Sir Joshua Reynolds

1723 - 1792

A Quote by Sir Joshua Reynolds on imitation and mind

He who resolves never to ransack any mind but his own, will be soon reduced, from mere barrenness, to the poorest of all imitations; he will be obliged to imitate himself, and to repeat what he has before often repeated.

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)

Source: To Royal Academy Students, 10 Dec. 1774

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A Quote by Sir Joshua Reynolds on ability, improvement, and talent

If you have great talents, industry will improve them: if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)

Source: To Royal Academy Students, 10 Dec. 1774

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A Quote by Sir Joshua Reynolds on appearance, art, garden, and nature

Gardening, as far as Gardening is Art, or entitled to that appellation, is a deviation from nature; for if the true taste consists, as many hold, in banishing every appearance of Art, or any traces of the footsteps of man, it would then be no longer a Garden.

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)

Source: Thirteenth Discourse, 1786

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A Quote by Sir Joshua Reynolds on inventions and memory

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 be made of nothing; he who has laid up no materials can produce no combinations.

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)

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