Best Inspirational Art Quotes from Famous Artists

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Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.

An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.

The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.

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

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

Every artist was first an amateur.

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

To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art – that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.

I love playing with makeup. Makeup has become a thing where it’s an art form. It’s not a thing where you use it because you need to feel beautiful or because you don’t like the way you look.

Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.

There should be a law that no ordinary newspaper should be allowed to write about art. The harm they do by their foolish and random writing it would be impossible to overestimate – not to the artist, but to the public, blinding them to all but harming the artist not at all.

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.

The art of the bird is to conceal its nest both as to position and as to material, but now and then it is betrayed into weaving into its structure showy and bizarre bits of this or that, which give its secret away and which seem to violate all the traditions of its kind.

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.

I never called my work an ‘art’. It’s part of show business, the business of building entertainment.

The demons you have are what motivate you to make your art. This is what drives the detective, this is what drives the painter, this is what drives the writer: a conflicting urge to forget pain and at the same time remember it and fight for some kind of justice. I know these powerful things are inside of me and everyone in some way or another.

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

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.

The temple of art is built in words.

To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

Hollywood is a special place; a place filled with creative geniuses – actors, screenwriters, directors, sound engineers, computer graphics specialists, lighting experts and so on. Working together, great art happens. But in the end, all artists depend on diverse audiences who can enjoy, be inspired by and support their work.

If a work of art is rich and vital and complete, those who have artistic instincts will see its beauty, and those to whom ethics appeal more strongly than aesthetics will see its moral lesson. It will fill the cowardly with terror, and the unclean will see in it their own shame.

Art raises its head where creeds relax.

What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles… It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations. Art never can be imitation.

Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.

Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion. This is not a function of any other art.

There’s design, and there’s art. Good design is total harmony. There’s no better designer than nature – if you look at a branch or a leaf, it’s perfect. It’s all function. Art is different. It’s about emotion. It’s about suffering and beauty – but mostly suffering!

There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.

Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.

The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.

My shadow in my art is one way I trace who I was and where I have been. My shadow and I have been on a journey for quite a while now!

Professionalism in art has this difficulty: To be professional is to be dependable, to be dependable is to be predictable, and predictability is esthetically boring – an anti-virtue in a field where we hope to be astonished and startled and at some deep level refreshed.

In art, there is no need for color; I see only light and shade. Give me a crayon, and I will paint your portrait.

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.

The Bauhaus strives to bring together all creative effort into one whole, to reunify all the disciplines of practical art – sculpture, painting, handicrafts, and crafts – as inseparable components of a new architecture.

We are only beginning to learn what to say in a photograph. The world we live in is a succession of fleeting moments, any one of which might say something significant.

The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.

Riding a race bike is an art – a thing that you do because you feel something inside.

Programming is the art of algorithm design and the craft of debugging errant code.

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

Architecture is basically the design of interiors, the art of organizing interior space.

The person who knows one thing and does it better than anyone else, even if it only be the art of raising lentils, receives the crown he merits. If he raises all his energy to that end, he is a benefactor of mankind and its rewarded as such.

Cooking is an art form, a creative thing.

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.

Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.

Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.

The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art.

To me, music is art and fashion is art, but fame? Fame isn’t art, but the person you become when you’re famous – your alter ego – that’s art.

Everything great in science and art is simple. What can be less complicated than the greatest discoveries of humanity – gravitation, the compass, the printing press, the steam engine, the electric telegraph?

Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.

I enjoy art, architecture, museums, churches and temples; anything that gives me insight into the history and soul of the place I’m in. I can also be a beach bum – I like to laze in the shade of a palm tree with a good book or float in a warm sea at sundown.

Art is to be free. Design is to fix.

In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.

Furniture should always be comfortable. And always have a piece of art that you made somewhere in the home.

We at BMW do not build cars as consumer objects, just to drive from A to B. We build mobile works of art.

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

A picture is worth a thousand words.

I consider skateboarding an art form, a lifestyle and a sport. ‘Action sport’ would be the least offensive categorization.

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.

I started as a black and white photographer, but the colors I was seeing were just so lurid and compelling and awful at the same time. They got me looking at other contemporary art. I was gravitating more and more toward work that had visceral power, that wasn’t necessarily about being beautiful but had some kind of horror in the palette.

Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.

The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.

Theatre is the art form of the present: it exists only in the present, and then it’s gone.

Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesn’t look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself.

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people’s weaknesses.

I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in that art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible.

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.

Every good painter paints what he is.

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

A beautiful lady is an accident of nature. A beautiful old lady is a work of art.

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

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

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.

Personality is everything in art and poetry.

Art is feminine… Look, if you’re handsome and young and beautiful, well, people are always going to say that you’re gay.

The goal of art was the vital expression of self.

The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.

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

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

The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.

I feel like skateboarding is as much of a sport as a lifestyle, and an art form, so there’s so much that that transcends in terms of music, fashion, and entertainment.

Advertising is fundamentally persuasion and persuasion happens to be not a science, but an art.

Sometimes, being different feels a lot like being alone. But with that being said, being true to that and being true to my standards and my way of doing things in my art and my music, everything that has made me feel very different… in the end, it has made me the happiest.

They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.

That’s the magic of art and the magic of theatre: it has the power to transform an audience, an individual, or en masse, to transform them and give them an epiphanal experience that changes their life, opens their hearts and their minds and the way they think.

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

Bad people are, from the point of view of art, fascinating studies. They represent colour, variety and strangeness. Good people exasperate one’s reason; bad people stir one’s imagination.

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

I am a California girl, born and raised, so flip-flops and cutoff shorts are my go-to look. An easy Angeleno uniform, so to speak. But for my role on ‘Suits,’ I’m dressed in Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, and Prada almost every day. And therein lies the difference. For work, I wear art; in real life, I wear clothes.

Inspiration comes from everywhere: books, art, people on the street. It is an interior process for me.

Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live.

The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.

Someone made me a Leaf Coneybear finger puppet. Someone made me a portrait of me on some chocolate. I’m keeping it. I daren’t eat such a work of art. It’s so unique and so fun that fans do that. It’s incredibly flattering. I like it when people spend time on me. People don’t spend the same amount of time on my brother who’s an insurance broker.

I like to change. A new lamp, a piece of art, can transform a room.

No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone.

I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.

As long as you’re true to you, you believe it and you make others believe it, then what you’re doing is just art. If you give everybody a blank canvas and some paint, not everybody’s picture is going to be exactly the same, but it’s still art. I just do what I do.

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

I just love pretty things, whether it is art, a song or a pair of shoes.

A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.

Works of art often last forever, or nearly so. But exhibitions themselves, especially gallery exhibitions, are like flowers; they bloom and then they die, then exist only as memories, or pressed in magazines and books.

Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.

The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.

Music is art, and making watches is art, too.

The world is a slightly better place for having improvisation in it than it was before. There’s something about it that says something positive about the human spirit, that a bunch of people can get together and by following a few simple traffic rules can create art and can entertain an audience and can thrill and exalt each other.

Where thou art, that is home.

Acting and making art is just something I love to do, and I love to tell stories that feel important, honest and necessary.

For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art.

Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.

I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.

A museum is a spiritual place. People lower their voices when they get close to art.

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

Venice is the perfect place for a phase of art to die. No other city on earth embraces entropy quite like this magical floating mall.

The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.

Feelings aroused by the touch of someone’s hand, the sound of music, the smell of a flower, a beautiful sunset, a work of art, love, laughter, hope and faith – all work on both the unconscious and the conscious aspects of the self, and they have physiological consequences as well.

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.

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

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

Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.

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

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.

Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.

Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.

Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.

I am interested in mathematics only as a creative art.

I wanted to start a revolution, using art to build the sort of society I myself envisioned.

What I try to do is the art of building, and the art of building is the art of construction; it is not only about forms and shapes and images.

In the big picture, architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives.

Do activities you’re passionate about – which make your heart and soul feel perky – including things like working out, cooking, painting, writing, yoga, hiking, walking, swimming, being in nature, being around art, or reading inspiring books.

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.

A picture is a poem without words.

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

I realize that every picture isn’t a work of art.

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

All art is contemporary art because it had to be made when it was now.

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.

