If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.
But I shall let the little I have learnt go forth into the day in order that someone better than I may guess the truth, and in his work may prove and rebuke my error. At this I shall rejoice that I was yet a means whereby this truth has come to light.
My father suffered much and toiled painfully all his life, for he had no resources other than the proceeds of his trade from which to support himself and his wife and family.
No single man can be taken as a model for a perfect figure, for no man lives on earth who is endowed with the whole of beauty.
What beauty is, I know not, though it adheres to many things.
As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.
Sane judgment abhors nothing so much as a picture perpetrated with no technical knowledge, although with plenty of care and diligence.
I hold that the perfection of form and beauty is contained in the sum of all men.
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