Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

-We have come to think of art and work as incompatible, or at least independent categories and have for the first time in history created an industry without art.

-The vocation, whether it be that of the farmer or the architect, is a function; the exercise of this function as regards the man himself is the most indispensable means of spiritual development, and as regards his relation to society the measure of his worth.

-It is only when the maker of things is a maker of things by vocation, and not merely holding down a job, that the price of things is approximate to their real value.

-However broad or narrow, noble or ignoble, the subject of the art, however elegant or crude the language, art is always recognizable as art. All that we demand of an artist is that he should offer us living water: for this water has a miraculous quality, and even though it be offered in a thimble it will fill a bowl…
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy