"Don't be fooled by the way capitalism co-opts art. It pretends to do it for money, but underneath money is terror. Terror that there might be a different way to live. There is a different way, and it's not a William Morris utopia, or an Omega workshop niche; it's a celebration of the human spirit. Art reminds us of all the possibilities we are persuaded to forget. Peace or war, we need those alternatives."
The conclusion of an eloquent declaration of art's value and power from author Jeanette Winterson. The piece, which originally appeared in the Guardian back in 2002, is even more relevant today, at a time when arts budgets regularly find themselves to be the first casualties of the austerity war.
(Thanks to Phil for the link.)