‘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

‘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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

‘An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.’ – Charles Bukowski

‘Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and express your pleasure strongly.’ – Pierre Bonnard

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

‘Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.’ – Jean Cocteau

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

‘Art is either plagiarism or revolution.’ – Paul Gauguin

‘If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.’ – Honore de Balzac

‘The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.’ – Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

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

‘Painting is by nature a luminous language.’ – Robert Delaunay

‘I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.’ – Roy Lichtenstein

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

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

‘When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration.’ – Edward Steichen

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

‘Life is short, the art long.’ – Hippocrates

‘Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort.’ – Robert Quillen

‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ – Unknown

‘There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.’ – Georges Braque

‘A picture is a poem without words.’ – Horace

‘Painting and writing are solitary arts.’ – Conrad Hall

‘An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.’ – James Whistler

‘Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.’ – Don Miguel Ruiz

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

‘Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible.’ – Balthus

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

‘Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.’ – Harry S Truman

‘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

‘The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.’ – Dale Carnegie

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

‘Art is nature speeded up and God slowed down.’ – Malcolm de Chazal

‘I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.’ – Le Corbusier

‘Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour.’ – Giotto di Bondone

‘An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.’ – Langston Hughes

‘Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.’ – Twyla Tharp

‘The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.’ – George Sand

‘Art resides in the quality of doing, process is not magic.’ – Charles Eames

‘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

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

‘Art is not a thing; it is a way.’ – Elbert Hubbard

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

‘My hand is the extension of the thinking process – the creative process.’ – Tadao Ando

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

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

‘Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.’ – Frank Zappa

‘Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.’ – Stephen Sondheim

‘All art is but imitation of nature.’ – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

‘An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.’ – Paul Valery

‘The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.’ – Francis Bacon

‘Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.’ – Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

‘Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.’ – Thomas Wolfe

‘Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.’ – John Ruskin

‘Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?’ – M. C. Escher

‘I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.’ – Diane Arbus

‘When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.’ – Robert Mapplethorpe

‘Art is a harmony parallel with nature.’ – Paul Cezanne

‘Through a painting we can see the whole world.’ – Hans Hofmann

‘The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist.’ – David Hockney

‘Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.’ – Andre Gide

‘There is nothing new in art except talent.’ – Anton Chekhov

‘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

‘Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.’ – Theodor W. Adorno

‘Art cannot be modern. Art is primordially eternal.’ – Egon Schiele

‘The basis of art is truth, both in matter and in mode.’ – Flannery O’Connor

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

‘Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love.’ – Alfred Sisley

‘I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.’ – Marcel Duchamp

‘Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.’ – Khalil Gibran

‘Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.’ – Agnes Martin

‘Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.’ – Pablo Picasso

‘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

‘Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.’ – Igor Stravinsky

‘What is art but a way of seeing? – Saul Bellow’ – Saul Bellow

‘It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.’ – Oscar Wilde

‘All art is dependent on technology because it’s a human endeavour, so even when you’re using charcoal on a wall or designed the proscenium arch, that’s technology.’ – George Lucas

‘Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art.’ – Constantin Stanislavski

‘A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.’ – Eugene Ionesco

‘I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.’ – Francis Ford Coppola

‘Art is pattern informed by sensibility.’ – Herbert Read

‘Personality is everything in art and poetry.’ – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

‘Art must take reality by surprise.’ – Francoise Sagan

‘What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.’ – Edward Hopper

‘If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.’ – Arne Jacobsen

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

‘Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.’ – Peter De Vries

‘Layer by layer art strips life bare.’ – Robert Musil

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

‘Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.’ – Mary Schmich

‘Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.’ – Ambrose Bierce

‘The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.’ – Abraham Lincoln

‘Art is a revolt against fate. All art is a revolt against man’s fate.’ – Andre Malraux

‘I don’t understand it. Jack will spend any amount of money to buy votes but he balks at investing a thousand dollars in a beautiful painting.’ – Jackie Kennedy

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

‘One’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes.’ – Andrew Wyeth

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

‘I rarely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body.’ – Barbara Hepworth

‘An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.’ – George Santayana

‘I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.’ – William Butler Yeats

‘A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.’ – Gertrude Stein

‘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.’ – Alfred Eisenstaedt

‘The perfection of art is to conceal art.’ – Quintilian

‘Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.’ – Al Capp

‘There hasn’t been any art yet. Art is just beginning.’ – Constantin Brancusi

‘I decided on the spot that I would be an artist, and I assure you, it was no ordinary artist I had in mind.’ – Henry Ossawa Tanner

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

‘An empty canvas is full.’ – Robert Rauschenberg

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

‘Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.’ – Rene Magritte

‘The mission of art is to represent nature not to imitate her.’ – William Morris Hunt

‘Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.’ – Miguel de Unamuno

‘Artists live in unknown spaces and give themselves over to following something unknown.’ – Kiki Smith

‘It’s clever, but is it Art?’ – Rudyard Kipling

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

‘All good art is an indiscretion.’ – Tennessee Williams

‘Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.’ – Jean Rostand

‘If you know somethin’ well, you can always paint it but people would be better off buyin’ chickens.’ – Grandma Moses

‘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.’ – W. Somerset Maugham

‘Art is the triumph over chaos.’ – John Cheever

‘Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.’ – Lincoln Steffens

‘Art is the daughter of freedom.’ – Friedrich Schiller

‘Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.’ – Jackson Pollock

‘We have art in order not to die of the truth.’ – Friedrich Nietzsche

‘My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art.’ – Clara Schumann

‘Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.’ – William Wordsworth

‘Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.’ – Michelangelo

‘To be an artist includes much; one must possess many gifts – absolute gifts – which have not been acquired by one’s own effort. And, moreover, to succeed, the artist much possess the courageous soul.’ – Kate Chopin

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

‘That’s the motivation of an artist – to seek attention of some kind.’ – James Taylor

‘I am not strong on perfection.’ – Jasper Johns

‘There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.’ – Ansel Adams

‘Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child, in whom we trace the features of the mother’s face, her aspect and her attitude.’ – Beck

‘Artists don’t make objects. Artists make mythologies.’ – Anish Kapoor

‘The best artists know what to leave out.’ – Charles de Lint

‘What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.’ – John Berger

‘A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas.’ – Charles Dudley Warner

‘An empty canvas is a living wonder… far lovelier than certain pictures.’ – Wassily Kandinsky

‘Art is too serious to be taken seriously.’ – Ad Reinhardt

‘A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.’ – Joshua Reynolds

‘Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.’ – Salvador Dali

‘An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.’ – J. D. Salinger

‘I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.’ – Barbra Streisand

‘Art hurts. Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home.’ – Gwendolyn Brooks

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

‘I think of my peace paintings as one long poem, with each painting being a single stanza.’ – Robert Indiana

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

‘Insight is the first condition of Art.’ – George Henry Lewes

‘Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience.’ – Chuck Close

‘One eye sees, the other feels.’ – Paul Klee

‘My love of fine art increased – the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see.’ – J. Paul Getty

‘What marks the artist is his power to shape the material of pain we all have.’ – Lionel Trilling

‘My attitude towards drawing is not necessarily about drawing. It’s about making the best kind of image I can make, it’s about talking as clearly as I can.’ – Jim Dine

‘Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.’ – Nathaniel Hawthorne

‘To curb the machine and limit art to handicraft is a denial of opportunity.’ – Lewis Mumford

‘With an apple I will astonish Paris.’ – Paul Cezanne

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

‘In an artwork you’re always looking for artistic decisions, so an ashtray is perfect. An ashtray has got life and death.’ – Damien Hirst

‘Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.’ – Edgard Varese

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

‘I see myself and many artists like me as the torchbearers through these dark ages.’ – John Zorn

‘Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.’ – Iris Murdoch

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

‘Every artist was first an amateur.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Trying to force creativity is never good.’ – Sarah McLachlan

‘To paint is a possessing rather than a picturing.’ – Philip Guston

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

‘It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.’ – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.’ – John Ciardi

‘The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.’ – Novalis

‘I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.’ – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

‘Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.’ – David Hockney

‘An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.’ – Willem de Kooning

‘Wherever art appears, life disappears.’ – Robert Motherwell

‘I cry out for order and find it only in art.’ – Helen Hayes

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

‘Be careful that you do not write or paint anything that is not your own, that you don’t know in your own soul.’ – Emily Carr

‘Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.’ – Jean Cocteau

‘Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.’ – Henri Matisse

‘Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.’ – Albert Camus

‘Rules and models destroy genius and art.’ – William Hazlitt

‘The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.’ – Jerzy Kosinski

‘Most art is fragile and some should be placed and never moved away.’ – Donald Judd

‘Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.’ – Edward Steichen

‘When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others, to bring them into the process.’ – Jim Hodges

‘To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there’s no such thing as perfect.’ – Alexander Calder

