Florence Nightingale Page

“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.”

- Florence Nightingale

Source/Notes: Una and the Lion (1871), p. 6
Robert Sapolsky Page

“I love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it.”

- Robert Sapolsky

Source/Notes: Sapolsky, Robert (1997). The Trouble With Testosterone. New York: Scribner. pp. 286. ISBN 068483409X.
Albert Einstein Page

“It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education is a liberal arts college is not learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.”

- Albert Einstein

John F. Kennedy Page

“I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well.”

- John F. Kennedy

Percy Bysshe Shelley Page

“We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts have their root in Greece.”

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Source/Notes: Hellas (1821)


Arthur Schopenhauer Page

“Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes; this is partly because it gets unobstructed hold of the hearer’s mind without his being distracted by secondary thoughts, and partly because he feels that here he is not being corrupted or deceived by the arts of rhetoric, but that the whole effect is got from the thing itself.”

- Arthur Schopenhauer

Source/Notes: In German: "Die Wahrheit ist nackt am schönsten, und der Eindruck, den sie macht, um so tiefer, als ihr Ausdruck einfacher war; theils, weil sie dann das ganze, durch keinen Nebengedanken zerstreute Gemüth des Hörers ungehindert einnimmt..." - Parerga and Paralipomena (1851), Chapter XXIII
William Shakespeare Page

“From women's eyes this doctrine I derive: They sparkle still the right Promethean fire; They are the books, the arts, the academes, That show, contain, and nourish all the world.”

- William Shakespeare

Brandon Lee Page

“For me, the martial arts is a search for something inside. It's not just a physical discipline.”

- Brandon Lee

Northrop Frye Page

“No matter how much experience we may gather in life, we can never in life get the dimension of experience that the imagination gives us. Only the arts and sciences can do that, and of these, only literature gives us the whole sweep and range of human imagination as it sees itself.”

- Northrop Frye

Source/Notes: The Educated Imagination (1963)
Eleanor Roosevelt Page

“The arts in every field — music, drama, sculpture, painting — we can learn to appreciate and enjoy. We need not be artists, but we should be able to appreciate the work of artists.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Source/Notes: My Day (1935 - 1962)


Susan Sontag Page

“We live under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror. It is fantasy, served out in large rations by the popular arts, which allows most people to cope with these twin specters.”

- Susan Sontag

Source/Notes: The Imagination of Disaster (1965)
Bruce Lee Page

“To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.”

- Bruce Lee

Ravi Zacharias Page

“Truth has been relegated to subjectivity; beauty has been subjugated to the beholder; and as millions are idiotized night after night, a global commune has been constructed with the arts enjoying a totalitarian rule.”

- Ravi Zacharias

Source/Notes: Can Man Live Without God. 1994. p. 12. ISBN 9780849939433.
Anonymous Page

“I have a degree in liberal arts. Do you want fries with that?”

- Anonymous

Edward Gibbon Page

“If we contrast the rapid progress of this mischievous discovery [gunpowder] with the slow and laborious advances of reason, science, and the arts of peace, a philosopher, according to his temper, will laugh or weep at the folly of mankind.”

- Edward Gibbon

Source/Notes: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter 65 (1776–1788)


Sung Hi Lee Page

“I'm a huge boxing and mixed martial arts fan.”

- Sung Hi Lee

James Madison Page

“America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.”

- James Madison