Don't follow the critics too much. Art appreciation, like love, cannot be done by proxy: It is a very personal affair and is necessary to each individual.
- Robert Henri
"When I say truth, I mean beauty.... For me, Edgar, that sums up what all art is for, and the only way it can be judged."
He smiled--a trifle defensively, I thought.
"I don't want to think too much about art, you see. I don't want to criticize it. I don't want to attend symposia, listen to papers, or discuss it at cocktail parties--although sometimes in my line of work I'm forced to do all those things. What I want to do is clutch my heart and fall down when I see it."
- from Duma Key by Stephen King