‘What I wish to show when I paint is the way I see things with my eyes and in my heart.’ – Raoul Dufy

‘Every good painter paints what he is.’ – Jackson Pollock

‘Great art picks up where nature ends.’ – Marc Chagall

‘Impressionism; it is the birth of Light in painting.’ – Robert Delaunay

‘When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one’s imagination.’ – Ellen Key

‘Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.’ – George Bernard Shaw

‘Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers – and never succeeding.’ – Gian Carlo Menotti

‘All great art is born of the metropolis.’ – Ezra Pound

‘Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.’ – Alfred de Vigny

‘The history of art is the history of revivals.’ – Samuel Butler

‘Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?’ – Paul Gauguin

‘A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.’ – Michelangelo

‘A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.’ – Alexander Pope

‘Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.’ – Ambrose Bierce

‘I’m not gonna give the British Government the joy of keeping taxing me. They don’t tax art. And all my cars are just a collection of art.’ – Jay Kay

‘The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.’ – Ansel Adams

‘The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don’t dare reveal.’ – Elia Kazan

‘You begin with the possibilities of the material.’ – Robert Rauschenberg

‘Art is anything people do with distinction.’ – Louis Dudek

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

‘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

‘The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.’ – Carl Rogers

‘The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.’ – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.’ – Leonardo da Vinci

‘It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.’ – Alfred Eisenstaedt

‘True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.’ – Albert Einstein

‘Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.’ – Andre Gide

‘Great artists suffer for the people.’ – Marvin Gaye

‘Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.’ – Oscar Wilde

‘Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.’ – Henri Matisse

‘Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.’ – Gustave Flaubert

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

‘It is not in life, but in art that self-fulfillment is to be found.’ – Wilson Mizner

‘In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.’ – Edgar Degas

‘The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.’ – Theodor W. Adorno

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

‘Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.’ – John Ruskin

‘Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.’ – Kary Mullis

‘One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil.’ – Balthus

‘The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of elimination.’ – Elbert Hubbard

‘A line is a dot that went for a walk.’ – Paul Klee

‘The vitality of a new movement in Art must be gauged by the fury it arouses.’ – Logan Pearsall Smith

‘The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.’ – Jackson Pollock

‘If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.’ – Anais Nin

‘Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas.’ – Georges Braque

‘A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.’ – Henry Moore

‘I had always planned to make a large painting of the early spring, when the first leaves are at the bottom of the trees, and they seem to float in space in a wonderful way. But the arrival of spring can’t be done in one picture.’ – David Hockney

‘The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.’ – D. H. Lawrence

‘A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.’ – Oscar Wilde

‘Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.’ – Marshall McLuhan

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

‘Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.’ – Elizabeth Bowen

‘The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.’ – Salvador Dali

‘Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.’ – Francis Bacon

‘In art as in love, instinct is enough.’ – Anatole France

‘Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don’t believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art’s sake.’ – E. M. Forster

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

‘All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.’ – Iris Murdoch

‘The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor.’ – J. Paul Getty

‘The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.’ – Henry Miller

‘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

‘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

‘I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.’ – Ernst Fischer

‘The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.’ – Hendrik Willem Van Loon

‘That’s why people listen to music or look at paintings. To get in touch with that wholeness.’ – Corita Kent

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

‘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.’ – Leo Tolstoy

‘Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.’ – Lionel Trilling

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

‘Art depends on luck and talent.’ – Francis Ford Coppola

‘A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.’ – Albert Camus

‘I will preach with my brush.’ – Henry Ossawa Tanner

‘The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art’s audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.’ – Paul Gauguin

‘I’ve never really had a hobby, unless you count art, which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby since I hadn’t made money with it.’ – Laurie Anderson

‘With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.’ – Henri Matisse

‘I realize that protest paintings are not exactly in vogue, but I’ve done many.’ – Robert Indiana

‘Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.’ – Edward Steichen

‘The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.’ – Jerzy Kosinski

‘In art, the obvious is a sin.’ – Edward Dmytryk

‘Art is the most beautiful of all lies.’ – Claude Debussy

‘Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.’ – Gilbert K. Chesterton

‘Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.’ – Franz Liszt

‘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

‘Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.’ – Friedrich Schiller

‘The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.’ – Cyril Connolly

‘Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.’ – Leonardo da Vinci

‘The artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history.’ – Robert Rauschenberg

‘An artist carries on throughout his life a mysterious, uninterrupted conversation with his public.’ – Maurice Chevalier

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

‘No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.’ – Theodore Bikel

‘When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it – a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand – as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there’s a clash between the two, it’s bad art.’ – Marc Chagall

‘I hope to live all my life for my art, without abandoning my principles one iota.’ – Gustave Courbet

‘I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.’ – Albert Einstein

‘Painting seems like some kind of peculiar miracle that I need to have again and again.’ – Philip Guston

‘Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?’ – Ludwig van Beethoven

‘When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.’ – Alfred Eisenstaedt

‘If you cannot learn to love real art, at least learn to hate sham art and reject it.’ – William Morris

‘Pictures must not be too picturesque.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny.’ – Georges Braque

‘The worst state of affairs is when science begins to concern itself with art.’ – Paul Klee

‘I think an artist’s responsibility is more complex than people realize.’ – Jodie Foster

‘Of all lies, art is the least untrue.’ – Gustave Flaubert

‘Art for art’s sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.’ – Frank Lloyd Wright

‘When artists make art, they shouldn’t question whether it is permissible to do one thing or another.’ – Sol LeWitt

‘I paint with shapes.’ – Alexander Calder

‘The Japanese have a wonderful sense of design and a refinement in their art. They try to produce beautiful paintings with the minimum number of strokes.’ – David Rockefeller

‘Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers… What we call art is a game.’ – Octavio Paz

‘So vast is art, so narrow human wit.’ – Alexander Pope

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

‘In art the best is good enough.’ – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.’ – Jean Cocteau

‘Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.’ – Arthur Erickson

‘What I didn’t know was I was deeply attracted to the big space.’ – David Hockney

‘Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.’ – Marshall McLuhan

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

‘Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.’ – Ansel Adams

‘My painting does not come from the easel.’ – Jackson Pollock

‘Every artist writes his own autobiography.’ – Havelock Ellis

‘My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind.’ – Agnes Martin

‘A painting that is well composed is half finished.’ – Pierre Bonnard

‘To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.’ – Robert Mapplethorpe

‘I was the least Pop of all the Pop artists.’ – Robert Indiana

‘Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul.’ – Louis Kahn

‘Of what use were the arts if they were only the reproduction and the imitation of life?’ – Alfred de Vigny

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

‘Great art is an instant arrested in eternity.’ – James Huneker

‘Art is man’s expression of his joy in labor.’ – Henry Kissinger

‘The philistine provides the best definition of art. Anything that makes him rage is first class.’ – Louis Dudek

‘When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.’ – Paul Cezanne

‘I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.’ – Auguste Rodin

‘An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.’ – Jean Cocteau

‘It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.’ – Max Eastman

‘Summer is a great time to visit art museums, which offer the refreshing rinse of swimming pools – only instead of cool water, you immerse yourself in art.’ – Jerry Saltz

‘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

‘Art is science made clear.’ – Wilson Mizner

‘My eyes were made to erase all that is ugly.’ – Raoul Dufy

‘Artists themselves are not confined, but their output is.’ – Robert Smithson

‘Paint the essential character of things.’ – Camille Pissarro

‘It may be that the deep necessity of art is the examination of self-deception.’ – Robert Motherwell

‘Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.’ – Robert Delaunay

‘Time extracts various values from a painter’s work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is.’ – Henri Matisse

‘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

‘Art is Art. Everything else is everything else.’ – Ad Reinhardt

‘The worse my drawings were, the more beautiful did the originals appear.’ – John James Audubon

‘All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.’ – Havelock Ellis

‘The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.’ – Sun Tzu

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

‘It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.’ – Albert Einstein

‘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.’ – Martin Luther

‘Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.’ – Dwight D. Eisenhower

‘Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.’ – Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

‘Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.’ – John W. Gardner

‘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.’ – Paulo Coelho

‘Art is never finished, only abandoned.’ – Leonardo da Vinci

‘The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.’ – William Hazlitt

‘I am a walking piece of art every day, with my dreams and my ambitions forward at all times in an effort to inspire my fans to lead their life in that way.’ – Lady Gaga

‘You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.’ – George Bernard Shaw

‘Music is God’s gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven.’ – Walter Savage Landor

‘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.’ – Groucho Marx

‘Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.’ – Isaac Newton

‘Art is the objectification of feeling.’ – Herman Melville

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

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

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

‘The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.’ – Douglas Horton

‘Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.’ – Malcolm Forbes

‘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.’ – John Wooden

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

‘I wanted to start a revolution, using art to build the sort of society I myself envisioned.’ – Yayoi Kusama

