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all art is quite useless

"The artist is the creator of beautiful things.

To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim.

Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.

They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.

The artist can express everything.

Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art.

Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art.

All art is at once surface and symbol.

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.

Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.

 

We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.

 

All art is quite useless."

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The Portrait of Dorian Gray - Preface OSCAR WILDE

www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/dorgray/preface.htm

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Taken on August 24, 2009