of belief; it is just a term which describes humankind's incremental acquisition of understanding through observation. Science is awesome.

 - Tim Minchin

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AristotleThe aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

 - Aristotle

Tags:   appearance  art  

Frank Lloyd WrightI'm no teacher. Never wanted to teach and don't believe in teaching an art. Science yes, business of course..but an art cannot be taught. You can only inculcate it, you can be an exemplar, you can create an atmosphere in which it can grow. Well I suppose I, being an exemplar, could be called a teacher, in spite of myself. So go ahead, call me a teacher.

 - Frank Lloyd Wright

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Carl JungWithout this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.

 - Carl Jung

Tags:   art  creativity  fantasy  imagination  

Oscar WildeThe mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel, it is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression.

 - Oscar Wilde

Tags:   acting  art  expression  instinct  teaching  

Joss WhedonAll worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn't your pet -- it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.

 - Joss Whedon

Tags:   art  interpretation  

Richard FeynmanNo government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literary or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race.

 - Richard Feynman

Tags:   art  freedom  government  history  philosophy  religion  science  

Garry KasparovHaving spent a lifetime analyzing the game of chess and comparing the capacity of computers to the capacity of the human brain, I've often wondered, where does our success come from? The answer is synthesis, the ability to combine creativity and calculation, art and science, into a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts. Chess is a unique cognitive nexus, a place where art and science come together in the human mind, and are then refined and improved by experience.

 - Garry Kasparov

Tags:   art  calculation  chess  creativity  science  synthesis  

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, As those move easiest who have learned to dance.

 - Alexander Pope

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Thomas JeffersonAs we double our numbers every twenty years, we must double our houses. Besides, we build of such perishable materials, that one half of our houses must be rebuilt in every space of twenty years, so that in that time, houses are to he built for three-fourths of our inhabitants. It is, then, among the most important arts: and it is desirable to introduce taste into an art which shows so much.

 - Thomas Jefferson

Tags:   architecture  art  houses  

Plutarch  As in the case of painters, who have undertaken to give us a beautiful and graceful figure, which may have some slight blemishes, we do not wish them to pass over such blemishes altogether, nor yet to mark them too prominently. The one would spoil the beauty, and the other destroy the likeness of the picture.

 - Plutarch

Tags:   art  beauty  painters  

David HumeArt may make a suit of clothes; but nature must produce a man.

 - David Hume

Tags:   art  nature  

David HumeIt is a great mortification to the vanity of man that his utmost art and industry can never equal the meanest of Nature's productions, either for beauty or value. Art is only the underworkman, and is employed to give a few strokes of embellishment to those pieces which come from the hand of the master.

 - David Hume

Tags:   art  beauty  nature  value  

Michel de MontaigneArts and sciences are not cast in a mould, but are found and perfected by degrees, by often handling and polishing, as bears leisurely lick their cubs into shape.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Tags:   art  perfection  science  

Joseph AddisonThere is sometimes a greater judgement shewn in deviating from the rules of art, than in adhering to them; and...there is more beauty in the works of a great genius who is ignorant of all the rules of art, than in the works of a little genius, who not only knows but scrupulously observes them.

 - Joseph Addison

Tags:   art  creativity  deviation  

Saul BellowArt has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm...an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.

 - Saul Bellow

Tags:   art  attention  chaos  distraction  

Albert EinsteinI am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

 - Albert Einstein

Tags:   art  imagination  knowledge  

David CronenbergI think of horror films as art, as films of confrontation. Films that make you confront aspects of your own life that are difficult to face. Just because you are making a horror film doesn't mean you can't make an artful film.

 - David Cronenberg

Tags:   art  confrontation  fear  horror  movies  

David CronenbergAs a citizen, of course. As a parent, of course. But as an artist, that's where the paradox is -- your responsibility is to be irresponsible. As soon as you talk about political or social responsibility, you've amputated the best limbs you've got as an artist.

 - David Cronenberg

Tags:   art  responsibiity  

David CronenbergFor me, it's a full, full experience to make a movie. It takes a lot of time, and I want there to be a lot of stuff in it. You're looking for every shot in the movie to have resonance and want it to be something you can see a second time, and then I'd like it to be something you can see 10 years later, and it becomes a different movie, because you're a different person. So that means I want it to be deep, not in a pretentious way, but I guess I can say I am pretentious in that I pretend. I have aspirations that the movie should trigger off a lot of complex responses.

 - David Cronenberg

Tags:   art  entertainment  movies  

Leo TolstoyTo say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it.

 - Leo Tolstoy

Tags:   art  comprehension