Joshua Reynolds - Quotes

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A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts. ---->>>

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking. ---->>>

The real character of a man is found out by his amusements. ---->>>

All the gestures of children are graceful; the reign of distortion and unnatural attitudes commences with the introduction of the dancing master. ---->>>

If you have great talents, industry will improve them: if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency. ---->>>

It is but a poor eloquence which only shows that the orator can talk. ---->>>

The greatest man is he who forms the taste of a nation; the next greatest is he who corrupts it. ---->>>

Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers.

Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers.

Could we teach taste or genius by rules, they would be no longer taste and genius. ---->>>

The value and rank of every art is in proportion to the mental labor employed in it, or the mental pleasure in producing it. ---->>>

A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.

A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.

Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come of nothing. ---->>>

Words should be employed as the means, not the end; language is the instrument, conviction is the work. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: July 16, 1723
Birthplace: Plympton, Devon
Die: February 23, 1792
Occupation: Artist
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Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (; 16 July 1723 – 23 February 1792) was an influential eighteenth-century English painter, specialising in portraits. According to John Russell, he was one of the major European painters of the 18th Century. He promoted the "Grand Style" in painting which depended on idealization of the imperfect (wikipedia)