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We all agree now - by we I mean intelligent people under sixty - that a work of art is like a rose. A rose is not beautiful because it is like something else. Neither is a work of art. Roses and works of art are beautiful in themselves. Clive Bell#Agree 70
Clive Bell#Agree 70
It is the mark of great art that its appeal is universal and eternal. Clive Bell#Appeal 69
Clive Bell#Appeal 69
Comfort came in with the middle classes. Clive Bell#Came 58
Clive Bell#Came 58
Art and Religion are, then, two roads by which men escape from circumstance to ecstasy. Between aesthetic and religious rapture there is a family alliance. Art and Religion are means to similar states of mind. Clive Bell#Aesthetic 56
Clive Bell#Aesthetic 56
A rose is the visible result of an infinitude of complicated goings on in the bosom of the earth and in the air above, and similarly a work of art is the product of strange activities in the human mind. Clive Bell#Art 43
Clive Bell#Art 43
We have no other means of recognising a work of art than our feeling for it. Clive Bell#Art 34
Clive Bell#Art 34
I have been using art as a means to the emotions of life and reading into it the ideas of life. Clive Bell#Emotions 31
Clive Bell#Emotions 31
All sensitive people agree that there is a peculiar emotion provoked by works of art. Clive Bell#Agree 31
Clive Bell#Agree 31
I will try to account for the degree of my aesthetic emotion. That, I conceive, is the function of the critic. Clive Bell#Account 29
Clive Bell#Account 29
There must be some one quality without which a work of art cannot exist; possessing which, in the least degree, no work is altogether worthless. Clive Bell#Altogether 23
Clive Bell#Altogether 23
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