I’m not really sure what social message my art carries, if any. And I don’t really want it to carry one. I’m not interested in the subject matter to try to teach society anything, or to try to better our world in any way.

Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.

Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.

The art of leadership is not to spend your time measuring, evaluating. It’s all about selecting the person. And if you believe you selected the right person, then you give that person the freedom, the authority, the delegation to innovate and to lead with some very simple measure.

Violin playing is a physical art with great traditions behind it.

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.

It’s high time for the art world to admit that the avant-garde is dead. It was killed by my hero, Andy Warhol, who incorporated into his art all the gaudy commercial imagery of capitalism (like Campbell’s soup cans) that most artists had stubbornly scorned.

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.

Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.

Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It’s the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, ‘This is me, and I’m interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.’

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.

A lot of country music is sad. I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times. It applies to music. Three chords and the truth – that’s what a country song is. There is a lot of heartache in the world.

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.

I’ve always loved to paint – I was studying to do an art degree when I was approached to become a model – and I’ve being doing some design work as well. I also love just having a quiet time, sitting in my little library at home in Brooklyn and reading or watching documentaries or listening to music.

Dolls fire our collective imagination, for better and – too often – for worse. From life-size dolls the same height as the little girls who carry them, to dolls whose long hair can ‘grow’ longer, to Barbie and her fashionable sisters, dolls do double duty as child’s play and the focus of adult art and adult fear.

Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.

Technology is a compulsive and addictive way to live. Verbal communication cannot be lost because of a lack of skill. The ability to listen and learn is key to mastering the art of communication. If you don’t use your verbal skills and networking, it will disappear rapidly. Use technology wisely.

Cleanliness is the scourge of art.

You should never feel afraid to become a piece of art. It’s exhilarating.

Telling stories with visuals is an ancient art. We’ve been drawing pictures on cave walls for centuries. It’s like what they say about the perfect picture book. The art and the text stand alone, but together, they create something even better. Kids who need to can grab onto those graphic elements and find their way into the story.

When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.

I did study the art of being a barber because I wanted to figure out what my routine would be. Do you start in the front or back? Top or bottom? Swivel the chair or walk around? What I did discover is there’s no such thing as the perfect haircut!

My art is not limited to the songs I create but also to the reaction it creates. I like to sit back and look at the whole thing as if it’s a tornado that I’m controlling. It’s creating chaos. When you create chaos, ideas are turned upside down, and everybody looks at things in a different way.

It’s an art to live with pain… mix the light into gray.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

I’m free. I just do what I want, say what I want, say how I feel, and I don’t try to hurt nobody. I just try to make sure that I don’t compromise my art in any kind of way, and I think people respect that.

We can learn the art of fierce compassion – redefining strength, deconstructing isolation and renewing a sense of community, practicing letting go of rigid us-vs.-them thinking – while cultivating power and clarity in response to difficult situations.

I haven’t mastered the art of sitting and smiling.

Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.

Because advertising and marketing is an art, the solution to each new problem or challenge should begin with a blank canvas and an open mind, not with the nervous borrowings of other people’s mediocrities. That’s precisely what ‘trends’ are – a search for something ‘safe’ – and why a reliance on them leads to oblivion.

My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made.

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.

Creative without strategy is called ‘art.’ Creative with strategy is called ‘advertising.’

I’ve read that the ancient Chinese art of feng shui can bring a sense of peace, well-being, and positive energy to a home – same as beer.

Art in the classroom not only spurs creativity, it also inspires learning.

The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.

Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?

For me, fragrances are very – one of these beautiful art forms that bring about a whole host of things. It’s what you want to smell like, it’s memories that make you smile or are resonant of times in your life, it can remind you of music. If you’re a lover of scent, it’s a very kind of particular and evocative thing.

Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.

Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their lives a work of art – an individual masterpiece.

Just as pure abstract art is not dogmatic, neither is it decorative.

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.

The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary to management success.

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need.

Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.

Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.

Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.

Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

An art book is a museum without walls.

The beauty of a finely worked object points to the beauty of the craftsmanship. The beauty of the craftsmanship points to the beauty of the name which was the source of the craftsmanship. The beauty of the name of the craftsman’s art points to the beauty of the craftsman’s attributes manifested in that art.

The art of communication is the language of leadership.

Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form.

It is not up to me whether I win or lose. Ultimately, this might not be my day. And it is that philosophy towards sports, something that I really truly live by. I am emotional. I want to win. I am hungry. I am a competitor. I have that fire. But deep down, I truly enjoy the art of competing so much more than the result.

The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.

Baking is both an art and a science.

Clay can be dirt in the wrong hands, but clay can be art in the right hands.

Art is what you can get away with.

One thing about being a stand-up is it’s a one-man show. You gotta do everything. You’re the producer, writer, director, and the actor. You just gotta be out there and perform and give your all. It’s such an honest form of art that it just taught me so much, and it kind of prepared me for manhood at an early age.

I’ve come to understand that art is awesome and beautiful because it’s a reflection of life – but it’s just a reflection, and the real thing is my daughter.

I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.

Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.

I decided on the spot that I would be an artist, and I assure you, it was no ordinary artist I had in mind.

My art originates from hallucinations only I can see. I translate the hallucinations and obsessional images that plague me into sculptures and paintings.

The beauty of art is that it allows you to slow down, and for a moment, things that once seemed unfamiliar become precious to you.

Yesterday I was thinking about the whole idea of genius and creative people, and the notion that if you create some magical art, somehow that exempts you from having to pay attention to the small things.

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

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

Making sushi is an art, and experience is everything.

Movies become art after editing. Instead of just reproducing reality, they juxtapose images of it. That implies expression; that’s art.

The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail.

Art is inspiring. Walking into a gallery, or when the lights go up on a stage; that thrill of getting something that has nothing to do with acquisition.

Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.

Nature is the art of God.

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

All nature is but art unknown to thee.

The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.

I paint; I draw and paint – I’ve been doing that since I was in third grade, drawing realistically and then changing to abstract art. That was my first creative thing before guitar or comedy.

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.

Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.

Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.

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

Smiles come naturally to me, but I started thinking of them as an art form at my command. I studied all the time. I looked at magazines, I’d practice in front of the mirror and I’d ask photographers about the best angles. I can now pull out a smile at will.

In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.

Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

What is Art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the Real.

I’m giving into my tendency to want to blur and blend the lines between art and life, and privacy and sharing.

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.

Errors are not in the art but in the artificers.

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

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can’t eat it.

Where there is no human connection, there is no compassion. Without compassion, then community, commitment, loving-kindness, human understanding, and peace all shrivel. Individuals become isolated, the isolated turn cruel, and the tragic hovers in the forms of domestic and civil violence. Art and literature are antidotes to that.

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

Graffiti’s always been a temporary art form. You make your mark and then they scrub it off.

I’m the type of person who far prefers a vacation filled with trips to museums and art galleries, shopping and exploring vintage flea markets, people-watching at cafes, and discovering delicious restaurants as opposed to lounging on a beach for days on end.

Women are our most miraculous muse, an enchanted intangibility that encourages all art.

Art and nature shall always be wrestling until they eventually conquer one another so that the victory is the same stroke and line: that which is conquered, conquers at the same time.

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.

Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.

Cats are anthropomorphised in art because they are so laid back that you automatically attribute human thoughts and feelings to them.

No difficulty can discourage, no obstacle dismay, no trouble dishearten the man who has acquired the art of being alive. Difficulties are but dares of fate, obstacles but hurdles to try his skill, troubles but bitter tonics to give him strength; and he rises higher and looms greater after each encounter with adversity.

The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.

The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity.

The study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself. Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, is to become part of a process, to achieve an inner peace of mind. The motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon.

People who don’t like me talk about it as though I’m trash because I have tattoos. I find that insane because it’s 2008, not the 1950s. Tattoos aren’t limited to sailors. It’s a form of art I find beautiful. I love it.

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.

In art, at a certain level, there is no ‘better than.’ It’s just about trying to operate for yourself on the most supreme level, artistically, that you can and hoping that people get it. Trusting that, just because of the way people are built and how interconnected we are, greatness will translate and symmetry will be recognised.

There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.

If you’re not trying to be real, you don’t have to get it right. That’s art.

I always like to see if the art across the street is better than mine.

