- I like honesty and sincerity; and I maintain that an artist should not be shabbily treated.
often quoted as ‘No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist’ 1770–1827 German composer: letter to C. F. Peters, 5 June 1822
- The proletarian state must bring up thousands of excellent ‘mechanics of culture’, ‘engineers of the soul’.
Kennedy, Stalin 1868–1936 Russian writer and revolutionary: speech at the Writers' Congress 1934; see
- If he [a composer] has a nice wife and some nice children, how can he let the children starve on his dissonances?
Memos (1972) 1874–1954 American composer:
- In free society art is not a weapon…Artists are not engineers of the soul.
Gorky, Stalin 1917–63 American Democratic statesman, 35th President 1961–3: speech at Amherst College, Mass., 26 October 1963; see
- God help the Minister that meddles with art!
Lord M (1954) 1779–1848 British Whig statesman; Prime Minister 1834, 1835–41: Lord David Cecil
- Artists are the antennae of the race, but the bullet-headed many will never learn to trust their great artists.
Literary Essays (1954) 1885–1972 American poet:
- Life without industry is guilt, and industry without art is brutality.
Lectures on Art (1870) Lecture 3 ‘The Relation of Art to Morals’ sect. 95 1819–1900 English art and social critic:
- The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.
Man and Superman (1903) act 1 1856–1950 Irish dramatist:
- Politics in the middle of things that concern the imagination are like a pistol-shot in the middle of a concert.
Le Rouge et le noir (1830) bk. 2, ch. 22 1783–1842 French novelist:
- All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.
Intentions (1891) ‘The Decay of Lying’ 1854–1900 Irish dramatist and poet: