Irving Stone was born 14 July 1903, and died 26 August 1989
- Art is a staple, like bread or wine or a warm coat in winter. Man’s spirit grows hungry for art in the same way his stomach growls for food.
- There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.
- Each of us has his own alphabet with which to create poetry.
- Art is amoral; so is life. For me there are no obscene pictures or books; there are only poorly conceived and poorly executed ones.
- I do not know a better cure for mental illness than a book.
- One should not become an artist because he can, but because he must. It is only for those who would be miserable without it.
- Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.
- Who wants to do good in this world must deny oneself. A man does not live on this Earth to be happy or to be honest only – he has to do great things for humanity, achieve the generosity of the spirit and rise above the banality where most of the people are drowning and wasting their days.
- Drawing is the poet’s written line, set down to see if there be a story worth telling, a truth worth revealing.
Stone was an American writer known for his biographical novels of famous historical personalities. He wrote Lust for Life, a biographical novel about Vincent van Gogh, and The Agony and the Ecstasy, a biographical novel about Michelangelo.