Woke up this morning thinking about quotes and people that support the arts, and people who don’t support the arts and the comparisons made to them (see Godwin’s Law) and began to wonder about some things.
I did a little checking on the internet about this quote: It was once suggested to Winston Churchill that he cut funding to the arts to pay for Britain’s war, to which he responded “Then what would we be fighting for?”
Nobody can seem to pinpoint where he said it. It’s a very Churchill thing to say though.
I like this one as well: the Director of the National Gallery, Kenneth Clark, suggested that the paintings in the National Gallery should be sent from London to Canada. Churchill was likewise against this suggestion, and emphatically so. “No,” he minuted, “bury them in caves and cellars. None must go. We are going to beat them.”
Also a marvelous quote: “Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts?” – Gabrielle Roy. I like that it’s on the back of the twenty. And it’s a Canadian woman.
The first Churchill quote is a biggie when it comes to arts cuts. I can see why – a wartime Conservative Prime Minister who GOT it. But it got me to thinking – aren’t there other great quotes about the importance of art in a society?And why don’t we use more of them? Surely someone else has something momentous to say about the importance of what we do. And those quotes should make it into our deputations and fundraiser toasts as well.
Little help, here?