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

‘Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.’ – Andy Warhol

‘Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.’ – Boris Pasternak

‘A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.’ – Albert Camus

‘Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.’ – Don Marquis

‘Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.’ – Oscar Wilde

‘There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.’ – Morihei Ueshiba

‘It is hard to separate the art from the artist.’ – Juice Wrld

‘The temple of art is built in words.’ – Josiah Gilbert Holland

‘The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.’ – Voltaire

‘The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.’ – Anatole France

‘Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For, those, whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow. Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.’ – John Donne

‘Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.’ – Paul Klee

‘Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.’ – Julia Morgan

‘To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.’ – Simone de Beauvoir

‘The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.’ – George Edward Moore

‘Architecture is the art of how to waste space.’ – Philip Johnson

‘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.’ – Thich Nhat Hanh

‘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.’ – Ulysses S. Grant

‘The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.’ – Thomas Berger

‘He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.’ – William Blake

‘I don’t like to say I have given my life to art. I prefer to say art has given me my life.’ – Frank Stella

‘I owe much to mother. She had an expert’s understanding, but also approached art emotionally.’ – David Rockefeller

‘Nothing is art if it does not come from nature.’ – Antoni Gaudi

‘Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.’ – Karl Marx

‘There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.’ – William Shakespeare

‘Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.’ – Herbie Hancock

‘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.’ – Paracelsus

‘In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.’ – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

‘The art of communication is the language of leadership.’ – James Humes

‘The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.’ – Tony Blair

‘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.’ – Octavia E. Butler

‘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.’ – Ludwig van Beethoven

‘The true art of memory is the art of attention.’ – Samuel Johnson

‘All the world old is queer save thee and me, and even thou art a little queer.’ – Robert Owen

‘Nature is the art of God.’ – Dante Alighieri

‘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.’ – Thornton Wilder

‘Clay can be dirt in the wrong hands, but clay can be art in the right hands.’ – Lupita Nyong’o

‘Art is to be free. Design is to fix.’ – Kanye West

‘I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.’ – Jean-Michel Basquiat

‘I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.’ – Keith Haring

‘Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.’ – H. L. Mencken

‘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.’ – Frederic Chopin

‘Music is science more than art, and it is the main code of the universe.’ – Vangelis

‘Space is the breath of art.’ – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

‘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.’ – Kurt Vonnegut

‘The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.’ – Mark Van Doren

‘The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.’ – Epicurus

‘Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.’ – Ernest Benn

‘My dad is white, he’s an art history teacher, he’s very traditional.’ – Miquita Oliver

‘Art is the window to man’s soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within.’ – Lady Bird Johnson

‘A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.’ – Ludwig Erhard

‘Politics is the art of controlling your environment.’ – Hunter S. Thompson

‘The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.’ – William James

‘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.’ – Tony Hawk

‘Jazz is the art of thinking out loud.’ – Barbara Januszkiewicz

‘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.’ – Brian Stokes Mitchell

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

‘Cinema is an art form that is designed to go across borders. And as a filmmaker, the only way I can direct a movie is when I feel close to my culture.’ – Denis Villeneuve

‘Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.’ – Harold Coffin

‘Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.’ – Jimmy Carter

‘Art is a subjective thing, and it should be a subjective thing. And the difficulty of subjectivity is that it becomes hugely problematized when you start applying large sums of money to art objects. That’s where it all starts to get a bit sticky.’ – Tim Crouch

‘The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.’ – Lord Byron

‘The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art.’ – John Lasseter

‘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.” – Edgar Allan Poe

‘Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?’ – James Montgomery

‘An artist never works under ideal conditions. If they existed, his work wouldn’t exist, for the artist doesn’t live in a vacuum. Some sort of pressure must exist. The artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect, as man wouldn’t look for harmony but would simply live in it.’ – Andrei Tarkovsky

‘Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.’ – Plato

‘Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.’ – Harvey Fierstein

‘Advertising is fundamentally persuasion and persuasion happens to be not a science, but an art.’ – William Bernbach

‘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.’ – Paul Hawken

‘When I was making my debut as an artist, I felt that it was very important that I try to combine the background of my own culture, my people, and the country into the contemporary art world. So that’s how I came up with the term ‘superflat.” – Takashi Murakami

‘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.’ – Ray Bradbury

‘Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn.’ – Norman McLaren

‘You don’t have to compose a masterpiece every time, but I think the challenge of art is always searching for something different, searching for a new sensitivity, a new perspective, a new vision.’ – Ludovico Einaudi

‘There is no must in art because art is free.’ – Wassily Kandinsky

‘Art is not supposed to change the world, to change practical things, but to change perceptions. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an analogy.’ – JR

‘Art’s everything we hope life would be, a lot of times.’ – Frank Ocean

‘Where thou art, that is home.’ – Emily Dickinson

‘Art is the path to being spiritual.’ – Piet Mondrian

‘I would love to have my own show, and whatever movies come up, that would be fun to do too. But I love TV, and I love the art of the half-hour sitcom.’ – Lindsey Shaw

‘You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it.’ – Gustave Flaubert

‘A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.’ – Steve Prefontaine

‘Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.’ – William Osler

‘The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘I look at music like an art form, so it’s almost like painting for me, you know?’ – Melanie Martinez

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

‘Football is an art, like dancing is an art – but only when it’s well done does it become an art.’ – Arsene Wenger

‘Modesty: the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.’ – Oliver Herford

‘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.’ – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

‘Art is longing. You never arrive, but you keep going in the hope that you will.’ – Anselm Kiefer

‘A museum is a spiritual place. People lower their voices when they get close to art.’ – Mario Botta

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

‘Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art.’ – Philip James Bailey

‘To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.’ – Giorgio de Chirico

‘You’ve got to invest in the world, you’ve got to read, you’ve got to go to art galleries, you’ve got to find out the names of plants. You’ve got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We’re amazing people.’ – Vivienne Westwood

‘I don’t make a particular distinction between ‘high art’ and ‘low art.’ Music is there for everybody. It’s a river we can all put our cups into and drink it and be sustained by it.’ – John Williams

‘Art is all in the details.’ – Christian Marclay

‘Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.’ – Saint Augustine

‘The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself.’ – Emmet Fox

‘Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.’ – Arthur Schopenhauer

‘Muhammad Ali – he was a magnificent fighter and he was an icon… Every head must bow, every knee must bend, every tongue must confess, thou art the greatest, the greatest of all time, Muhammad, Muhammad Ali.’ – Don King

‘All art is propaganda, and ever must be, despite the wailing of the purists. I stand in utter shamelessness and say that whatever art I have for writing has been used always for propaganda for gaining the right of black folk to love and enjoy. I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda.’ – W. E. B. Du Bois

‘I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That’s art to me.’ – Maya Lin

‘Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.’ – John Kenneth Galbraith

‘Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life.’ – Hermann Hesse

‘The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.’ – Theo Jansen

‘I believe art is utterly important. It is one of the things that could save us.’ – Mary Oliver

‘I like to learn. That’s an art and a science.’ – Katherine Johnson

‘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.’ – Paul Rand

‘Cleanliness is the scourge of art.’ – Craig Brown

‘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.’ – Benjamin Disraeli

‘Economics is not an exact science. It’s a combination of an art and elements of science. And that’s almost the first and last lesson to be learned about economics: that in my judgment, we are not converging toward exactitude, but we’re improving our data bases and our ways of reasoning about them.’ – Paul Samuelson

‘O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.’ – Christopher Marlowe

‘In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.’ – Georg Cantor

‘Art is messy, art is chaos – so you need a system.’ – Andrew Stanton

‘The purpose of art actually is, in many cases, to make you feel quite uncomfortable. Or at least to go to that place that’s already of discomfort inside of you and tap into that.’ – Michael Moore

‘If my art has nothing to do with people’s pain and sorrow, what is ‘art’ for?’ – Ai Weiwei

‘The art of being a slave is to rule one’s master.’ – Diogenes

‘There is no royal road to learning; no short cut to the acquirement of any art.’ – Anthony Trollope

‘One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit.’ – Alexander Pope

‘Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do.’ – Donald Knuth

‘All art is political in the sense that it serves someone’s politics.’ – August Wilson

‘Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.’ – Ingmar Bergman

‘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.” – Ashton Kutcher

‘The art of love is largely the art of persistence.’ – Albert Ellis

‘Knowing how to dress is an art.’ – Rosalia

‘Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it.’ – Duke Ellington

‘Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I’ve a call.’ – Sylvia Plath

‘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.’ – Julia Child

‘In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.’ – Marc Chagall

‘My art is a form of restoration in terms of my feelings to myself and to others.’ – Louise Bourgeois

‘So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on; and if that system is to last for ever, then art is doomed, and will surely die; that is to say, civilization will die.’ – William Morris

