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date: 17 May 2022

Joshua Reynolds 1723–92
English painter 

  1. If you have great talents, industry will improve them: if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.
    Discourses on Art (ed. R. Wark, 1975) no. 2 (11 December 1769)
  2. Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers.
    Discourses on Art 11 December 1769
  3. A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.
    Discourses on Art 14 December 1770
  4. Could we teach taste or genius by rules, they would be no longer taste and genius.
    Discourses on Art 14 December 1770