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Pablo Picasso
“Everything you can imagine is real.” 
 Pablo Picasso
Rainbow Rowell
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” 
 Rainbow Rowell
 
George Bernard Shaw
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” 
 George Bernard Shaw
Leonardo da Vinci
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” 
 Leonardo da Vinci
Pablo Picasso
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” 
 Pablo Picasso
Friedrich Nietzsche
“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” 
 Friedrich Nietzsche
Pablo Picasso
“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” 
 Pablo Picasso
Vincent van Gogh
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” 
 Vincent Van Gogh
Leonardo da Vinci
“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” 
 Leonardo da Vinci
Albert Einstein
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” 
 Albert Einstein
Clive Barker
“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.” 
 Clive Barker
Vincent van Gogh
“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” 
 Vincent Willem van Gogh
Anaïs Nin
“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.” 
 Anais Nin
Kurt Vonnegut
“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. 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. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” 
 Kurt Vonnegut
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” 
 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Émile Zola
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” 
 Émile Zola
Chuck Klosterman
“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” 
 Chuck Klosterman
Thomas Merton
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” 
 Thomas Merton 
Pablo Picasso
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” 
 Pablo Picasso
Woody Allen
“Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.” 
 Woody Allen
John Keats
“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?” 
 John Keats
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” 
 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Karl Lagerfeld
“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” 
 Karl Lagerfeld
Robert A. Heinlein
“Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is...and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be...and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart...no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.” 
 Robert Heinlein
C.S. Lewis
“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
Edgar Degas
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” 
 Edgar Degas
Bob  Ross
“We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” 
 Bob Ross
Vincent van Gogh
“...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?” 
 Vincent Willem van Gogh
Rick Riordan
“You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.” 
 Rick Riordan
Marilyn Monroe
“I don't mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. Beauty and femininity are ageless and can't be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won't like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it's based on femininity.” 
 Marilyn Monroe
Henri Matisse
“Creativity takes courage. ” 
 Henri Matisse
Oscar Wilde
“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.” 
 Oscar Wilde
Vincent van Gogh
“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” 
 Vincent Van Gogh
Albert Einstein
“It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.” 
 Albert Einstein
Paul Klee
“One eye sees, the other feels.” 
 Paul Klee
Ansel Adams
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” 
 Ansel Adams
Oscar Wilde
“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” 
 Oscar Wilde
Pablo Picasso
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” 
 Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” 
 Pablo Picasso
Ansel Adams
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” 
 Ansel Adams
Friedrich Nietzsche
“We have art in order not to die of the truth.” 
 Friedrich Nietzsche
Lester Bangs
“The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious.” 
 Lester Bangs
Oscar Wilde
“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” 
 Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
“Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” 
 Oscar Wilde
Pablo Picasso
“When I was a child my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll be the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” 
 Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun” 
 Pablo Picasso
Rainer Maria Rilke
“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. 

This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose...

...Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty - describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. - And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.” 
 Rainer Maria Rilke
“The human body is the best work of art.” 
 Jess C. Scott
Yann Martel
“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” 
 Yann Martel, Life of Pi
Lady Gaga
“When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you're writing about at the time. ” 
 Lady Gaga
Leonardo da Vinci
“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” 
 Leonardo da Vinci
Diane Arbus
“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” 
 Diane Arbus
John Lennon
“If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.” 
 John Lennon
Criss Jami
“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.” 
 Criss Jami
Dylan Thomas
“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him.” 
 Dylan Thomas
Pablo Picasso
“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” 
 Pablo Picasso
Hannah Harrington
“He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that's what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.” 
 Hannah Harrington
Emily Dickinson
“Nature is a haunted house--but Art--is a house that tries to be haunted.” 
 Emily Dickinson
Rupi Kaur
“i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut” 
 Rupi Kaur
Lady Gaga
“And now, I'm just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.” 
 Lady Gaga
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Groucho Marx
“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, uh... now you tell me what you know.” 
 Groucho Marx
Charles Bukowski
“Style is the answer to everything.
A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it
To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art

Bullfighting can be an art
Boxing can be an art
Loving can be an art
Opening a can of sardines can be an art

Not many have style
Not many can keep style
I have seen dogs with more style than men,
although not many dogs have style.
Cats have it with abundance.

