Quotations by Clive Bell

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Born: Friday, September 16, 1881
Died: Friday, September 18, 1964 (83 years old)
Profession: Critic
Nationality: English


A rose is the visible result of an infinitude of complicated goings on in the bosom of the earth and in the air above, and similarly a work of art is the product of strange activities in the human mind.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Art, Work, Earth, Mind, Result)

All sensitive people agree that there is a peculiar emotion provoked by works of art.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Art, People, Emotion)

Art and Religion are, then, two roads by which men escape from circumstance to ecstasy. Between aesthetic and religious rapture there is a family alliance. Art and Religion are means to similar states of mind.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Art, Family, Men, Religion, Alliance, Circumstance, Ecstasy, Mind, Religious, states)

Comfort came in with the middle classes.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Comfort)

Do not mistake a crowd of big wage-earners for the leisure class.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Mistake, Class, Leisure, Wage)

Genius worship is the inevitable sign of an uncreative age.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Age, Genius, Worship)

I will try to account for the degree of my aesthetic emotion. That, I conceive, is the function of the critic.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Emotion, Will)

It is the mark of great art that its appeal is universal and eternal.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Art)

It would follow that 'significant form' was form behind which we catch a sense of ultimate reality.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Reality, Sense)

Only reason can convince us of those three fundamental truths without a recognition of which there can be no effective liberty: that what we believe is not necessarily true; that what we like is not necessarily good; and that all questions are open.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Open, Questions, Reason)

The forms of art are inexhaustible; but all lead by the same road of aesthetic emotion to the same world of aesthetic ecstasy.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Art, Ecstasy, Emotion, Road, World)

There must be some one quality without which a work of art cannot exist; possessing which, in the least degree, no work is altogether worthless.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Art, Work, Quality)

We all agree now - by "we" I mean intelligent people under sixty - that a work of art is like a rose. A rose is not beautiful because it is like something else. Neither is a work of art. Roses and works of art are beautiful in themselves.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Art, Work, People, Now, Roses)

We have no other means of recognising a work of art than our feeling for it.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Art, Work, Feeling)







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