Benjamin Haydon

British artist

Lived from: 1786-1846

Category: Artists

Quotes: Benjamin Haydon

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    All government is an evil, but, of the two form's of that evil, democracy or monarchy, the sounder is monarchy; the more able to do its will, democracy.
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    Art is a reality, not a definition; inasmuch as it approaches a reality, it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere definition, it is imperfect and untrue.
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    Beware of the beginnings of vice. Do not delude yourself with the belief that it can be argued against in the presence of the exciting cause. Nothing but actual flight can save you.
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    Danger is the very basis of superstition. It produces a searching after help supernaturally when human means are no longer supposed to be available.
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    Do your duty, and don't swerve from it. Do that which your conscience tells you to be right, and leave the consequences to God.
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    Genius in poverty is never feared, because nature, though liberal in her gifts in one instance, is forgetful in another.
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    Genius is nothing more than our common faculties refined to a greater intensity. There are no astonishing ways of doing astonishing things. All astonishing things are done by ordinary materials.
    Source: Benjamin Robert Haydon: Correspondence and Table-talk, Volume 2 (Chatto and Windus, 1876), p. 311
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    How difficult it is to get men to believe that any other man can or does act from disinterestedness.
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    If men would only take the chances of doing right because it is right, instead of the immediate certainty of the advantage of doing wrong, how much happier would their lives be.
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    It is highly convenient to believe in the infinite mercy of God when you feel the need of mercy, but remember also His infinite justice.
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    Men of genius are often considered superstitious, but the fact is, the fineness of their nerve renders them more alive to the supernatural than ordinary men.
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    Men who have reached and passed forty-five, have a look as if waiting for the secret of the other world, and as if they were perfectly sure of having found out the secret of this.
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    Mistrusts sometimes come over one's mind of the justice of God. But let a real misery come again, and to whom do we fly? To whom do we instinctively and immediately look up?
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    Never disregard what your enemies say. They may be severe, they may be prejudiced, they may be determined to see only in one direction, but still in that direction see clearly. They do not speak all the truth, but they generally speak the truth from one point of view; so far as that goes, attend to them.
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    Never suffer youth to be an excuse for inadequacy, nor age and fame to be an excuse for indolence.
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