Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts – as the one which, more than any other, ministers to the human spirit
No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
Books to judicious compilers, are useful; to particular arts and professions, they are absolutely necessary; to men of real science, they are tools: but more are tools to them.
Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life, there is actually no truth to be discovered; there is only error to be exposed.
The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.
There are certain figures in the arts who, although minor in accomplishment and equivocal in their aesthetic influence, are so completely representative of the spirit of their age that they come to occupy a historical position far greater than the in.