ana.words, art is quite useless

ana.words, art is quite useless
13. Juni 1999 michael
In Allgemein
Dorian Gray - THE PREFACE

THE artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art
and conceal the artist is art's aim.

The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a
new material his impression of beautiful things.

The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of
autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful
things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.

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

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books
are well written, or badly written. That is all.

The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of
Caliban seeing his own face in a glass.

The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of
Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass.

The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of
the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect
use of an imperfect medium. No artist desires to prove
anything. Even things that are true can be proved.

No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an
artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.

No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything.

Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an

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

>From the point of view of form, the type of all the arts is
the art of the musician.

>From the point of view of feeling, the actor's craft is the

All art is at once surface and symbol.

Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.

Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.

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.

When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself.

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.

by oscar wilde

submitted by gunnar

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ana.words lebt vom mitmachen:
   schreib doch auch mal was, irgendwas was
   die welt nicht braucht, was zum schreien!
   und denken
   und schreib es doch einfach.
   oder tipp etwas ab. ganz banal abtippen.klauen
   wir werden es auf alle faelle lesen 
   und sicherlich versenden

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