‘People like abstract art because it makes them feel clever.’ – James Acaster

‘Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.’ – Samuel Butler

‘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.’ – Maria Sibylla Merian

‘Cooking well, with love, is an art.’ – Asha Bhosle

‘The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.’ – Glenn Gould

‘Music is the biggest tool of revolution – the best way to reach out to the youth and involve them. If you can’t contribute to the world with your art, I don’t see the meaning of life.’ – Kailash Kher

‘Performance art is about joy, about making something that’s so full of kind of a wild joy that you really can’t put into words.’ – Laurie Anderson

‘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.’ – Elliott Erwitt

‘Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.’ – Woody Allen

‘At its best, what art does is, it points to who we as human beings and what we as human beings value. And if Black Lives Matter, they deserve to be in paintings.’ – Kehinde Wiley

‘Art is my life and my life is art.’ – Yoko Ono

‘The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.’ – John Keats

‘History develops, art stands still.’ – E. M. Forster

‘Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.’ – Confucius

‘Diplomacy, n. is the art of letting somebody else have your way.’ – David Frost

‘There is in fact no such thing as art for art’s sake, art that stands above classes, art that is detached from or independent of politics. Proletarian literature and art are part of the whole proletarian revolutionary cause.’ – Mao Zedong

‘You cannot live to please everyone else. You have to edify, educate and fulfill your own dreams and destiny, and hope that whatever your art is that you’re putting out there, if it’s received, great, I respect you for receiving it. If it’s not received, great, I respect you for not.’ – Octavia Spencer

‘Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.’ – Thomas Hardy

‘When God created you, He went to great lengths to make you exactly the way He wanted you to be. You are His ultimate work of art.’ – Victoria Osteen

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

‘Art should be an oasis: a place or refuge from the hardness of life.’ – Fernando Botero

‘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.’ – David Sanborn

‘Land really is the best art.’ – Andy Warhol

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

‘Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.’ – Laurence J. Peter

‘Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.’ – Henri Poincare

‘I think people don’t realize how little of being an artist is making art.’ – Mitski

‘If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it.’ – Andrew Denton

‘Music is art, art is life, and we are who we are, and all of these aforementioned women, unless they should choose not to, will be performing well into the next many decades because they are great artists.’ – Lara St. John

‘Opera is the ultimate art form. It has singing and music and drama and dance and emotion and story.’ – Diane Paulus

‘Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.’ – Maya Angelou

‘Art itself is knowledge of the spiritual world. Art is information from higher forces, by those who are talented. I’m not jiving.’ – Fela Kuti

‘The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes ah, that is where the art resides.’ – Artur Schnabel

‘The art of living is the art of knowing how to believe lies.’ – Cesare Pavese

‘All art is contemporary art because it had to be made when it was now.’ – James Turrell

‘Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.’ – Ossie Davis

‘Art is what defines us, what makes us human.’ – Jan Vogler

‘The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.’ – Jawaharlal Nehru

‘A beautiful lady is an accident of nature. A beautiful old lady is a work of art.’ – Louis Nizer

‘We have to support our local artists. It’s just that simple. Otherwise, we will have no art.’ – Al Jourgensen

‘No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.’ – Rainer Maria Rilke

‘Society is like a large piece of frozen water; and skating well is the great art of social life.’ – Letitia Elizabeth Landon

‘Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can’t articulate.’ – Mos Def

‘Politics is the art of the possible.’ – Otto von Bismarck

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

‘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.’ – Lindsey Stirling

‘The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary to management success.’ – James Cash Penney

‘Chefs are artists, and I couldn’t be happy with my art if I was forced to use cheap ingredients.’ – Nobu Matsuhisa

‘Art is made in hindsight.’ – Virgil Abloh

‘Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.’ – Susan Sontag

‘What interests me most is when a work of art is no longer just an object, but also touches reality and life.’ – Miuccia Prada

‘Art is I; science is we.’ – Claude Bernard

‘Each mountain in the Dolomites is like a piece of art.’ – Reinhold Messner

‘Our Father which art in heaven – Stay there – And we will stay on earth – Which is sometimes so pretty.’ – Jacques Prevert

‘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.’ – Steven Wright

‘Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I’ve always called myself an illustrator. I’m not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.’ – Norman Rockwell

‘The job of art is to chase ugliness away.’ – Bono

‘By the will art thou lost, by the will art thou found, by the will art thou free, captive, and bound.’ – Angelus Silesius

‘The work of art is a scream of freedom.’ – Christo

‘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.’ – Jerry Saltz

‘Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.’ – Henry Louis Gates

‘When one loves one’s Art no service seems too hard.’ – O. Henry

‘To me, snowboarding is really an art form, and I think every athlete, every snowboarder has her own style, and that makes them stand out.’ – Chloe Kim

‘Creative without strategy is called ‘art.’ Creative with strategy is called ‘advertising.” – Jef I. Richards

‘Anybody can direct a picture once they know the fundamentals. Directing is not a mystery, it’s not an art. The main thing about directing is: photograph the people’s eyes.’ – John Ford

‘I’m always trying to find ‘connections’ between things. That art is the juxtaposition of a lot of things that seem unrelated but add up to something recognizable.’ – Pat Metheny

‘It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.’ – Anais Nin

‘Art is everywhere, and everywhere is art.’ – Brandon Boyd

‘Art is activism.’ – Angie Thomas

‘Really I don’t like human nature unless all candied over with art.’ – Virginia Woolf

‘Art is essentially communication. It doesn’t exist in a vacuum. That’s why people make art, so other people can relate to it.’ – Conor Oberst

‘Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way that I feel in the mornings.’ – David Bowie

‘Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully.’ – William Cullen Bryant

‘Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.’ – Auguste Rodin

‘I love cafe culture, art and intellect, the long hello and sweet goodbye.’ – Melody Gardot

‘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.’ – Helen Frankenthaler

‘Let each man exercise the art he knows.’ – Aristophanes

‘The cinema is not a craft. It is an art. It does not mean teamwork. One is always alone on the set as before the blank page. And to be alone… means to ask questions. And to make films means to answer them.’ – Jean-Luc Godard

‘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.’ – Charles Baudelaire

‘Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself say things you didn’t know you knew. It is a learned skill to force yourself to articulate your life, your present world or your possibilities for the future.’ – David Whyte

‘Trash has given us an appetite for art.’ – Pauline Kael

‘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.’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.

‘If you learn a martial art, you learn to be dangerous, but simultaneously, you learn to control it.’ – Jordan Peterson

‘A nice blend of prediction and surprise seem to be at the heart of the best art.’ – Wendy Carlos

‘For me, sampling is a high art. Most people don’t see it that way, but it’s a beautiful thing. I wouldn’t know anything about music if it wasn’t for samples.’ – JPEGMAFIA

‘I think that cinema is medium of communication. It’s as valid as novels or fine art.’ – Ken Loach

‘Art should be created for life, not for the museum.’ – Jean Nouvel

‘Hip-hop don’t have no fresh energy, none at all. It’s money driven, everybody tryin’ to make that cheque, nobody putting art in their albums any more.’ – Andre Benjamin

‘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.’ – Wynton Marsalis

‘I believe art is a connection, like passing on a flame.’ – Wangechi Mutu

‘Queer art is as much about starting conversations as it is about making dramatic statements.’ – Sasha Velour

‘In every work of art the subject is primordial, whether the artist knows it or not. The measure of the formal qualities is only a sign of the measure of the artist’s obsession with his subject; the form is always in proportion to the obsession.’ – Alberto Giacometti

‘Film editing is now something almost everyone can do at a simple level and enjoy it, but to take it to a higher level requires the same dedication and persistence that any art form does.’ – Walter Murch

‘We are all born artists… Almost everything kids do is art.’ – William McDonough

‘I don’t watch television, I think it destroys the art of talking about oneself.’ – Stephen Fry

‘I collect art, and I drink wine… things that I like that I had never been exposed to. But I never said, ‘I’m going to buy art to impress this crowd.’ That’s just ridiculous to me. I don’t live my life like that, because how could you be happy with yourself?’ – Jay-Z

‘Diplomacy: the art of restraining power.’ – Henry Kissinger

‘The educator must believe in the potential power of his pupil, and he must employ all his art in seeking to bring his pupil to experience this power.’ – Alfred Adler

‘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.’ – Said Nursi

‘The real art of conducting consists in transitions.’ – Gustav Mahler

‘Art isn’t complete until it’s shared.’ – Seph Lawless

‘Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can’t invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.’ – D. H. Lawrence

‘Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.’ – Daniel Bell

‘My focus is my art, and that’s what I love to do. I have to be really passionate in order to do something. I’ve turned down many things that I just didn’t believe in.’ – Beyonce Knowles

‘Art owes its origin to Nature herself… this beautiful creation, the world, supplied the first model, while the original teacher was that divine intelligence which has not only made us superior to the other animals, but like God Himself, if I may venture to say it.’ – Giorgio Vasari

