„Art would not be important if life were not important, and life is important.“
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
„The operation of the imagination in life is more significant than its operation in or in relation to works of art… in life what is important is the truth as it is, while in arts and letters what is important is truth as we see it.“
— Wallace Stevens American poet 1879 - 1955
The Necessary Angel (1951), Imagination as Value
„Why do we think that arts are leisure? Why isn't it arts and science or arts and the most important thing in your life?“
— Julie Taymor American film and theatre director 1952
Bill Moyers interview (2002), Context: I used to say that arts were talked about in the arts and leisure page. Now, why would it be arts and leisure? Why do we think that arts are leisure? Why isn't it arts and science or arts and the most important thing in your life? I think that art has become a big scarlet letter in our culture. It's a big "A." And it says, you are an elitist, you're effete, or whatever those things... do you know what I mean? It means you don't connect. And I don't believe that. I think we've patronized our audiences long enough. You can do things that would bring people to another place and still get someone on a very daily mundane moving level but you don't have to separate art from the masses.
— Vladimir Nabokov Russian-American novelist, lepidopterist, professor 1899 - 1977
— Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957
2010-, 2010, Osnos, Evan. “ It’s Not Beautiful: An Artist Takes On the System http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/05/24/100524fa_fact_osnos?currentPage=all.” New Yorker, May 24, 2010, 54–63.
„The most important thing in this world is liberty. More important than food or clothes — more important than gold or houses or lands — more important than art or science — more important than all religions, is the liberty of man.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
The trial of Charles B. Reynolds for blasphemy (1887), Context: I want you to understand what has been done in the world to force men to think alike. It seems to me that if there is some infinite being who wants us to think alike he would have made us alike. Why did he not do so? Why did he make your brain so that you could not by any possibility be a Methodist? Why did he make yours so that you could not be a Catholic? And why did he make the brain of another so that he is an unbeliever — why the brain of another so that he became a Mohammedan — if he wanted us all to believe alike? After all, maybe Nature is good enough and grand enough and broad enough to give us the diversity born of liberty. Maybe, after all, it would not be best for us all to be just the same. What a stupid world, if everybody said yes to everything that everybody else might say. The most important thing in this world is liberty. More important than food or clothes — more important than gold or houses or lands — more important than art or science — more important than all religions, is the liberty of man.
„The length of your education is less important than its breadth, and the length of your life is less important than its depth.“
— Marilyn vos Savant US American magazine columnist, author and lecturer 1946
As quoted in The Reader's Digest (1992) Vol. 140, p. 194
— Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993
In response to Joe Walsh on The Howard Stern Show (1987).
— Jeannette Walls, kniha Half Broke Horses
— Lev Landau Soviet physicist 1908 - 1968
Главное, делайте всё с увлечением, это страшно украшает жизнь. in a letter to his niece Maya Bessarab, as quoted by her in [Lev Landau, biography, Moscovskiy Rabochiy (Moscow Worker), 1971]
— Brian W. Aldiss, kniha Hothouse
Hothouse (1962), Chapter 5
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
— Nicholas Sparks American writer and novelist 1965
2000s, Three Weeks with My Brother (2004), Micah Sparks, Chapter 9, p. 132
— Alec Guinness English actor 1914 - 2000
A Positively Final Appearance (Penguin, 1999), 3rd hardback edition, p. 2.