„The purpose of arts education is not to produce more artists, though that is a byproduct. The real purpose of arts education is to create complete human beings capable of leading successful and productive lives in a free society.“

—  Dana Gioia

Commencement speech, Stanford University (2007-06-17)
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„Art’s true purpose is to be human as opposed to some rarefied activity set away from real life. I think art should help you to navigate the real challenges of being a human being.“

—  Martin Firrell British artist and activist 1963

Quoted in the documentary The Question Mark Inside broadcast in the UK by Sky Arts (30 October 2009).

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

—  Svetlana Alexievich Belarusian investigative journalist and non-fiction prose writer 1948

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

„Society is basically not interested in art. Art has a purpose of its own.“

—  Donald Judd artist 1928 - 1994

Chinati: Judd’s Concretes Re-open http://adobeairstream.com/art/chinati-judds-concretes-re-open, AdobeAirstream.com, 9 October 2009
Attributed from posthumous publications

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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

The Principles of Success in Literature (1865)
Context: 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. A work of Art must of course indirectly appeal to the Intellect, and a work of Science will also indirectly appeal to the Feelings; nevertheless a poem on the stars and a treatise on astronomy have distinct aims and distinct methods. But having recognised the broadly-marked differences, we are called upon to ascertain the underlying resemblances. Logic and Imagination belong equally to both. It is only because men have been attracted by the differences that they have overlooked the not less important affinities.

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„Agriculture is a trade with the purpose… to produce profit or to gain money. The higher this benefit in the long run, the more complete this purpose is fulfilled.“

—  Albrecht Thaer German agronomist and an avid supporter of the humus theory for plant nutrition 1752 - 1828

Thaer (1810) cited in: Martin Frielinghaus and Claus Dalchow. " Thaer 200 years at Möglin (Germany) http://horizon.documentation.ird.fr/exl-doc/pleins_textes/ed-06-08/010039833.pdf." in documentation.ird.fr. (2007): 259-267.
Opening sentence of Thaer's four-volume Grundsatze der rationellen Landwirthschaft (Principles of Efficient Agriculture, 1809-1812).

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„The real DJ is an artist and as such creates art. Something unique, which can not be recreated.“

—  Prevale Italian DJ and producer 1983

Original: Il vero DJ è un artista e come tale crea arte. Qualcosa di unico, che non si può ricreare.

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„The basic purpose of life and the basic purpose of education is to enhance one’s boundaries of perception.“

—  Sadhguru Yogi, mystic, visionary and humanitarian 1957

Isha Insights Magazine, Spring Edition 2009
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Context: The basic purpose of life and the basic purpose of education is to enhance one’s boundaries of perception. I don’t want the children to just survive after ten years of schooling here. They must blossom and flower wherever they go. -Sadhguru (on Isha Vidhya rural education project)

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„Our purpose is to educate as well as to entertain.“

—  Curtis Mayfield American singer, songwriter, and record producer 1942 - 1999

As quoted in The Sociology of Rock (1978) by Simon Frith
Context: Our purpose is to educate as well as to entertain. Painless preaching is as good a term as any for what we do. If you're going to come away from a party singing the lyrics of a song, it is better that you sing of self-pride like 'We're a Winner' instead of 'Do the Boo-ga-loo!

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„God’s purpose of creating human beings is so that we can live loving God as our bridegroom, our lover.“

—  Jung Myung Seok South Korean Leader of New Religious Movement, Poet, Author, Founder of Wolmyeongdong Center 1945

Extracted from the Official English Website on Jung Myung Seok http://jungmyungseok.net/

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„The true purpose of education is to prepare young men and women for effective citizenship in a free form of government.“

—  Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969

Speech at Williamsburg College http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/education/bsa/citizenship_merit_badge/eisenhower_citizenship_quotations.pdf (15 May 1953)

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„Education is the acquisition of the art of the utilisation of knowledge.“

—  Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947

1920s, The Aims of Education (1929)

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