William Sartain [1917]

We are better and greater in proportion to our appreciation of what is fine and noble, and by the cultivation of our finer taste we are helped to see and enjoy the beauties of nature . . . it poetizes us. Surround yourself with fine works of art, read the greatest works of literature, hear the finest music–and you increase your capacity for understanding and enjoyment and are ennobled by the emotions they call forth. By ignoring the gratification of such instincts the latter become atrophied–as the fishes of the Mammoth Cave, living in darkness, have lost the sense of sight.–Thoughts on Art and the Art Collector

Source: https://archive.org/details/jstor-25587749

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