Mona Lisa is the only beauty who went through history and retained her reputation.
— Will Rogers

Could Hamlet have been written by a committee, or the Mona lisa painted by a club? Could the New Testament have been composed as a conference report? Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals. The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to the finger of Adam, whether it takes ultimate shape in a law of physics or a law of the land, a poem or a policy, a sonata or a mechanical computer.
Alfred Whitney Griswold lisa quote

The geometry of landscape and situation seems to create its own systems of time, the sense of a dynamic element which is cinematizing the events of the canvas, translating a posture or ceremony into dynamic terms. The greatest movie of the 20th century is the Mona Lisa, just as the greatest novel is Gray's Anatomy.
— J. G. Ballard

Why do people go to the Louvre? They go to see the Mona Lisa. Why do they go to see the Mona Lisa? Because they already know what she looks like.
— William Noel

I was to Japanese visitors to Washington what the Mona Lisa is to Americans visiting Paris.
— lisa quotation by John C. Danforth