„What can art accomplish? The purpose of art is to accumulate the human within the human being.“

Speech at the Nobel Banquet https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2015/alexievich-speech_en.html (10 December 2015)

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—  Martin Firrell British artist and activist 1963

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„The military art is not an accomplishment, an art for dilettante, a sport.“

—  Ferdinand Foch French soldier and military theorist 1851 - 1929

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Context: The military art is not an accomplishment, an art for dilettante, a sport. You do not make war without reason, without an object, as you would give yourself up to music, painting, hunting, lawn tennis, where there is no great harm done whether you stop altogether or go on, whether you do little or much. Everything in war is linked together, is mutually interdependent, mutually interpenetrating. When you are at war you have no power to act at random. Each operation has a raison d'etre, that is an object; that object, once determined, fixes the nature and the value of the means to be resorted to as well as the use which ought to be made of the forces.

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„Such art reinforces human dignity.“

—  Germaine Greer, The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work

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„In Science the paramount appeal is to the Intellect — its purpose being instruction; in Art, the paramount appeal is to the Emotions — its purpose being pleasure.“

—  George Henry Lewes British philosopher 1817 - 1878

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