All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.
Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end.
To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.
What we have to do is to be forever curiously testing new opinions and courting new impressions.
Art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass.
The Renaissance of the fifteenth century was, in many things, great rather by what it designed that by what it achieved.
To regard all things and principles of things as inconstant modes or fashions has more and more become the tendency of modern thought.
For art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments' sake.
Philosophical theories or ideas, as points of view, instruments of criticism, may help us to gather up what might otherwise pass unregarded by us.
The service of philosophy, of speculative culture, towards the human spirit, is to rouse, to startle it to a life of constant and eager observation.