Quotes Collected by Ken Knowlton


Appearances often deceive.
     — Aesop

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them.
     — Diane Arbus

The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.
     — Francis Bacon

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.
     — David Bailey

The first virtue of a painting is to be a feast for the eyes.
     — Eugene Delacroix

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
     — David Hume

In the fields of observation, chance favors only the mind that is prepared.
     — Louis Pasteur

Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.
     — Jonathan Swift

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
     — Jonathan Swift

There is something in a face, / An air, and a peculiar grace, / Which boldest painters cannot trace.
     — William Somerville

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