‘We go to the theater to be entertained, but if what is left after you watch the movie is a sort of eye-opening perspective on some social issues, then it can be a really powerful piece of art.’ – Jordan Peele

‘Just as the science and art of agriculture depend upon chemistry and botany, so the art of education depends upon physiology and psychology.’ – Edward Thorndike

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

‘There is art and beauty and power in the primal images of fantasy.’ – Guillermo del Toro

‘Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.’ – Walter Winchell

‘Filmmaking is a completely imperfect art form that takes years and, over those years, the movie tells you what it is. Mistakes happen, accidents happen and true great films are the results of those mistakes and the decisions that those directors make during those moments.’ – Jason Reitman

‘We are concerned with the relationship between art and life. Contemporary art is only intelligible in terms of its relationship to our life.’ – David Elliott

‘Art is the most beautiful deception of all. And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it, we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it become a utilitarian thing, sad as a factory.’ – Claude Debussy

‘I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost – that is important.’ – Jacques-Henri Lartigue

‘Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.’ – Tom Stoppard

‘To make a good film is an art. Gender is irrelevant when it comes to craft of filmmaking.’ – Zoya Akhtar

‘The whole art of war consists of guessing at what is on the other side of the hill.’ – Duke of Wellington

‘Any artist, the work you do, if it’s a painting or if it’s a performance, you hope it translates to a common denominator with the people that they see something in their own life in there. Or they see something in somebody else’s life. That’s what’s fun about sharing art.’ – Matthew McConaughey

‘Look. Art knows no prejudice, art knows no boundaries, art doesn’t really have judgement in it’s purest form. So just go, just go.’ – K. D. Lang

‘Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.’ – Victor Hugo

‘Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.’ – Marianne Moore

‘Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.’ – Evelyn Waugh

‘Food can be expressive and therefore food can be art.’ – Grant Achatz

‘Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn.’ – Martin Amis

‘Originality is the art of concealing your source.’ – Franklin P. Jones

‘I’ve always enjoyed feeling a connection to the avant-garde, such as Dada and surrealism and pop art. The only thing the artist can do is be honest with themselves and make the art they want to make. That’s what I’ve always done.’ – Jeff Koons

‘I see games… as the ultimate combination of art and technology.’ – Todd Howard

‘If you want to be an actor, you must have total, ruthless commitment to your art. Don’t be ambitious for fame or TV or movies. Art is a jealous mistress and will brook no competitors. Study all the time. Never stop reading. Never stop learning speeches. It will fill you up – define and refine you.’ – Steven Berkoff

‘Art is the objectification of feeling, and the subjectification of nature.’ – Susanne Langer

‘The state of female artists is very good. But the very definition of art has been biased in that ‘art’ was what men did in a European tradition and ‘crafts’ were what women and natives did. But it’s actually all the same.’ – Gloria Steinem

‘Art is a way to express yourself and through that you can escape a bad situation.’ – Russell Simmons

‘An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.’ – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

‘Women are our most miraculous muse, an enchanted intangibility that encourages all art.’ – CeeLo Green

‘I think sometimes in the art world theres an implication that you need an entry-level education to walk through the door of a gallery. But you dont. The learning experience actually happens once youre in the gallery.’ – Grayson Perry

‘Art never improves, but… the material of art is never quite the same.’ – T. S. Eliot

‘Politicians are masters of the art of deception.’ – Martin L. Gross

‘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.’ – Karen Salmansohn

‘The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.’ – John Foster Dulles

‘I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can’t help it. It’s the truth.’ – Charlie Chaplin

‘Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words.’ – Franz Liszt

‘We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.’ – Henry James

‘I think of horror films as art, as films of confrontation. Films that make you confront aspects of your own life that are difficult to face. Just because you’re making a horror film doesn’t mean you can’t make an artful film.’ – David Cronenberg

‘At the end of the day, I just do my job. I love my art. But I genuinely want to change the world. I’m very generous, and I really want people to see that I am – that’s really it.’ – Millie Bobby Brown

‘I always say film is art, theater is life and television is furniture.’ – Kenny Leon

‘The construction of Europe is an art. It is the art of the possible.’ – Jacques Chirac

‘Real art is basic emotion. If a scene is handled with simplicity – and I don’t mean simple – it’ll be good, and the public will know it.’ – John Wayne

‘Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.’ – Cyril Connolly

‘Building a bridge, in my opinion, is a symbolic gesture, linked with the needs of people who cross over it, and with the idea of overcoming or surmounting obstacles. A modern bridge can also be a work of art. It helps to shape our daily lives and becomes a vital experience for all the people who use it.’ – Santiago Calatrava

‘Art is not an investment. Art is something you buy because you are financially solvent enough to give yourself a pleasure of living with great works rather than having to just see them in museums. People who are buying art at the top of the market as an investment are foolish.’ – Arne Glimcher

‘Art is anything you can get away with.’ – Marshall McLuhan

‘My job is art curator, not artist. All I have ever wanted to do is immerse myself in art, to enjoy it, to learn about it, to write about it, to talk to others about it.’ – Hans-Ulrich Obrist

‘Logic is neither a science nor an art, but a dodge.’ – Benjamin Jowett

‘Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.’ – Bertrand Russell

‘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.’ – Henri Matisse

‘Nature is the most beautiful thing we have. It’s better than art because it’s from the creator.’ – Olivia Newton-John

‘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.’ – Willie Nelson

‘Real power is being able to take care of yourself. My job is to make art, but I aspire to do more than that.’ – Daniel Caesar

‘All songs, all pieces of art, reflect the world that they were made in and the values of those artists and the hopes and aspirations of the people who listen to that music and who made that music.’ – Hozier

‘Music and art and culture is escapism, and escapism sometimes is healthy for people to get away from reality. The problem is when they stay there.’ – Chuck D

‘The modern tradition is the tradition of revolt. The French Revolution is still our model today: history is violent change, and this change goes by the name of progress. I do not know whether these notions really apply to art.’ – Octavio Paz

‘We have no obligation to make history. We have no obligation to make art. We have no obligation to make a statement. Our obligation is to make money.’ – Don Simpson

‘Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.’ – Guy Kawasaki

‘It’s a great excuse and luxury, having a job and blaming it for your inability to do your own art. When you don’t have to work, you are left with the horror of facing your own lack of imagination and your own emptiness. A devastating possibility when finally time is your own.’ – Julian Schnabel

‘Art is always in the eyes of the beholder. Only posterity has the right to point out our mistakes.’ – Len Wein

‘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.’ – Edvard Munch

‘Myth and fairy-story must, as all art, reflect and contain in solution elements of moral and religious truth (or error), but not explicit, not in the known form of the primary ‘real’ world.’ – J. R. R. Tolkien

‘Education is the art of making man ethical.’ – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

‘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.’ – Oscar Wilde

‘To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.’ – Will Durant

‘All art is theft.’ – David Shields

‘The whole aspect of cinema and film festivals should be a moment to come together and celebrate art and humanity. It would be a shame if there was such a divide.’ – Keanu Reeves

‘I really do believe that art changes the landscape of the world.’ – Marc Jacobs

‘Jazz is known all over the world as an American musical art form and that’s it. No America, no jazz. I’ve seen people try to connect it to other countries, for instance to Africa, but it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with Africa.’ – Art Blakey

‘I think it’s the pain and suffering that drive you to become an artist. The art itself should be the pain, sort of exorcising every demon and making you feel like you’re a person that matters.’ – Marilyn Manson

‘I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist, but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.’ – Michael Palin

‘It is essential to do everything possible to attract young people to opera so they can see that it is not some antiquated art form but a repository of the most glorious music and drama that man has created.’ – Bruce Beresford

‘A picture book is a small door to the enormous world of the visual arts, and they’re often the first art a young person sees.’ – Tomie dePaola

‘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.’ – Pierre Nanterme

‘Faeries are associated with wild untamed nature, with art, and with death – so the folklore is rich with different stories to explore.’ – Holly Black

‘Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do.’ – Elizabeth Bowen

‘Art is accusation, expression, passion. Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper.’ – Gunter Grass

‘My older brother Joel became an art teacher; my brother Rip ultimately became a television producer and singer and actor himself.’ – Billy Crystal

‘I don’t believe in the school of hard knocks, although I’ve had them. All that stuff about whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is so not true. Do you know what makes you stronger? When people treat you and your art with dignity.’ – Lana Del Rey

‘Patience is the art of hoping.’ – Luc de Clapiers

‘Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.’ – Margot Fonteyn

‘Perhaps it’s good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he’s happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?’ – Aldous Huxley

‘Architects, sculptors painters, we all must return to the crafts! For art is not a ‘profession.’ There is no essential difference between the artist and the craftsman. The artist is an exalted craftsman.’ – Walter Gropius

