The flute is not an instrument that has a good moral effectit is too
exciting. Aristotle c.330 BC Politics.
Nature is but a name for an effect, Whose cause is God.
William Cowper The Task, bk.6,'The Winter Walk at Noon', l.223.
What I really like is minimum effort for maximum effect. Like with Picasso's
Bull's Heada bike seat and handlebars. Damien Hirst In the Idler,10 Jul.
We have no other notion of cause and effect, but that of certain objects,
which have been always conjoined together, and
whichinall past instanceshavebeenfound inseparable. David Hume A Treatise of Human Nature, bk.1, pt.3, section 6.
Inmyopinionpainting should be considered excellent in proportion as it
approaches the effect of relief, while relief should be
considered bad in proportion as it approaches the
effect of painting. Michelangelo full name Michelangelo Buonarroti Quoted in Robert J
Clements (ed) Michelangelo: A Self-Portrait (1968).
Amid the wreck and the misery of nations it is our just exaltation that we
have continued superior to all that ambition or
despotism could effect; and our still higher exaltation ought to
be that we provide not only for our own safety but hold
out a prospect for nations now bending under the
yoke of tyranny of what the exertions of a free people
can effect. William known as theYounger Pitt Speech to the House of Commons, 25 Apr.
The poet must be free to love or hate as the spirit moves him, freeto change,
freeto be a chameleon, freetobe an enfant terrible. He
must above all never worry about his effect on other
people.Power requires that one do just that all the time.
Power requires that the inner person never be
unmasked.No, we poetshavetogo naked. And since this is so,
it is better that we stay private people; a naked public person
would be rather ridiculous, what? May Sarton Hilary Stevens. Mrs Stevens Hears the Mermaids
The great instrument of moral good is the
poetryadministers to the effect byacting on the cause. Percy Bysshe Shelley A Defence of Poetry.
The difficulty with humorists is that they will mix what they believe with
what they don't; whichever seems likelier to win an
effect. John Hoyer Updike Rabbit, Run.