The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from the artist is to make him ruin his work.
There is no greater consolation for mediocrity than that the genius is not immortal.
The words you've bandied are sufficient;'Tis deeds that I prefer to see.[Ger., Der Worte sind genug gewechselt,Lasst mich auch endlich Thaten sehn.]
Painting predicates what man wants to see, and what man ought to see, not what he ordinarily sees.
It is always a sign of an unproductive time when it concerns itself with petty and technical aspects [in philology], and likewiseit is a sign of an unproductive person to pursue such trifles.