Filmmaking, like any other art, is a very profound means of human communication; beyond the professional pleasure of succeeding or the pain of failing, you do want your film to be seen, to communicate itself to other people.

A lot of cinematography is intuition. It’s an art, not a formula.

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

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

Jazz music is America’s past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it. The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come. It can remind us of where we fit on the time line of human achievement, an ultimate value of art.

The new job of art is to sit on the wall and get more expensive.

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

Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn.

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.

Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.

Art is the path to being spiritual.

The art of love is largely the art of persistence.

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

The true artist is not proud: he unfortunately sees that art has no limits; he feels darkly how far he is from the goal, and though he may be admired by others, he is sad not to have reached that point to which his better genius only appears as a distant, guiding sun.

Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.

I will never forget experiencing Venice for the first time. It feels like you are transported to another time – the art, music, food and pure romance in the air is like no other place.

Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.

The art of bread making can become a consuming hobby, and no matter how often and how many kinds of bread one has made, there always seems to be something new to learn.

Music is an expression of individuality; it’s how you see the world. All art is, for that matter. You take how you experience the world, interpret it, and send it out there – express it – whether it’s sculpture, dance or singing.

Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.

Insight is the first condition of Art.

O, you men who think or say that I am malevolent, stubborn or misanthropic, how greatly do you wrong me. You do not know the secret cause which makes me seem that way to you, and I would have ended my life – it was only my art that held me back. Ah, it seemed impossible to leave the world until I had brought forth all that I felt was within me.

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.

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

The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.

There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.

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

I feel like science and art are cousins.

The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It’s not what you see that is art; art is the gap.

I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: human creation is never perfect.

The whole art of war consists of guessing at what is on the other side of the hill.

Every human is an artist. And this is the main art that we have: the creation of our story.

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

Japanese people accept that art and commerce will be blended; and, in fact, they are surprised by the rigid and pretentious Western hierarchy of ‘high art.’

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.

Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.

Sculpture is an art of the open air. Daylight, sunlight, is necessary to it, and for me, its best setting and complement is nature.

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.

Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art.

A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.

There is nothing in the world of art like the songs mother used to sing.

I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.

Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man’s cruelty and baseness.

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

Use the creative process – singing, writing, art, dance, whatever – to get to know yourself better.

A blind man can make art if what is in his mind can be passed to another mind in some tangible form.

Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.

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

Nothing is art if it does not come from nature.

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.

Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.’ The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of ‘Artist.’

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.

My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art.

Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.

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

The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.

Art is not a thing; it is a way.

Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn.

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.

Through a painting we can see the whole world.

My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind.

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.

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

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.

I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.

Washington, D.C., has everything that Rome, Paris and London have in the way of great architecture – great power bases. Washington has obelisks and pyramids and underground tunnels and great art and a whole shadow world that we really don’t see.

It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.

‘Healing,’ Papa would tell me, ‘is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.’

In winter, the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity. Summer is more wooing and seductive, more versatile and human, appeals to the affections and the sentiments, and fosters inquiry and the art impulse.

Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.

To array a man’s will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.

I think good art does come from a dark place.

With just one polka dot, nothing can be achieved. In the universe, there is the sun, the moon, the earth, and hundreds of millions of stars. All of us live in the unfathomable mystery and infinitude of the universe. Pursuing ‘philosophy of the universe’ through art under such circumstances has led me to what I call ‘stereotypical repetition.’

There is no must in art because art is free.

Space is the breath of art.

Society is like a large piece of frozen water; and skating well is the great art of social life.

I never know what I’m going to put on the canvas. The canvas paints itself. I’m just the middleman.

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.

All I tell artists is, ‘Do what you love. Never let anybody talk you into changing what your musical idea is just to try to get a hit, because you’re chasing your tail that way. It’s not going to happen, and if you’re successful, you have to do it the rest of your life. Stay true to it and do it for the sake of the art.’

My daughter loves to do art stuff. As a father, I like to play with her. We break out the big pads of paper and the glitter and all the stuff. She likes to do what she likes to do. I want to do something, too. So I’ve just started using her same materials – a lot of crayons, a lot of sparkle, charcoal, pencils, markers and glue.

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