Benjamin Haydon

Benjamin Haydon

Benjamin Robert Haydon (/ˈheɪdən/; 26 January 1786 – 22 June 1846) was an English historical painter and writer.

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    Art is a reality, not a definition; inasmuch as it approaches a reality, it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere definition, it is imperfect and untrue.
    Benjamin Haydon (1786–1846)

    The longer a man lives in this world the more he must be convinced that all domestic quarrels had better never be obtruded on the public; for, let the husband be right, or let him be wrong, there is always a sympathy existing for women which is certain to give the man the worst of it.
    —Benjamin Haydon (1786–1846)

    Reminiscences, even extensive ones, do not always amount to an autobiography.... For autobiography has to do with time, with sequence and what makes up the continuous flow of life. Here, I am talking of a space, of moments and discontinuities. For even if months and years appear here, it is in the form they have in the moment of recollection. This strange form—it may be called fleeting or eternal—is in neither case the stuff that life is made of.
    —Walter Benjamin (1892–1940)