Quote by Anne Rice
In spite of all the refinements of civilization that conspired to make art - the dizzying perfection of the string quartet or the sprawling grandeur of Fragonard
This quote emphasizes the paradoxical nature of art in the face of civilization's advancements. It suggests that despite all the achievements and refined aspects of civilization, such as complex musical compositions or intricately painted masterpieces, art still possesses a certain uncontrollable and stunning quality. The quote hints at the idea that art is able to transcend the constraints and boundaries of civilization, offering a sense of awe and beauty that cannot be replicated by civilization's refined elements alone.
What it means to be human is to bring up your children in safety, educate them, keep them healthy, teach them how to care for themselves and others, allow them to develop in their own way among adults who are sane and responsibile, who know the value of the world and not its economic potential. It means art, it means time, it means all the invisibles never counted by the GDP and the census figures. It means knowing that life has an inside as well as an outside. And I think it means love.