What can be hoped of an art which must necessarily depend on the favor of the publicâ€”of such a public, at least, as ours? Good work may, does sometimes, succeed. But never with the degree of success that befalls twaddle and vulgarity. Twaddle and vulgarity will always have the upper hand.
â€”Max Beerbohm, Saturday Review, September, 1908
We know that the tail must wag the dog, for the horse is drawn by the cart;
But, the Devil whoops, as he whooped of old: Itâ€™s
clever, but is it Art?
â€”Rudyard Kipling, The Conundrum of the Workshops