O.O The Philosophy of Freaks O.O – Aesthetics, Art and Age

~ The Empty Mask by Rene Magritte


And all the loveliest things there be

Come simply, so it seems to me.

~ Edna St. Vincent Millay


General principles concerning art:

  1. Life is very nice, but it lacks the form. It’s the aim of art to give it some.[1]
  2. All art is quite useless.[2]
  3. Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.[3]
  4. Writing about art is like dancing about architecture.
  5. It is only the shallow people who do not judge by appearances.[4]
  6. Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.[5]

The sources of artistic creativity:

  1. Originality is the art of concealing your sources.
  2. Creativity is great but plagiarism is faster.
  3. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.[6]

How to be an artist:

  1. No artist really ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.[7]
  2. The true artist takes no notice whatsoever of the public. The public to him are nonexistent. He leaves that to the popular novelist.[8]

General rules for actors and actresses:

  1. For an actress to succeed she must have the face of Venus, the brains of Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, he memory of Macaulay, the figure of Juno and the hide of a rhinoceros.[9]
  2. It is a great help for a man to be in love with himself. For an actor, however, it is absolutely essential.[10]

The ironies of art:

  1. Ah Mozart! He was happily married but his wife wasn’t.
  2. Music with dinner is an insult to both the cook and violinist.[11]
  3. Ask a toad what is beauty?….a female with two great round eyes coming out of her little head, a large flat mouth, a yellow belly and a brown back.[12]
~ The Listening Room by Rene Magritte

[1] Jean Anouilh, The Rehersal, 1950.

[2] Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1981.

[3] Attributed to Arthur Schopenhauer.

[4] Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891.

[5] Fran Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life, 1978.

[6] T. S. Elliot, The Sacred Wood, 1920.

[7] Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying, 1889.

[8] Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism, 1891.

[9] Ethel Barrymore, 1879 – 1959, actress.

[10] Robert Morley, Playboy, 1979.

[11] G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English essayist and poet.

[12] Attributed to Voltaire.

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