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James McNeill Whistler
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"Aubrey, I have made a very great mistake; you are a very great artist. I mean it, I mean it."
- On seeing Beardsley's designs for Pope's The Rape of the Lock. Aubrey burst into tears.

"Aubrey, I have made a very great mistake; you are a very great artist. I mean it, I mean it."
- On seeing Beardsley's designs for Pope's The Rape of the Lock. Aubrey burst into tears.
 
"I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring. "
 
"As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight and the subject-matter has nothing to do with harmony of sound or of color."
 
"An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision."
 
"You shouldn't say it is not good. You should say, you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe. "
 
"I maintain that two and two would continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five. "
 
"If the man who paints only the tree, or flower, or other surface he sees before him were an artist, the king of artists would be the photographer. It is for the artist to do something beyond this."
 
"The imitator is a poor kind of creature. If the man who paints only the tree, or flower, or other surface he sees before him were an artist, the king of artists would be the photographer. It is for the artist to do something beyond this. "
 
"For art and joy go together, with bold openness, and high head, and ready hand -- fearing naught and dreading no exposure. "
 
"Art is limited to the infinite, and beginning there cannot progress. "
 
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