— Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892
— Daniel Levitin American psychologist 1957
Context: When a musical piece is too simple we tend not to like it, finding it trivial. When it is too complex, we tend not to like it, finding it unpredictable—we don't perceive it to be grounded in anything familiar. Music, or any art form... has to strike the right balance between simplicity and complexity...
„The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides.“
— Artur Schnabel Austrian pianist 1882 - 1951
Quoted in the Chicago Daily News, June 11, 1958.
„Note too that a faithful study of the liberal arts humanizes character and permits it not to be cruel.“
— Ovid Roman poet -43 - 17 př. n. l.
II, ix, 47
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
Context: Let echo, too, perform her part, Prolonging every note with art; And in a low expiring strain, Play all the concert o'er again. Ode for St. Cecilia's Day (1699), st. 4.
„Dadaism has launched an attack on the fine arts. It has declared art to be a magic opening of the bowels, administered an enema to the Venus of Milo, and finally enabled 'Laocoon and Sons' to ease themselves after a thousand-year struggle with the rattlesnake. Dadaism has reduced positive and negative to utter nonsense. It has been destructive in order to achieve indifference.“
— Hans Arp Alsatian, sculptor, painter, poet and abstract artist 1886 - 1966
In: Isms in Art, (Hans Arp and El Lissitzky, The isms of art, 1924), published in 1925
„To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.“
— Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973
„Fundamental to this idea of art (conceptual art) is the understanding of the linguistic nature of all art propositions, be they past or present, and regardless of the elements used in their construction. (note: Without this understanding a 'conceptual' form of presentation is little more than a manufactured stylehood, and such art we have with increasing abundance.)“
— Joseph Kosuth American conceptual artist 1945
'Joseph Kosuth: Introductory note by the American editor', in Art-Language Vol.1 Nr.2, Art & Language Press, Chipping Norton (February 1970), p.3.
„A winning wave, deserving note,
In the tempestuous petticoat,
A careless shoestring, in whose tie
I see a wild civility,
Do more bewitch me than when art
Is too precise in every part.“
— Robert Herrick 17th-century English poet and cleric 1591 - 1674
"Delight in Disorder".
„Art has not the celestial and universal value that people like to attribute to it. Life is far more interesting. Dada knows the correct measure that should be given to art: with subtle, perfidious methods, Dada introduces it into daily life. And vice versa. In art, Dada reduces everything to an initial simplicity, growing always more relative. It mingles its caprices with the chaotic wind of creation and the barbaric dances of savage tribes. It wants logic reduced to a personal minimum.“
— Tristan Tzara Romanian and French avant-garde poet, essayist and performance artist 1896 - 1963
„Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.“
— Eric Temple Bell mathematician and science fiction author born in Scotland who lived in the United States for most of his life 1883 - 1960
As quoted in 777 Mathematical Conversation Starters http://books.google.co.in/books?id=JNbKURWmODkC&pg=PA172 (2002) by John de Pillis, p. 172
„That's how it is
One day two paintings were hanging,
Right opposite each other
Really colorful and beautiful the one
And the other simple and honest
* That simplicity and truth are the characteristics
of science and of art.
Well, people can not understand that.
It was to the tinsel that they gave their favor. (translation from the original Dutch: Fons Heijnsbroek)“
— Jozef Israëls Dutch painter 1824 - 1911
version in original Dutch (kort gedicht van Jozef Israëls, in het Nederlands): Zoo is het Er hingen eens twee schilderijen, Juist vlak tegenover elkaar Regt kleurig en schitterend de eene En d'ander eenvoudig en waar ** Dat eenvoud en waarheid het kenmerk Van wetenschap is en van kunst Och, dat kan het volk niet begrijpen En [aan] 't klatergoud schonk het zijn gunst. A short poem of Israëls, written in his letter from The Hague, 13 Dec. 1876 to art-seller Pilgeram & Lefèvre in London; from collection of Fondation Custodia, Institut Neérlandais Paris, input no. 1971-A 506
„Every work of art is aggressive, Isabella. And every artist's life is a small war or a large one, beginning with oneself and one's limitations. To achieve anything you must first have ambition and then talent, knowledge, and finally the opportunity.“
— Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game
— James Thurber American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright 1894 - 1961