"Man is unique not because he does science, and his is unique not because he does art, but because science and art equally are expressions of his marvelous plasticity of mind."
"Abstract Expressionism - the first American movement to have a worldwide influence - was remarkably short-lived: It heated up after World War II and was all but done for by 1960 (although visit any art school today and you'll find a would-be Willem de Kooning)."
"To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living."
"Errors are not in the art but in the artificers."
"A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!"
"I also take pleasure in the so-called negative power in Grotjahn's work. That is, I love his paintings for what they are not. Unlike much art of the past decade, Grotjahn isn't simply working from a prescribed checklist of academically acceptable, curator-approved 'isms' and twists."
"You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it."
"The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind."
"I'd love to go to art school. I'd love to learn how to draw. I'd love to be fluent in Spanish. I'd like to be a brain surgeon."
"It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it."