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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Washington Allston
 
  Desert being the essential condition of praise, there can be no reality in the one without the other.  1
  Fame has no necessary conjunction with praise; it may exist without the breath of a word: it is a recognition of excellence which must be felt, but need not be spoken. Even the envious must feel it,—feel it, and hate in silence.  2
  He who has no pleasure in looking up, is not fit so much as to look down.  3
  In the same degree that we overrate ourselves, we shall underrate others; for injustice allowed at home is not likely to be corrected abroad.  4
  It is a hard matter for a man to lie all over, nature having provided king’s evidence in almost every member. The hand will sometimes act as a vane, to show which way the wind blows, even when every feature is set the other way; the knees smite together and sound the alarm of fear under a fierce countenance; the legs shake with anger when all above is calm.  5
  It was Dante who called this noble art God’s grandchild.  6
  Make no man your idol; for the best man must have faults, and his faults will usually become yours in addition to your own. This is as true in art as an morals.  7
  Never expect justice from a vain man; if he has the negative magnanimity not to disparage you, it is the most you can expect.  8
  No man knows himself as an original.  9
  Selfishness in art, as in other things, is sensibility kept at home.  10
  The love of gain never made a painter; but it has marred many.  11
  The most intangible, and therefore the worst, kind of a lie is a half truth. This is the peculiar device of a “conscientious” detractor.  12
  The painter who is content with the praise of the world in respect to what does not satisfy himself is not an artist, but an artisan; for though his reward be only praise, his pay is that of a mechanic.  13
 
 
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