When Hemingway put his brains to the wall with a shotgun,
that was style.
Or sometimes people give you style
Joan of Arc had style
John the Baptist
Jesus
Socrates
Caesar
García Lorca.

I have met men in jail with style.
I have met more men in jail with style than men out of jail.
Style is the difference, a way of doing, a way of being done.
Six herons standing quietly in a pool of water,
or you, naked, walking out of the bathroom without seeing me.” 
 Charles Bukowski
Laurie Halse Anderson
“Art without emotion its like chocolate cake without sugar. It makes you gag.” 
 Laurie Halse Anderson
Martha Graham
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” 
 Martha Graham
Friedrich Nietzsche
“Art is the proper task of life. ” 
 Friedrich Nietzsche
J.D. Salinger
“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
Anton Chekhov
“The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.” 
 Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Ursula K. Le Guin
“The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist; a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.” 
 Ursula K. LeGuin
Banksy
“Your mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid.
You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation
at high speed with total clarity.” 
 Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall
J.K. Rowling
“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” 
 J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Chuck Palahniuk
“The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.” 
 Chuck Palahniuk
Leonardo da Vinci
“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” 
 Leonardo da Vinci
Aristotle
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” 
 Aristotle
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Paris is the only city in the world where starving to death is still considered an art.” 
 Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind
Slavoj Žižek
“Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn't give you what you desire - it tells you how to desire.” 
 Slavoj Žižek
Leonardo da Vinci
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” 
 Leonardo da Vinci
tags: art
Ansel Adams
“You don't take a photograph, you make it.” 
 Ansel Adams
Oscar Wilde
“All art is quite useless.” 
 Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
tags: art
Francis of Assisi
“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” 
 Saint Francis of Assisi
tags: art, craft, labor
Alice Walker
“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.” 
 Alice Walker
tags: art, bad, good, writing
Banksy
“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”
 Banksy
tags: art, truth
Frida Kahlo
“I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” 
 Frida Kahlo
Mikhail Bakunin
“The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.” 
 Mikhail Bakunin
Flannery O'Connor
“Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.” 
 Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
George Bernard Shaw
“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” 
 George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah
Martha Graham
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others” 
 Martha Graham
tags: art, dance
Jorge Luis Borges
“A writer - and, I believe, generally all persons - must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.” 
 Jorge Luis Borges, Twenty-Four Conversations with Borges: Interviews by Roberto Alifano 1981-1983
Coco Chanel
“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.” 
 Coco Chanel
Kurt Vonnegut
“Here is a lesson in creative writing.

First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.

And I realize some of you may be having trouble deciding whether I am kidding or not. So from now on I will tell you when I'm kidding.

For instance, join the National Guard or the Marines and teach democracy. I'm kidding.

We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding.

