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I rejoice to hear that thou takest pain with thine art, for in this wonderful age, art is worship. The more thou strivest to perfect it, the closer wilt thou come to God. What bestowal could be greater than this, that one’s art should be even as the act of worshipping the Lord? That is to say, when thy fingers grasp the paintbrush, it is as if thou wert at prayer in the Temple.

'Abdu'l-Bahá, Compilation on Arts and Architecture

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