Quotes: masterpiece

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  • Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
    Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
    French authors who wrote several books together
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    A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.
  • Virginia Woolf
    Virginia Woolf
    English writer 1882-1941
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    A masterpiece is something said once and for all, stated, finished, so that it's there complete in the mind, if only at the back.
  • André Gide
    André Gide
    French writer 1869-1951
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    Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
  • Arthur Miller
    Arthur Miller
    American Dramatist 1915-
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    He wants to live on through something-and in his case, his masterpiece is his son. all of us want that, and it gets more poignant as we get more anonymous in this world.
  • Barry Hannah
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    Honestly, I envy painters, who can have a masterpiece in one morning. Or musicians, who can write something in 30 minutes and arrange it in an hour, sometimes. 'Cause with this, with writing, you can occasionally feel like a caveman, like you've been working with pitch and tar on this brush.
  • Anthony Robbins
    Anthony Robbins
    American author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and life coach 1960-
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    I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.
  • Dwight L. Moody
    Dwight L. Moody
    American evangelist 1837-1899
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    It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?
  • Benito Mussolini
    Benito Mussolini
    Italian politician and journalist 1883-1945
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    Lenin is an artist who has worked men, as other artists have worked marble or metals. But men are harder than stone and less malleable than iron. There is no masterpiece. The artist has failed. The task was superior to his capacities.
    Source: Popolo dItalia (14 July 1920) The Artificer and the Material, quoted in Mussolini in the Making (1938) by Gaudens Megaro, p. 326
  • G. C. Lichtenberg
    G. C. Lichtenberg
    German writer and physicist 1742-1799
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    Man is a masterpiece of creation if for no other reason than that, all the weight of evidence for determinism notwithstanding, he believes he has free will.
  • Andre Breton
    Andre Breton
    French writer 1896-1966
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    Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    French essayist and philosopher 1533-1592
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    The great and glorious masterpiece of man is how to live with purpose.
  • Jean Cocteau
    Jean Cocteau
    French writer 1889-1963
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    The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.
  • Cyril Connolly
    Cyril Connolly
    British criticus 1903-1974
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    The more books we read, the sooner we perceive that the true function of the writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence.
    Source: The Unquiet Grave (1944)
  • Arnold Newman
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    There are no rules and regulations for perfect composition. If there were we would be able to put all the information into a computer and would come out with a masterpiece. We know that's impossible. You have to compose by the seat of your pants.
  • Victor Hugo
    Victor Hugo
    French writer 1802-1885
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    There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
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