Quotes by Sir Joshua Reynolds

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Sir Joshua Reynolds (July 16, 1723 February 23, 1792) was the most important and influential of 18th century English painters, specialising in portraits and promoting the "Grand Style" in painting which depended on idealization of the imperfect. He was one of the founders and first President of the Royal Academy. George III appreciated his merits and knighted him in 1769. more

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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 from nothing.

Nothing can be made of nothing; he who has laid up no material can produce no combination.
The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.
If you have great talents, industry will improve them: if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.

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