The pleasure given by art is not a passive one. We give it to ourselves … what we call taste is a real art. The work of art may remain silent to many; even to those who understand it more or less. It is an appeal to another mind, and it cannot draw out more than that mind contains. But to enjoy is as it were to create; to understand is a form of equality, and the full use of taste may be a work of genius.

John La Farge (American, 1835 – 1910)
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