‘Art is life’s dream interpretation.’ – Otto Rank

‘A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.’ – George Bernard Shaw

‘Cooking is an art, but all art requires knowing something about the techniques and materials. Using modernist techniques, you get more control, and that allows you to be more artistic, not less!’ – Nathan Myhrvold

‘I don’t think you can create art out of anger; it has to come out of some form of understanding. You have to feel good about who you are and that you could do something to change things.’ – Faith Ringgold

‘Songwriting’s never been a natural art for me; it’s always been a bit of a struggle.’ – Rod Stewart

‘Those who gave thee a body, furnished it with weakness; but He who gave thee Soul, armed thee with resolution. Employ it, and thou art wise; be wise and thou art happy.’ – Akhenaton

‘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.’ – George Lois

‘Art is maybe a subversive activity. There is a certain rebellion when you are an artist at heart, even if only in the art of living.’ – Philippe Petit

‘Reason clears and plants the wilderness of the imagination to harvest the wheat of art.’ – Austin O’Malley

‘Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is its soliloquy.’ – Franz Werfel

‘Art is a deception that creates real emotions – a lie that creates a truth. And when you give yourself over to that deception, it becomes magic.’ – Marco Tempest

‘The rule in the art world is: you cater to the masses or you kowtow to the elite; you can’t have both.’ – Ben Hecht

‘The world is wide. No two days are alike, nor even two hours, neither were there ever two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of all the world; and the genuine productions of art, like those of nature, are all distinct from each other.’ – John Constable

‘Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.’ – F. Scott Fitzgerald

‘Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.’ – Victor Pinchuk

‘I’m very much of the opinion that theatre is a collective art form, not just one person’s vision.’ – Marianne Elliott

‘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.’ – Erykah Badu

‘In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth.’ – Patti Smith

‘Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.’ – Alvar Aalto

‘I go to make art as who I am as a person. The fact that I am a woman comes into play maybe in the kinds of things I’m interested in or in the way I structure a canvas.’ – Judy Chicago

‘I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed.’ – Steve Lacy

‘All art is erotic.’ – Gustav Klimt

‘When one lives in a society where people can no longer rely on the institutions to tell them the truth, the truth must come from culture and art.’ – John Trudell

‘Some like to think that a keen appreciation of art can actually make us better people – more just, more moral, more sensitive, more understanding. Perhaps that is true – in certain rare, isolated cases.’ – Paul Auster

‘You never know when contemporary art is going to insinuate itself into a normally art-free zone.’ – Roberta Smith

‘There is nothing in the world of art like the songs mother used to sing.’ – Billy Sunday

‘Enjoying art is a personal matter. It’s made up by contemplation, silence, abstraction.’ – Renzo Piano

‘Owning vinyl is like having a beautiful painting hanging in your living room. It’s something you can hold, pore over the lyrics, and immerse yourself in the art work.’ – Steven Wilson

‘When art has changed, it’s because the world was changing.’ – Corita Kent

‘The end of art is peace.’ – Seamus Heaney

‘If you’re a persistent soul artistically, you’ll find the truth of your art.’ – Ken Jeong

‘Art is not living. It is the use of living.’ – Audre Lorde

‘Piano playing is a dying art. I love the fact that I can be one guy with one instrument evoking an emotional and musical experience.’ – Jon Bon Jovi

‘Models are there to look like mannequins, not like real people. Art and illusion are supposed to be fantasy.’ – Grace Jones

‘Every work of art is a great promise of escape and, therefore, like an open invitation.’ – Maurizio Cattelan

‘The importance of art is in the process of doing it, in the learning experience where the artist interacts with whatever is being made.’ – Roy Lichtenstein

‘I think music is the greatest art form that exists, and I think people listen to music for different reasons, and it serves different purposes. Some of it is background music, and some of it is things that might affect a person’s day, if not their life, or change an attitude. The best songs are the ones that make you feel something.’ – Eddie Vedder

‘Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.’ – Ted Shawn

‘Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself.’ – Henry Miller

‘Art is not a pastime but a priesthood.’ – Jean Cocteau

‘The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.’ – Orson Welles

‘I don’t get why radio shows allow artists to do shows without creative control, without any art direction at all. Instead of that, I get their press guys, their camera guys to be my backdrop of my show.’ – Travis Scott

‘Visual storytelling utilizes both language and art to pass on the essence of who we are.’ – Debbie Millman

‘The body is your instrument in dance, but your art is outside that creature, the body.’ – Martha Graham

‘Fine art is knowledge made visible.’ – Gustave Courbet

‘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.’ – Bryant H. McGill

‘The great art of films does not consist of descriptive movement of face and body but in the movements of thought and soul transmitted in a kind of intense isolation.’ – Louise Brooks

‘When we teach in pluralistic ways, there are two wonderful dividends. First of all, we reach more students, because some learn best through stories, some through works of art, some through role play etc. Second of all, we show what it is like really to understand something.’ – Howard Gardner

‘I’m not a megaphone sort of guy. I just let my art talk for itself.’ – Anh Do

‘Overtaking is one thing. That is an art. But defending as well. You should be able to defend your position.’ – Max Verstappen

‘Art thou the King of the Jews?’ – Pontius Pilate

‘The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.’ – Leonardo da Vinci

‘The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.’ – Albert Einstein

‘Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.’ – Chinua Achebe

‘Makeup is an art form for me. It’s a form of expression, and it’s such a cool way to get my creative juices flowing.’ – James Charles

‘Live theater is an amorphous art, constantly shifting and evolving with every performance.’ – Andrew Keenan-Bolger

‘Politics with me isn’t theater. It’s performance art. Sometimes, for its own sake.’ – Roger Stone

‘I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.’ – Andy Warhol

‘Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art. They seem to be the purpose of God for his whole creation.’ – Richard Holloway

‘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.’ – Sun Tzu

‘Just as Darwin discovered the law of development of organic nature, so Marx discovered the law of development of human history: the simple fact, hitherto concealed by an overgrowth of ideology, that mankind must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing, before it can pursue politics, science, art, religion, etc.’ – Friedrich Engels

‘I learned the life of business, commerce – it’s an art.’ – Emmanuel Macron

‘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.’ – Zendaya

‘I’ve always thought photography is not so much of an art form but a way of communicating and passing on information.’ – Don McCullin

‘The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly – to develop strategies of seeing and showing.’ – Edward Tufte

‘I didn’t have any interest in traditional art.’ – Cindy Sherman

‘We do not judge great art. It judges us.’ – Caroline Gordon

‘Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them.’ – Blaise Pascal

‘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.’ – Bjarke Ingels

‘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.’ – Dan Brown

‘Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.’ – James Joyce

‘Memory is a great artist. For every man and for every woman it makes the recollection of his or her life a work of art and an unfaithful record.’ – Andre Maurois

‘Art is a process of delivering or arranging elements that appeal to the emotions of a person looking at it. It’s what you feel.’ – Shaquille O’Neal

‘Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.’ – Edmund Burke

‘Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.’ – Alfred North Whitehead

‘In the 1960s when the recording studio suddenly really took off as a tool, it was the kids from art school who knew how to use it, not the kids from music school. Music students were all stuck in the notion of music as performance, ephemeral. Whereas for art students, music as painting? They knew how to do that.’ – Brian Eno

‘To be creative means to connect. It’s to abolish the gap between the body, the mind and the soul, between science and art, between fiction and nonfiction.’ – Nawal El Saadawi

‘My mother was an artist, and I was fairly good at art as a child. I was always the best drawer in class, except in second grade when an artistic genius passed through our school! – Natalie Babbitt’ – Natalie Babbitt

‘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.’ – Chris Pine

‘Filmmaking can be a fine art.’ – Terri Windling

‘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.’ – Andy Goldsworthy

‘Violin playing is a physical art with great traditions behind it.’ – Vanessa Mae

‘Art Nouveau got its inspiration from nature. The Bauhaus got its inspiration from engineering.’ – P. J. O’Rourke

‘Programming is the art of algorithm design and the craft of debugging errant code.’ – Ellen Ullman

‘The old, sad art colors are gone. Now I paint bright colors. I paint paintings which are happy, where children are laughing and playing with animals. I paint paradise on Earth. I still paint sadness sometimes, but there is sadness in the world, too.’ – Margaret Keane

‘If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust.’ – Alan Rickman

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

‘If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.’ – Albrecht Durer

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

‘Gardening always has been an art, essentially.’ – Robert Irwin

‘The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.’ – Walter Benjamin

‘You can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not understand that imagination is a value in itself.’ – Milan Kundera

‘By the late Nineties, we had become a more visual nation. Big-money taste moved to global standards – new architecture, design and show-off contemporary art. The Sloane domestic aesthetic – symmetry, class symbolism and brown furniture – became as unfashionable as it had been hot in the early Eighties.’ – Peter York

