Arthur Danto quotes

  • In my own version of the idea of 'what art wants,' the end and fulfillment of the history of art is the philosophical understanding of what art is, an understanding that is achieved in the way that understanding in each of our lives is achieved, namely, from the mistakes we make, the false paths we follow, the false images we have come to abandon until we learn wherein our limits consist, and then how to live within those limits.
    -- Arthur Danto

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  • Whatever art is, it is no longer something primarily to be looked at. Stared at, perhaps, but not primarily looked at
    -- Arthur Danto

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  • The Rockwell magazine cover was more a part of the American reality than a record of it.
    -- Arthur Danto

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  • Teaching is an instinctual art, mindful of potential, craving of realizations, a pausing, seamless process.

  • Poems very seldom consist of poetry and nothing else; and pleasure can be derived also from their other ingredients. I am convinced that most readers, when they think they are admiring poetry, are deceived by inability to analyse their sensations, and that they are really admiring, not the poetry of the passage before them, but something else in it, which they like better than poetry.

  • As my poor father used to say In 1963, Once people start on all this Art Goodbye, moralitee! And what my father used to say Is good enough for me.

  • The obedient in art are always the forgotten . . . The country is glorious but its beauties are unknown, and but waiting for a real live artist to splash them onto canvas . . . Chop your own path. Get off the car track.

  • Like most of those who study history, he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.

  • When I was new, I didn't know where my career will go. Initially, my films were not even successful, but then I learned a lot from my mistakes.

  • When you have success on the field, you're more popular and you have that fame that comes with it. You realize you're in the public eye more and you've got to be a little bit more careful about some of the things you're doing out in public and make sure you're smart about the things you say. You're still going to make mistakes from time to time, but you represent an even greater population and people are that much more looking for you to be in the wrong place at the wrong time or fall down or say something really stupid that's going to get you in trouble.

  • I worry because there is a basic asymmetry, an imbalance, between the two parties. For the Palestinians, it is about status and sovereignty, which could always be adjusted, while for Israel it is about security and trust. And security is something you can't adjust. If you make a mistake on the scrutiny issue, there is no going back.

  • When I study philosophical works I feel I am swallowing something which I don't have in my mouth.

  • One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full. And he said, "Is it half full or half empty?" So I drank the water. No more problem.