Joshua Reynolds, English Artist ( July 16, 1723 - February 23, 1792 )

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A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.~Joshua Reynolds

Nature Great Never

All the gestures of children are graceful; the reign of distortion and unnatural attitudes commences with the introduction of the dancing master.~Joshua Reynolds

Children Master Graceful

A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.~Joshua Reynolds

Art Thoughts Pictures

Could we teach taste or genius by rules, they would be no longer taste and genius.~Joshua Reynolds

Rules Teach Genius

The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.~Joshua Reynolds

Character Man Real

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.~Joshua Reynolds

Man Thinking Go

Few have been taught to any purpose who have not been their own teachers.~Joshua Reynolds

Education Purpose Taught

If you have great talents, industry will improve them; if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.~Joshua Reynolds

Great You Industry

Invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory; nothing can come of nothing.~Joshua Reynolds

Memory Nothing New

It is but a poor eloquence which only shows that the orator can talk.~Joshua Reynolds

Talk Poor Only

The greatest man is he who forms the taste of a nation; the next greatest is he who corrupts it.~Joshua Reynolds

Greatest Man Nation

Words should be employed as the means, not the end; language is the instrument, conviction is the work.~Joshua Reynolds

Work End Words

The value and rank of every art is in proportion to the mental labor employed in it, or the mental pleasure in producing it.~Joshua Reynolds

Art Value Mental