‘The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle.’ – Stanley Kubrick

‘I think the more you understand myths, the more you understand the roots of our culture and the more things will resonate. Do you have to know them? No, but certainly it is nice to recognise how deeply these things are embedded in our literature, our art.’ – Rick Riordan

‘A strong work of art really leaves people speechless. They feel a little angry because they don’t understand it.’ – Michael Heizer

‘The art of acting is not to act. Once you show them more, what you show them, in fact is bad acting.’ – Anthony Hopkins

‘Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form.’ – Toni Morrison

‘All art is exorcism. I paint dreams and visions too; the dreams and visions of my time. Painting is the effort to produce order; order in yourself. There is much chaos in me, much chaos in our time.’ – Otto Dix

‘Until I began to learn to draw, I was never much interested in looking at art.’ – Richard P. Feynman

‘The art of reading between the lines is as old as manipulated information.’ – Serge Schmemann

‘Life doesn’t last; art doesn’t last. It doesn’t matter.’ – Eva Hesse

‘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.’ – Aristotle

‘The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.’ – Erich Fromm

‘It is the addition of strangeness to beauty that constitutes the romantic character in art.’ – Walter Hagen

‘I think that art has the ability to capture people’s imaginations and make them think that more is possible.’ – Shepard Fairey

‘The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.’ – Frank Lloyd Wright

‘Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.’ – Joseph Conrad

‘The most momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.’ – Pythagoras

‘Just as there is no substitute for original works of art, there is no substitute for the world of direct sensual experience.’ – Paul Mellon

‘Picasso said, ‘Art is a lie that tells the truth.’ What if you just want to tell the truth and not lie about it?’ – Nicolas Cage

‘I like the art of making money more than the money.’ – Richard Rawlings

‘Thought is more important than art. To revere art and have no understanding of the process that forces it into existence, is finally not even to understand what art is.’ – Amiri Baraka

‘Good art in general aspires to something, as a good painting aspires to something, almost spiritual or holy.’ – Gerhard Richter

‘I got my diploma from Ealing College of Art, in graphics and illustration.’ – Freddie Mercury

‘You don’t have to know anything about art to appreciate it or to look at it. There aren’t any hidden secrets or things that you’re supposed to understand.’ – Keith Haring

‘Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.’ – Andre Bazin

‘Many great works of art, poetry, and music are inspired by astral memories. The desire to do noble, beautiful things here on Earth is also often a carryover of astral experiences between a person’s earth lives.’ – Paramahansa Yogananda

‘Art exists for the human species. I think that all of the people who love art, those who teach art, and all of you should burn with the obligation to save the world.’ – Shinichi Suzuki

‘We recommend for the training of teachers not only a considerable artistic education in general but special attention to the art of reading.’ – Maria Montessori

‘Dior Couture is like art – they are the art pieces of a fashion house. Each piece is unique and made by hand.’ – Patrick Demarchelier

‘My wife Victoria Harwood was art director on ‘Far North,’ and she had designed my student film, ‘The Sheep Thief.” – Asif Kapadia

‘My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art.’ – Jimi Hendrix

‘Film is a collaborative art form. I don’t know why you wouldn’t recognize the stunt performers.’ – David Leitch

‘As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction.’ – Stan Getz

‘Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples.’ – Franklin D. Roosevelt

‘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.’ – Cardi B

‘Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.’ – Robert Frost

‘Mime is an art beyond words. It is the art of the essential. And you cannot lie. You have to show the truth.’ – Marcel Marceau

‘Art may imitate life, but life imitates TV.’ – Ani DiFranco

‘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.’ – Frank Ocean

‘You know, Castle’s the kind of guy that when he meets somebody, that’s a connection for him. He remains connected to the people that he meets. That’s the kind of guy he is, be they criminals, gangster rappers, mafia guys, art thieves, whoever it is, he nurtures those relationships.’ – Nathan Fillion

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

‘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.’ – Rick Pitino

‘And I have exposed myself to art so that my work has something beyond just the usual potter.’ – Beatrice Wood

‘People pull from drag culture because drag artists are – it’s the ultimate art form and it’s the last underdog art form. I mean, even clowns have college, you know what I mean? Drag queens, you have to learn drag from another drag queen.’ – Bob the Drag Queen

‘I like to read and listen to music and go for walks and travel and see art. I enjoy cooking and eating and spending time with my family. I don’t really find myself searching for things on the television very much.’ – James Spader

‘When you go to an art museum, the thing you’re least likely to encounter is a picture of a black person. When it comes to ideas about art and about beauty, the black figure is absent.’ – Kerry James Marshall

‘When fashion sweeps in, artists follow suit. I think this is the malady of contemporary art.’ – Gao Xingjian

‘The art of medicine was to be properly learned only from its practice and its exercise.’ – Thomas Sydenham

‘For me, there is very little difference between magic and art. To me, the ultimate act of magic is to create something from nothing: It’s like when the stage magician pulls the rabbit from the hat.’ – Alan Moore

‘If I were not able to separate the art from the artists, I think I would limit myself a great deal, and life wouldn’t be nearly as interesting.’ – Jessye Norman

‘Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s.’ – Camille Paglia

‘The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.’ – Gustave Flaubert

‘But, after all, the aim of art is to create space – space that is not compromised by decoration or illustration, space within which the subjects of painting can live.’ – Frank Stella

‘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.’ – Ludwig van Beethoven

‘Art is made to disturb, science reassures.’ – Georges Braque

‘Art is about changing what we see in our everyday lives and representing it in such a way that it gives us hope.’ – Kehinde Wiley

‘Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.’ – William Blake

‘Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.’ – Hippocrates

‘The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.’ – Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

‘The main thing in making art often is letting go of your expectation and your idea.’ – Agnes Martin

‘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.” – Yayoi Kusama

‘Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force.’ – Oscar Wilde

‘Art is born of humiliation.’ – W. H. Auden

‘To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.’ – Morihei Ueshiba

‘Art will never be able to exist without nature.’ – Pierre Bonnard

‘Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.’ – Martin Luther

‘Just as pure abstract art is not dogmatic, neither is it decorative.’ – Piet Mondrian

‘Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.’ – Pablo Picasso

‘The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.’ – Honore de Balzac

‘Art raises its head where creeds relax.’ – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

‘Hip-hop is the last true folk art.’ – Mos Def

‘Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language.’ – Marshall McLuhan

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

‘Art is nothing if you don’t reach every segment of the people.’ – Keith Haring

‘The style of ancient Egyptian art is transcendently clear, something 8-year-olds can recognize in an instant. Its consistency and codification is one of the most epic visual journeys in all art, one that lasts 30 dynasties spread over 3,000 years.’ – Jerry Saltz

‘Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.’ – Claude Debussy

‘To create a work of art is to create the world.’ – Wassily Kandinsky

‘If only America would realize that the art of Europe is finished – dead – and that America is the country of the art of the future, instead of trying to base everything she does on European traditions!’ – Marcel Duchamp

‘We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art.’ – Salvador Dali

‘All art really does is keep you focused on questions of humanity, and it really is about how do we get on with our maker.’ – David Bowie

‘Art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic.’ – Oscar Wilde

‘A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.’ – Paul Cezanne

‘Widespread state control over art and culture has left no room for freedom of expression in the country. For more than 60 years, anyone with a dissenting opinion has been suppressed. Chinese art is merely a product: it avoids any meaningful engagement. There is no larger context. Its only purpose is to charm viewers with its ambiguity.’ – Ai Weiwei

‘Art is what you can get away with.’ – Andy Warhol

‘The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.’ – Aldous Huxley

‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.’ – Pablo Picasso

‘Modernity is the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, which make up one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immutable. This transitory fugitive element, which is constantly changing, must not be despised or neglected.’ – Charles Baudelaire

‘Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.’ – Dwight D. Eisenhower

‘Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity.’ – Yoko Ono

‘If I didn’t choose art, I would have become an astronomer.’ – Peter Max

‘Architecture is basically the design of interiors, the art of organizing interior space.’ – Philip Johnson

‘What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.’ – Octavio Paz

‘Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump.’ – Auguste Rodin

‘I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.’ – Jean-Michel Basquiat

‘The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.’ – Jean Cocteau

‘The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it.’ – Gustave Courbet

‘So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.’ – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

‘Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.’ – Frank Lloyd Wright

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

‘Obviously, the cinematography of films is art, just as a still shot can be art. If I’m watching a Wes Anderson movie, the colour palettes alone, and the way they’re painted, could be art. With music, you’re a little bit limited, of course, because it’s only audio.’ – Frank Ocean

‘Art is an attempt to integrate evil.’ – Simone de Beauvoir

‘Life is an illusion. I am held together in the nothingness by art.’ – Anselm Kiefer