If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. 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. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” 
 Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
James Baldwin
“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” 
 James Baldwin
tags: art, power
Vincent van Gogh
“Art is to console those who are broken by life.” 
 Vincent van Gogh
tags: art, comfort, life
Toni Morrison
“Like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous.” 
 Toni Morrison, Sula
tags: art
G.K. Chesterton
“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.” 
 G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
Charles Baudelaire
“The beautiful is always bizarre.” 
 Charles Baudelaire
Andy Warhol
“Art is what you can get away with.” 
 Andy Warhol
tags: art
Napoléon Bonaparte
“Imagination governs the world.” 
 Napoleon Bonaparte
Danny Kaye
“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.” 
 Danny Kaye
Ansel Adams
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” 
 Ansel Adams
Pablo Picasso
“What do you think an artist is? ...he is a political being, constantly aware of the heart breaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.” 
 Pablo Picasso
tags: art
Mark  Lawrence
“Tell me, tutor,' I said. 'Is revenge a science, or an art?” 
 Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns
Walt Whitman
“The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” 
 Walt Whitman
tags: art
Stella Adler
“life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one” 
 Stella Adler
Albert Einstein
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” 
 Albert Einstein
Kate Morton
“It is a cruel, ironical art, photography. The dragging of captured moments into the future; moments that should have been allowed to be evaporate into the past; should exist only in memories, glimpsed through the fog of events that came after. Photographs force us to see people before their future weighed them down....” 
 Kate Morton, The House at Riverton
Henri Cartier-Bresson
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” 
 Henri Cartier-Bresson
“Music is an outburst of the soul.” 
 Frederick Delius
Salvador Dalí
“Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy —the joy of being Salvador Dalí— and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things is this Salvador Dalí going to accomplish today?” 
 Salvador Dalí
Miguel Ruiz
“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.” 
 Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
tags: art
Frank Lloyd Wright
“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” 
 Frank Lloyd Wright, Truth Against the World: Frank Lloyd Wright Speaks for an Organic Architecture
Jennifer Elisabeth
“Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.” 
 Jennifer Elisabeth, Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl
William S. Burroughs
“The first and most important thing an individual can do is to become an individual again, decontrol himself, train himself as to what is going on and win back as much independent ground for himself as possible” 
 William S. Burroughs
Steve Martin
“I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot.” 
 steve martin
tags: art, humor
Banksy
“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they're having a piss.” 
 Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall
Susan Sontag
“Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art. ” 
 Susan Sontag
W. Somerset Maugham
“I have an idea that the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of the chaos. The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art.” 
 W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil
Konstantin Stanislavski
“Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art.” 
 Constantin Stanislavski, My Life In Art
Émile Zola
“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” 
 Émile Zola
Pablo Picasso
“We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.” 
 Pablo Picasso
tags: art, lies, truth
John Waters
“Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.” 
 John Waters
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Confucius
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” 
 Confucius, The Book of Rites
Ansel Adams
“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” 
 Ansel Adams
Criss Jami
“When you're socially awkward, you're isolated more than usual, and when you're isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done. All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it. One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages.” 
 Criss Jami, Killosophy
Roman Payne
“All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.” 
 Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy
Friedrich Nietzsche
“If you know the why, you can live any how.” 
 Friedrich Nietzsche
Woody Allen
“The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.” 
 Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris: The Shooting Script
Jason Mraz
“Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.” 
 Jason Mraz
Hugh MacLeod
“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, 'I'd like my crayons back, please.” 
 Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
Friedrich Nietzsche
“For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.” 
 Friedrich Nietzsche
Carrie Fisher
“I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.” 
 Carrie Fisher
tags: art, life
Albert Camus
“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
Billy Joel
“I am no longer afraid of becoming lost, because the journey back always reveals something new, and that is ultimately good for the artist.” 
 Billy Joel
tags: art, journey, music
Claude Monet
“Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.” 
 Claude Monet
John Irving
“It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious.” 
 John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire
tags: art, life, work
Jasper Fforde
“If it weren't for greed, intolerance, hate, passion and murder, you would have no works of art, no great buildings, no medical science, no Mozart, no Van Gough, no Muppets and no Louis Armstrong.” 
 Jasper Fforde, The Big Over Easy
Frank Zappa
“Art is making something out of nothing, and selling it.” 
 Frank Zappa
tags: art, profit
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . . ” 
 Ralph Waldo Emerson
Pablo Picasso
“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” 
 Pablo Picasso
tags: art
Stephanie Perkins
“A blank canvas...has unlimited possibilities.” 
 Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After
Nicholas Sparks
“You gotta know when to be lazy. Done correctly, it's an art form that benefits everyone.” 
 Nicholas Sparks, The Choice
tags: art, lazy
Robert Hughes
“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize."

