The first encyclopedia of artist biographies. It may be nearly 500 years old, but it's still fun to read.1550
Great minds don't always think alike1993
Typography that stands the test of time1525
Sad poems from a strange artist1949
Divide your elixirs and make the Projection1591
Present-day beauty: the ephemeral, the fugitive, the contingent1863
Spells for finding hidden treasure, binding love and summoning angels1400
The rarest of the 19th century grimoires1801
Rama's journey to rescue his wife from the demon king (she's in another castle)100 BCE
Want to become a Brahman? Memorize 1000 laws.200 BCE
Physics, the mind, soul, the movements of the universe, and sex, obviously50 BCE
How to build roads, buildings and aqueducts with Roman precision15 BCE
The transformations of man and gods from before formation of the world1 CE
The adventures of Aeneis the Trojan, and what happens when the gods hate you19 CE
It takes 1.8 million words to describe the meaning of life400 BCE
Drama, tragedy, comedy and satire. Aristotle's masterclass on poetry and theater — too bad half of it's missing...335 BCE
Irony, humor, metaphysics and the meaning of life. The original philosophical masterwork.360 BCE
Exploring the poetry of ideas1258
The honorable Kings of Persia are an example to us all1010
The infinite complexities of the theory of beauty, distilled into six perfect principles. You read it here first, folks.1753
Charming and pointed vignettes from the life of a great Canadian painter1946
The unpublished memoirs of Romaine Brooks1930
Prophetic visions, or the hallucinations of ergot poisoning? You decide.1152
The violence and drama of the Norse sagas, recounted by an Icelandic poet1200
Horrible love poems and the pontification of teenagers.1850
More terrible poems by the Pre-Raphaelite boyband/brotherhood.
The First Law of the Land: if any one ensnare another, then he that ensnared him shall be put to death
Action and inaction will both destroy you in the end
We ask of our rulers no special favors, no special privileges, no special legislation. We ask justice.
I condemn without hesitation the position of the Knave of Diamonds, which has replaced creative activity with theorizing.
Abandon love, abandon aestheticism, abandon the baggage of wisdom, for in the new culture, your wisdom is ridiculous and insignificant. I have untied the knots of wisdom and liberated the consciousness of color!
I shake off the dust of the West, and I consider all those people ridiculous and backward who still imitate Western models in the hope of becoming pure painters and who fear literariness more than death.
In the midst of Umma Entemena overthrew Urlumma and killed him. He left behind 60 soldiers of his force dead on the bank of the canal.
The day was for supplication, the night was for prayer. The moonlight ... early morning, its master.
I am Nin-jirsu. No country can bear my fierce stare, nobody escapes my outstretched arms.
Old poor poverty, fried rice with pickled sesame seeds
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal
Now, consider carefully which you would rather do, so that later you will not regret your decision
The purpose of applying art: to add beauty to the results of the work of man and to add pleasure to the work itself
It is right and necessary that all men should have work to do which shall he worth doing
Even if someone paints a 'green sun', I will not say it is wrong.
a fool is a man with no intellect, and a man without learning cannot have intellect
Therefore one day it will come to pass, that the mouth of those vipers will be stopped and the triple crown will be brought to nought
Must toiling Man for ever meet disgrace, and eat his hard earn’d bread with heated face, and all his acts in dull Oblivion lay
Have I given the message?—O Allah, be my witness.
Every one shall have his portion from the side to which he belongs.
Expression, for me, does not reside in passions glowing in a human face or manifested by violent movement. The entire arrangement of my picture is expressive.
Just a word, and the word a movement.
Elementarism is the purest, and...the most direct means of expression of the human spirit
A treatise on the effect of infinite reproducibility on art, and a caution against fascist propaganda. Both more relevant than ever.
A record of the rebuilding of the first Gothic cathedral, St. Denis
Wake! For the Sun, who scatter'd into flight The Stars before him from the Field of Night,
The sentiments of men often differ with regard to beauty and deformity of all kinds
We are like a raging wind that rips up the clothes of clouds and prayers, we are preparing the great spectacle of disaster, conflagration and decomposition.
For the sake of the peace of our times, each one may have the free opportunity to worship as he pleases
This is how we decompose and recompose the universe according to our marvelous whims