The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.
To suffer is better than to do evil; and the art of rhetoric is described as only useful for the purpose of self-accusation.
All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature.
The production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet.
The deficiencies of nature are what art and education seek to fill up.
Every art, and every science reduced to a teachable form, and in like manner every action and moral choice, aims, it is thought, at some good: for which reason a common and by no means a bad description of the Chief Good is, that which all things aim at.
The noble things and the just things, which the political art examines, admit of much dispute and variability, such that they are held to exist by law alone and not by nature.
Again, it is harder to fight with pleasure than with anger, to use Heraclitus’ phrase, but both art and virtue are always concerned with what is harder.
We learn an art or craft by doing the things that we shall have to do when we have learnt it.
Nevertheless, some men turn every quality or art into a means of making money; this they conceive to be the end, and to the promotion of the end all things must contribute.