[Modernism's Patriarch (Time Magazine, June 10, 1996)]” 
 Robert Hughes
Banksy
“The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists.. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.” 
 Banksy
Rupi Kaur
“your art
is not about how many people
like your work
your art 
is about
if your heart likes your work
if your soul likes your work
it's about how honest
you are with yourself
and you 
must never 
trade honesty 
for relatability” 
 Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
Clive Barker
“The paintings of Francis Bacon to my eye are very beautiful. The paintings of Bosch or Goya are to my eye very beautiful. I've also stood in front of those same paintings with people who've said, 'let's get on to the Botticellis as soon as possible.' I have lingered, of course.” 
 Clive Barker
Ingmar Bergman
“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
George Bernard Shaw
“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” 
 George Bernard Shaw
tags: art
Ann Patchett
“Some people are born to make great art and others are born to appreciate it. … It is a kind of talent in itself, to be an audience, whether you are the spectator in the gallery or you are listening to the voice of the world's greatest soprano. Not everyone can be the artist. There have to be those who witness the art, who love and appreciate what they have been privileged to see.” 
 Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
tags: art
“The more you love,the more love you have to give.It's the only feeling we have which is infinite...” 
 Christina Westover, Precipice
Freddie Mercury
“Modern paintings are like women, you'll never enjoy them if you try to understand them.” 
 Freddie Mercury
Joss Whedon
“All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn't your pet -- it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.” 
 Joss Whedon
Ani DiFranco
“Art is the reason I get up in the morning, but the definition ends there. It doesn't seem fair that I'm living for something I can't even define.” 
 Ani DiFranco
tags: art, life
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ” 
 Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth from Above
John Paul II
“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” 
 Pope John Paul II
tags: art, talent
Khaled Hosseini
“Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.” 
 Khaled Hosseini
Stephen King
“Writers remember everything...especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he'll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.
Art consists of the persistence of memory.” 
 Stephen King, Misery
Noam Chomsky
“It is quite possible--overwhelmingly probable, one might guess--that we will always learn more about human life and personality from novels than from scientific psychology” 
 Noam Chomsky
Austin Kleon
“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.” 
 Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
Vladimir Nabokov
“A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.” 
 Vladimir Nabokov
tags: art
Arthur Schopenhauer
“Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.” 
 Arthur Schopenhauer
Criss Jami
“The writer's curse is that even in solitude, no matter its duration, he never grows lonely or bored.” 
 Criss Jami, Killosophy
Criss Jami
“Everyone has their own ways of expression. I believe we all have a lot to say, but finding ways to say it is more than half the battle.” 
 Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile
David Sedaris
“After a few months in my parents' basement, I took an apartment near the state university, where I discovered both crystal methamphetamine and conceptual art. Either one of these things are dangerous, but in combination they have the potential to destroy entire civilizations.” 
 David Sedaris , Me Talk Pretty One Day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.” 
 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
tags: art, child, face, mother, nature
V. Vale
“A tattoo is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye. As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes a poignancy unique to the mortal human condition.” 
 V. Vale, Modern Primitives: An Investigation of Contemporary Adornment and Ritual
Marcel Duchamp
“I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.” 
 Marcel Duchamp
Nan Goldin
“I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost.” 
 Nan Goldin
Allen Ginsberg
“Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private. ” 
 Allen Ginsberg
tags: art
Federico Fellini
“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life. ” 
 Fellini
tags: art, cinema
Frank Lloyd Wright
“An idea is salvation by imagination” 
 Frank Lloyd Wright
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“You can’t, if you can’t feel it, if it never
Rises from the soul, and sways
The heart of every single hearer,
With deepest power, in simple ways.
You’ll sit forever, gluing things together,
Cooking up a stew from other’s scraps,
Blowing on a miserable fire,
Made from your heap of dying ash.
Let apes and children praise your art,
If their admiration’s to your taste,
But you’ll never speak from heart to heart,
Unless it rises up from your heart’s space.” 
 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, First Part
“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” 
 Cesar A. Cruz
John Keats
“Whatever the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth -whether it existed before or not” 
 John Keats
tags: art, beauty, poetry
Freddie Mercury
“I'm just a musical prostitute, my dear.” 
 Freddie Mercury
Arthur Rimbaud
“True alchemy lies in this formula: ‘Your memory and your senses are but the nourishment of your creative impulse’.” 
 Arthur Rimbaud, Illuminations
Stephen King
“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn't in the middle of the room. Life isn't a support system for art. It's the other way around.” 
 Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
tags: art
Raymond Chandler
“Without magic, there is no art. Without art, there is no idealism. Without idealism, there is no integrity. Without integrity, there is nothing but production.” 
 Raymond Chandler
tags: art
Claudia Gray
“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science –that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.” 
 Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You
Orson Welles
“The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.” 
 Orson Welles
tags: art
Banksy
“All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw?” 
 Banksy, Wall and Piece
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Neil Gaiman
“I make art, sometimes I make true art, and sometimes it fills the empty places in my life. Some of them. Not all.” 
 Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
tags: art
Tom Robbins
“In the haunted house of life, art is the only stair that doesn't creak.” 
 Tom Robbins
tags: art, life
Ray Bradbury
“Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all.” 
 Ray Bradbury
Ernest Becker
“The road to creativity passes so close to the madhouse and often detours or ends there.” 
 Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death
Charles Bukowski
“the way to create art is to burn and destroy
ordinary concepts and to substitute them
with new truths that run down from the top of the head
and out of the heart” 
 Charles Bukowski
Elizabeth Gilbert
“In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, sometimes only beauty can be trusted. Only artistic excellence is incorruptible. Pleasure cannot be bargained down. And sometimes the meal is the only currency that is real.” 
 Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
tags: art, beauty, trust
Andy Warhol
“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” 
 Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol
“An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.” 
 Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol, Thirty Are Better Than One
tags: art, fame, humor
Chuck Palahniuk
“It's easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It's a lot more difficult to perform one.” 
 Chuck Palahniuk
Ezra Pound
“Speak against unconscious oppression,
Speak against the tyranny of the unimaginative,
Speak against bonds.” 
 Ezra Pound
tags: art, poetry, pound
Erich Fromm
“Infantile love follows the principle: "I love because I am loved." 
Mature love follows the principle: "I am loved because I love." 
Immature love says: "I love you because I need you." 
Mature love says: "I need you because I love you.” 
 Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving
Oscar Wilde
“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” 
 Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism
Carrie Fisher
“Take your broken heart, make it into art.” 
 Carrie Fisher
tags: art, fisher, gold, streep, trump
Marie Antoinette
“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.” 
 Marie Antoinette
Rebecca Solnit
“The art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss.” 
 Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
George Bernard Shaw
“A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.” 
 George Bernard Shaw
पु. ल. देशपांडे
“आयुष्यात मला भावलेलं एक गुज सांगतो. उपजिविकेसाठीआवश्यक असणाऱ्या विषयाचं शिक्षण जरुर घ्या. पोटापाण्याचा उद्योग जिद्दीनं करा, पण एवढ्यावरच थांबू नका. साहित्य, चित्र, संगीत, नाट्य, शिल्प, खेळ ह्यांतल्या एखाद्या तरी कलेशी मैत्री जमवा. पोटापाण्याचा उद्योग तुम्हाला जगवील, पण कलेशी जमलेली मैत्री तुम्ही का जगायचं हे सांगून जाईल.
- पु. ल.” 
 Purushottam Laxman Deshpande
Twyla Tharp
“Creativity is an act of defiance.” 
 Twyla Tharp
G.K. Chesterton
“The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.” 
 G.K. Chesterton, The Blue Cross: A Father Brown Mystery
Andy Warhol
“I just do art because I’m ugly and there’s nothing else for me to do.” 
 Andy Warhol
Oscar Wilde
“All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.” 
 Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
tags: art
Pablo Casals
“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..” 
 Pablo Casals
Shane L. Koyczan
“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces."

