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The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Pablo Picasso

This world is but a canvas to our imagination. Henry David Thoreau

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. Jonathan Swift

Even a true artist does not always produce art. Carroll O’Connor

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. Oscar Wilde

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The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. ~William Faulkner

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. ~Stella Adler

Painting is silent poetry. ~Plutarch, Moralia: How to Study Poetry

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Why should you think that beauty, which is the most precious thing in the world, lies like a stone on the beach for the careless passer-by to pick up idly? Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has made it, it is not given to all to know. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the artist. It is a melody that sings to you, and to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination. ~ W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919 (Chapter XIX, spoken by the character Dirk Stroeve)

Why should you think that beauty is a stone on the beach, for any passerby to pick up? Beauty is something wonderful and strange, that the artist creates in torment, out of chaos. It isn’t always easy to recognize at first. For that you must have knowledge, and sensitiveness, and imagination. ~ W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965) and Albert Lewin, The Moon and Sixpence (film adaptation of Maugham’s novel), 1942

It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet. ~ Kojiro Tomita

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in. ~ Amy Lowell

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Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. John F. Kennedy

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. Winston Churchill

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. Dorothea Lange

Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art. Constantin Stanislavski

The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract. Ellen Key

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced. Leo Tolstoy

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. Pablo Picasso

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To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts — such is the duty of the artist. ~Schumann

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies. ~ Pablo Picasso

…Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art. ~Oscar Wilde, “The Decay of Lying: A Dialogue,” in The Nineteenth Century: A Monthly Review (London), January 1889 (Vivian)

I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things. ~ Henri Matisse

The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent. The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist. ~ Robert Brault

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. ~ Charles Horton Cooley

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

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The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing. Eugene Delacroix

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box. Henri Cartier-Bresson

A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires. Hedy Lamarr

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. Georgia O’Keeffe

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul. W. Somerset Maugham

I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning. Andy Warhol

I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few. William Morris

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad. Salvador Dali

You don’t take a photograph, you make it. Ansel Adams

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. Michelangelo

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To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way. ~E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail. ~Theodore Dreiser, Life, Art, and America, 1917



The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep. ~ Paul Strand

All art requires courage. ~ Anne Tucker

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. ~ Oscar Wilde

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do. ~ Edgar Degas

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work. ~Henry Moore

Pictures must not be too picturesque. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do. Edgar Degas

A great artist is always before his time or behind it. George Edward Moore

Art doesn’t transform. It just plain forms. Roy Lichtenstein

The goal of art was the vital expression of self. Alfred Stieglitz

To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage. Georgia O’Keeffe

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail. Theodore Dreiser

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. Claude Monet

Rules and models destroy genius and art. William Hazlitt

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have. Andy Warhol

A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual. Vladimir Nabokov

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Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. ~ André Gide

Anyone who says you can’t see a thought simply doesn’t know art. ~ Wynetka Ann Reynolds

But that’s what being an artist is — feeling crummy before everyone else feels crummy. ~ The New Yorker

Art holds fast when all else is lost. ~ German Proverb

Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass. ~ Fran Lebowitz

Great art picks up where nature ends. ~ Marc Chagall

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college — that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?” ~ Howard Ikemoto

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame. ~ G.K. Chesterton

What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit. ~ John Updike

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There is nothing new in art except talent. Anton Chekhov

What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit. John Updike

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture. Arthur Erickson

Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees. Marcel Proust

Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first. Arthur Schopenhauer

In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it. Ernst Fischer

All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography. Federico Fellini

Art is Art. Everything else is everything else. Ad Reinhardt

The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness. Joan Miro

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The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe, he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life. ~ Henry Miller

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. ~ Oscar Wilde

Let me ask you something, what is not art? ~ Author Unknown

The painter puts brush to canvas, and the poet puts pen to paper. The poet has the easier task, for his pen does not alter his rhyme. ~ Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he — for some reason — thinks it would be a good idea to give them. ~ Andy Warhol

The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body because they are non-functional. Although they conceal an essential orifice, these pointless globes are as near as the human form can ever come to abstract art. ~ Kenneth Tynan

God and other artists are always a little obscure. ~ Oscar Wilde

For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh. ~ Georges Rouault

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Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale ’til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality. ~T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent, 1919

There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Art is… a question mark in the minds of those who want to know what’s happening. ~ Aaron Howard

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for. ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. Henry Ward Beecher

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. Pablo Picasso

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. Gilbert K. Chesterton

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. Walt Whitman

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. Emile Zola

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. Henri Cartier-Bresson

When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection. Agnes Martin

You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh. John Singer Sargent


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