‘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.’ – C. S. Lewis

”Crazy’ is a term of art; ‘Insane’ is a term of law. Remember that, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble.’ – Hunter S. Thompson

‘The value of art is in the observer.’ – Agnes Martin

‘Art and science have their meeting point in method.’ – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

‘I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his ‘divine service.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

‘The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.’ – Sun Tzu

‘There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone.’ – Duke Ellington

‘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.’ – Ludwig van Beethoven

‘I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.’ – Khalil Gibran

‘I think your ego gets in the way of making something good because it kind of blinds you from the actual art.’ – Mitski

‘Creative output, you know, is just pain. I’m going to be cliche for a minute and say that great art comes from pain.’ – Kanye West

‘In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.’ – Julia Child

‘Surely all art is the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.’ – Rainer Maria Rilke

‘Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.’ – Aristotle

‘Every human is an artist. And this is the main art that we have: the creation of our story.’ – Don Miguel Ruiz

‘To do a dull thing with style-now that’s what I call art.’ – Charles Bukowski

‘In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.’ – Rabindranath Tagore

‘History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created.’ – William Morris

‘When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man’s life.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred in the room.’ – Jonathan Swift

‘Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild.’ – Dante Alighieri

‘Art is for everybody.’ – Keith Haring

‘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.’ – Roy Lichtenstein

‘No art is any good unless you can feel how it’s put together. By and large it’s the eye, the hand and if it’s any good, you feel the body. Most of the best stuff seems to be a complete gesture, the totality of the artist’s body; you can really lean on it.’ – Frank Stella

‘Making sushi is an art, and experience is everything.’ – Nobu Matsuhisa

‘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.’ – Kehinde Wiley

‘Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.’ – Pablo Picasso

‘Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn.’ – John Updike

‘Every bit of me is devoted to love and art. And I aspire to try to be a teacher to my young fans who feel just like I felt when I was younger. I just felt like a freak. I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m trying to liberate them, I want to free them of their fears and make them feel that they can make their own space in the world.’ – Lady Gaga

‘A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist’s world.’ – Hans Hofmann

‘To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.’ – Herman Melville

‘Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.’ – Jean-Luc Godard

‘It has become progressively clearer that the plastic expression of true reality is attained through dynamic movement in equilibrium. Plastic art affirms that equilibrium can only be established through the balance of unequal but equivalent oppositions.’ – Piet Mondrian

‘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.’ – John Wooden

‘Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.’ – Victor Hugo

‘Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before.’ – Gloria Steinem

‘Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also.’ – Charles Horton Cooley

‘Art is a form of experience of the person, the place, the history of the people, and as black people, we are different. We hail from Africa to America, so the culture is mixed, from the African to the American. We can’t drop that. It’s reflected in the music, the dance, the poetry, and the art.’ – Faith Ringgold

‘I love having my hands in the dirt. It is never a science and always an art. There are no rules. And if it comes down to me versus that weed I’m trying to pull out of the ground that doesn’t want to come out? I know I’ll win.’ – Matthew McConaughey

‘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.’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.

‘Art is a process. Its expressing yourself and doing something, and throwing yourself into it and getting better at it and trying again. Thats what its about.’ – Grayson Perry

‘Certainly there is, for the American Negro artist who can escape the restrictions the more advanced among his own group would put upon him, a great field of unused material ready for his art.’ – Langston Hughes

‘Can art change the world? Maybe… we should change the question: Can art change people’s lives?’ – JR

‘Art is the provocation for talking about enigma and the search for sense in human life. One can do that by telling a story or writing about a fresco by Giotto or studying how a snail climbs up a wall.’ – John Berger

‘I do not deny that I have made drawings and watercolors of an erotic nature. But they are always works of art. Are there no artists who have done erotic pictures?’ – Egon Schiele

‘The art of pleasing is the art of deception.’ – Luc de Clapiers

‘There is more to representing art than selling art. The life of the gallery is dependent on the renewal and refreshment of its artists and dealers. When that stops happening, it’s the end.’ – Arne Glimcher

‘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.’ – Edward Hopper

‘Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.’ – Samuel Johnson

‘I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art – and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position.’ – Marcel Duchamp

‘As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.’ – Albrecht Durer

‘Nature is a divine art; it cannot be the artist. It is a dominical book and cannot be the scribe. It is an embroidery and cannot be the embroiderer. It is a register and cannot be the accountant. It is the law and cannot be the power.’ – Said Nursi

‘My philosophy is that I’m an artist. I perform an art not with a paint brush or a camera. I perform with bodily movement. Instead of exhibiting my art in a museum or a book or on canvas, I exhibit my art in front of the multitudes.’ – Steve Prefontaine

‘An art book is a museum without walls.’ – Andre Malraux

‘It is a symbol of Irish art. The cracked looking-glass of a servant.’ – James Joyce

‘Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.’ – Will Durant

‘I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.’ – Walt Whitman

‘The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.’ – Paul Cezanne

‘He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.’ – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.’ – Friedrich Nietzsche

‘Film will only became an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper.’ – Jean Cocteau

‘Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.’ – Ansel Adams

‘The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.’ – George Bernard Shaw

‘Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own which can never be repeated.’ – Wassily Kandinsky

‘What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.’ – W. H. Auden

‘Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.’ – William Blake

‘It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.’ – Oscar Wilde

‘I’m for mechanical art. When I took up silk screening, it was to more fully exploit the preconceived image through the commercial techniques of multiple reproduction.’ – Andy Warhol

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

‘What is art? Nature concentrated.’ – Honore de Balzac

‘Life is not an exact science, it is an art.’ – Samuel Butler

‘The art is long, life is short.’ – Hippocrates

‘The interpretation of dreams is a great art.’ – Paracelsus

‘To array a man’s will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.’ – Henry Ward Beecher

‘Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.’ – Ambrose Bierce

‘African art is functional, it serves a purpose. It’s not a dormant. It’s not a means to collect the largest cheering section. It should be healing, a source a joy. Spreading positive vibrations.’ – Mos Def

‘I don’t see any boundaries between any of the art forms. I think they all inter-relate completely.’ – David Bowie

‘If commercialization is putting my art on a shirt so that a kid who can’t afford a $30,000 painting can buy one, then I’m all for it.’ – Keith Haring

‘Everybody has called Pop Art ‘American’ painting, but it’s actually industrial painting.’ – Roy Lichtenstein

‘Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.’ – Claude Monet

‘Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.’ – Martin Luther

‘Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.’ – William Hazlitt

‘The Chinese art world does not exist. In a society that restricts individual freedoms and violates human rights, anything that calls itself creative or independent is a pretence. It is impossible for a totalitarian society to create anything with passion and imagination.’ – Ai Weiwei

‘Art is like breathing for me. If I don’t do it, I start to choke.’ – Yoko Ono

‘As I create art, it is like a love affair. My days go by loving what I do.’ – Peter Max

‘Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image.’ – Aldous Huxley

‘Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.’ – Charles Baudelaire

‘Architecture is art, nothing else.’ – Philip Johnson

‘One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.’ – Morihei Ueshiba

‘The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.’ – Jackson Pollock

‘Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.’ – Pablo Picasso

‘All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex and vital.’ – Oscar Wilde

‘Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.’ – Friedrich Nietzsche

‘We live in an age when the traditional great subjects – the human form, the landscape, even newer traditions such as abstract expressionism – are daily devalued by commercial art.’ – Andy Warhol

‘In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.’ – Sun Tzu

‘I think that the destructive element is too much neglected in art.’ – Piet Mondrian

‘I want to make exalted art. A successful image has pictorial lift. I am looking for whatever is up there.’ – Frank Stella

‘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.’ – Frank Ocean

‘If art can be at the service of anything, it’s about letting us see a state of grace for those people who rarely get to be able to be seen that way.’ – Kehinde Wiley

‘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.’ – Aristotle

‘If your choice enters into it, then taste is involved – bad taste, good taste, uninteresting taste. Taste is the enemy of art, A-R-T.’ – Marcel Duchamp

‘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.’ – Salvador Dali

‘She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.’ – George Bernard Shaw

‘The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.’ – Pablo Picasso

‘With few exceptions, music has been for some centuries the art which has devoted itself not to the reproduction of natural phenomena, but rather to the expression of the artist’s soul, in musical sound.’ – Wassily Kandinsky

‘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.’ – Michelangelo

‘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.’ – Oscar Wilde

‘The public needs art – and it is the responsibility of a ‘self-proclaimed artist’ to realize that the public needs art, and not to make bourgeois art for a few and ignore the masses.’ – Keith Haring

‘Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.’ – Friedrich Nietzsche

‘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.’ – Andy Warhol

‘Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.’ – Pablo Picasso

‘All art is quite useless.’ – Oscar Wilde