About Art"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to do with the fact that other people want what they want. Indeed, the moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want, and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist, and becomes a dull or an amusing craftsman, an honest or a dishonest tradesman. He has no further claim to be considered as an artist.More Like This
An unhealthy work of art [...] is a work whose subject is deliberately chosen, not because the artist has any pleasure in it, but because he thinks that the public will pay him for it.
[...] that monstrous and ignorant thing that is called Public Opinion, which, bad and well-meaning as it is when it tries to control action, is infamous and of evil meaning when it tries to control Thought or Art. [...] the arts which have escaped best in England are the arts in which the public have not b
'As Strong As Death'During his lifetime Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, wrote more than 30 books translated into at least 40 different languages. However, the short book Man's Search For Meaning remains his bestseller. It describes his life in the Nazi concentration camps and the lessons on spiritual survival that he had learned there. The following text is an excerpt from the book.More Like This
"In spite of all the enforced physical and mental primitiveness of the life in a concentration camp, it was possible for spiritual life to deepen. Sensitive people who were used to a rich intellectual life may have suffered much pain (they were often of a delicate constitution), but the damage to their inner selves was less. They were able to retreat from their terrible surroundings to a life of inner riches and spiritual freedom. Only in this way can one explain the apparent paradox that some prisoners of a less hardy makeup often seemed to survive camp life better than did those of a robust nature. In order to