"I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise than he was 6000 years ago."
"Were I called on to define very briefly the term Art I should call it the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul. The mere imitation however accurate of what is in Nature entitles no man to the sacred name of Artist."
"There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man."