[Blueprint for a Breakthrough (2013)]” 
 Shane Koyczan
Sappho
“There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.” 
 Sappho
tags: art, grief, muse
Charles Baudelaire
“Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness is always the product of some art.” 
 Charles Baudelaire
tags: art, evil, goodness
Carl Jung
“Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. To perform this difficult office it is sometimes necessary for him to sacrifice happiness and everything that makes life worth living for the ordinary human being.” 
 Carl Gustav Jung
tags: art
Robert A. Heinlein
“Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist--a master--and that is what Auguste Rodin was--can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is . . . and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be . . . and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body.” 
 Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
Camille Paglia
“We cannot have a world where everyone is a victim. "I'm this way because my father made me this way. I'm this way because my husband made me this way." Yes, we are indeed formed by traumas that happen to us. But then you must take charge, you must take over, you are responsible.” 
 Camille Paglia
Roman Payne
“The ‘Muse’ is not an artistic mystery, but a mathematical equation. The gift are those ideas you think of as you drift to sleep. The giver is that one you think of when you first awake.” 
 Roman Payne
Rainer Maria Rilke
“In the deepest hour of the night, confess to yourself that you would die if you were forbidden to write. And look deep into your heart where it spreads its roots, the answer, and ask yourself, must I write?” 
 Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Art Quotes

