„When you wish to see whether the general effect of your picture corresponds with that of the object represented after nature, take a mirror and set it so that it reflects the actual thing, and then compare the reflection with your picture, and consider carefully whether the subject of the two images is in conformity with both, studying especially the mirror. The mirror ought to be taken as a guide… you see the picture made upon one plane showing things which appear in relief, and the mirror upon one plane does the same. The picture is on one single surface, and the mirror is the same. …if you but know well how to compose your picture it will also seem a natural thing seen in a great mirror.“

XXIX Precepts of the Painter

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„You should look into a mirror: if you look fine, do fine things; if you look ugly, correct by nobility the defect of your nature.“

—  Bias of Priene ancient Greek philosopher, one of the Seven Sages -600 - -530 a.C.

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„In the evening I study a fair.... if you could see the pomp and luxury of the merry-go-round and the stands and booths. Everything is decorated in Baroque-style, all gold and silver; there are mirrors, fabrics, and electric lightning. By night the whole thing is fantastic and rowdy. First of all I shall make a small picture and some drawings for illustrations.“

—  Giacomo Balla Italian artist 1871 - 1958

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„Those men who are inventors and interpreters between Nature and Man, as compared with boasters and declaimers of the works of others, must be regarded and not otherwise esteemed than as the object in front of a mirror, when compared with its image seen in the mirror. For the first is something in itself, and the other nothingness.“

—  Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519

Folks little indebted to Nature, since it is only by chance that they wear the human form and without it I might class them with the herds of beasts.
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„Looking at yourself in a mirror isn’t exactly a study of life.“

—  Lauren Bacall American actress, model 1924 - 2014

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„When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story.“

—  C. J. Cherryh United States science fiction and fantasy author 1942

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Contexto: When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story. I don't think we have an obligation to change it radically. I think that if we ever move too far from the basic story, we would lose something very precious. I don't, for instance, approve of fantasy that attempts to go back and rewrite the Middle Ages until it conforms to political correctness in the twentieth century. That removes all the benefit from reading the story. If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.

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„A picture whether or not it is really true to fact must above all things appear true.“

—  Alfred Horsley Hinton British photographer 1863 - 1908

Fonte: Part II : Practical Pictorial Photography, Clouds in their relation to the landscape, p. 29

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„The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs. There is not one of them which will not make us into devils if we set it up as an absolute guide.“

—  Clive Staples Lewis, livro Mere Christianity

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