Joshua Reynolds Quotes

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Joshua Reynolds Quotes

Simplicity is an exact mediumbetween too little and too much.
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The greatest man is he who forms the taste of a nation; the next greatest is he who corrupts it.

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The value and rank of every art is in proportion to the mental labor employed in it, or the mental pleasure in producing it.

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In the practice of art ... it is necessary to keep a watchful and jealous eye over ourselves; idleness, assuming the specious disguise of industry ... may be employed to evade and shuffle off real labor - the real labor of thinking.

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Whatever trips you make, you must still have nature in your eye ...

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While I recommend studying the art from artists, Nature is and must be the fountain which alone is inexhaustible, and from which all excellences must originally flow.

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I have heard painters acknowledge, though in that acknowledgment no degradation of themselves was intended, that they could do better without nature than with her; or as they express themselves, 'that it only put them out.

— Joshua Reynolds

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