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Henry James
“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, The Middle Years
tags: art
Virginia Woolf
“How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn’t pull the trigger?” 
 Virginia Woolf
tags: art
Meg Cabot
“Because when you love something, you want to do it all the time, even if no one is paying you for it. At least that's how I felt about drawing.” 
 Meg Cabot, All-American Girl
Irving Stone
“Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.” 
 Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy
David Lynch
“I don't think it was pain that made [Vincent Van Gogh] great - I think his painting brought him whatever happiness he had.” 
 David Lynch
tags: art
Richard Avedon
“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ” 
 Richard Avedon
Gilles Deleuze
“Bring something incomprehensible into the world!” 
 Gilles Deleuze, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
Donna Tartt
“...as we rise from the organic and sink back ignominiously into the organic, it is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn't touch.” 
 Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
tags: art
Fernando Pessoa
“To write is to forget. Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life. Music soothes, the visual arts exhilarates, the performing arts (such as acting and dance) entertain. Literature, however, retreats from life by turning in into slumber. The other arts make no such retreat— some because they use visible and hence vital formulas, others because they live from human life itself. 
This isn't the case with literature. Literature simulates life. A novel is a story of what never was, a play is a novel without narration. A poem is the expression of ideas or feelings a language no one uses, because no one talks in verse.” 
 Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
“The loner who looks fabulous is one of the most vulnerable loners of all.” 
 Anneli Rufus, Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.” 
 Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays
Henry Ward Beecher
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” 
 Henry Ward Beecher
tags: art, artist
“Vital lives are about action. You can't feel warmth unless you create it, can't feel delight until you play, can't know serendipity unless you risk.”
 Joan Erickson
Kiera Cass
“I love you beyond paint, beyond melodies, beyond words. And I hope you will always feel that, even when I'm not around to tell you so.” 
 Kiera Cass, The One
Banksy
“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish... but that's only if it's done properly.” 
 Banksy, Wall and Piece
Ursula K. Le Guin
“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.” 
 Ursula K. Le Guin
Jennifer Elisabeth
“I met a boy whose eyes showed me that the past, present and future were all the same thing.” 
 Jennifer Elisabeth
Pablo Picasso
“When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine.” 
 Pablo Picasso
Federico Fellini
“I don’t like the idea of “understanding” a film. I don’t believe that rational understanding is an essential element in the reception of any work of art. Either a film has something to say to you or it hasn’t. If you are moved by it, you don’t need it explained to you. If not, no explanation can make you moved by it.” 
 Federico Fellini
Stephen King
“The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.” 
 Stephen King, Bag of Bones
tags: art, ghosts, muse
“creativity keeps the world alive, yet, everyday we are asked to be ashamed of honoring it, wanting to live our lives as artists. i’ve carried the shame of being a ‘creative’ since i came to the planet; have been asked to be something different, more, less my whole life. thank spirit, my wisdom is deeper than my shame, and i listened to who i was. i want to say to all the creatives who have been taught to believe who you are is not enough for this world, taught that a life of art will amount to nothing, know that who we are, and what we do is life. when we create, we are creating the world. remember this, and commit.” 
 Nayyirah Waheed
Tom Hiddleston
“Actors in any capacity, artists of any stripe, are inspired by their curiosity, by their desire to explore all quarters of life, in light and in dark, and reflect what they find in their work. Artists instinctively want to reflect humanity, their own and each other's, in all its intermittent virtue and vitality, frailty and fallibility.” 
 Tom Hiddleston
Karl Lagerfeld
“Music gives color to the air of the moment.” 
 Karl Lagerfeld
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The Artist always has the masters in his eyes.” 
 Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ayn Rand
“Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artists metaphysical value judgments.” 
 Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
tags: art
Jacob Nordby
“Blessed are the weird people: 
poets, misfits, writers
mystics, painters, troubadours
for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.” 
 Jacob Nordby, Pearls of Wisdom: 30 Inspirational Ideas to live your best life now
John Updike
“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” 
 John Updike
Andy Warhol
“The mystery was gone but the amazement was just starting.” 
 Andy Warhol
tags: art
Aristotle
“Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.” 
 Aristotle, Poetics
Amit Ray
“Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.” 
 Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style