Quote by Kurt Vonnegut

Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people really talk, make paltry human enterprises seem important. Singers and musicians show us human beings making sounds far more lovely than human beings really make. Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on.

Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful


This quote by Kurt Vonnegut highlights the transformative power of art. Artists have a unique ability to present a heightened version of reality, enhancing the beauty, grace, and significance of human existence. Whether through dance, film, literature, music, or architecture, they create a world where ordinary human actions and expressions become extraordinary. By exaggerating and magnifying aspects of life, art transports us to a realm where the mundane turns extraordinary and where the seemingly insignificant gains profound meaning. Vonnegut suggests that art allows us to escape the banality of everyday life and experience something marvelous, even if, in reality, nothing extraordinary is happening.

By Kurt Vonnegut
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