I don’t buy art anymore because today art is too cynical too much business and I shall buy art when art shall come back to its duty of politics and honesty and real creativity and not marketing.
Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
The great end of art is to strike the imagination with the power of a soul that refuses to admit defeat even in the midst of a collapsing world.
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
It takes two to make a very great career; the man who is great, and the man – almost rarer – who is great enough to see greatness and say so.
No matter what you are told by the sophisticated classes that see virtue in every form of corruption and corruption in every form of virtue, I think you know, as do I, that the American people hunger for acts of integrity and courage.
The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.
Since men are strangely inclined to worship what they do not understand – a grand secret, upon which several imposers on mankind have totally relied for the success of their frauds.
It is not easy to be a creator at the higher levels, and at the highest, it is often agony. All creators agree that it is a painful and often terrifying experience, to be endured rather than relished, and preferable only to not being a creator at all.
I like to feel that a writer is perfectly cool and detached, regarding other people’s feelings or his own, like a God who has got beyond them.