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1Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.Scott Adams
2Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.Jonathan Swift
3Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.Twyla Tharp
4A picture is a poem without words.Horace
5Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.Stella Adler
6Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.Amy Lowell
7I 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
8You don’t take a photograph, you make it.Ansel Adams
9A line is a dot that went for a walk.Paul Klee
10Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.Theodore Dreiser
11Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.Thomas Wolfe
12Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.Edgar Degas
13An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.James Whistler
14Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.Jackson Pollock
15The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.Jerzy Kosinski
16If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.Vincent Van Gogh
17I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.Le Corbusier
18Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.W. Somerset Maugham
19In 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
20To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.Robert Schumann
21The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.Pablo Picasso
22Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.Stephen Sondheim
23The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.Isaac Bashevis Singer
24I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.Andy Warhol
25The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.Joan Miro
26The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.Friedrich Nietzsche
27This world is but a canvas to our imagination.Henry David Thoreau
28Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.Rene Magritte
29Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.Dorothea Lange
30My eyes were made to erase all that is ugly.Raoul Dufy
31A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.Henry Moore
32The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.Emile Zola
33Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.Henry Ward Beecher
34A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.Hedy Lamarr
35When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.Alfred Eisenstaedt
36The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.Theodor W. Adorno
37There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.Ansel Adams
38Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.Thomas Merton
39One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil.Balthus
40Art resides in the quality of doing, process is not magic.Charles Eames
41What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.John Updike
42Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.John Ruskin
43An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.Jean Cocteau
44Art cannot be modern. Art is primordially eternal.Egon Schiele
45The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.Aristotle
46The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.Eugene Delacroix
47Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.Claude Monet
48I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
49Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.Agnes Martin
50Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.Don Miguel Ruiz
51Art doesn’t transform. It just plain forms.Roy Lichtenstein
52What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.John Berger
53Art hurts. Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home.Gwendolyn Brooks
54Art is a harmony parallel with nature.Paul Cezanne
55Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.Pablo Picasso
56Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers – and never succeeding.Gian Carlo Menotti
57Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.Marshall McLuhan
58I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.Marcel Duchamp
59Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.Igor Stravinsky
60Art is Art. Everything else is everything else.Ad Reinhardt

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