Quotes

Like so many others, I like to look at quotes for inspirations and strength. Here are a few of my favorites. The List may grow! Enjoy!


“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~Anais Nin

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” ~Picasso

“The artist never entirely knows — We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark” ~Agnes de Mille

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ~Pablo Picasso

“When I say artist I mean the one who is building things … some with a brush – some with a shovel – some choose a pen.” ~Jackson Pollock

“The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.” ~Ezra Pound

“The unfed mind devours itself.” ~Gore Vidal

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
~Vincent Van Gogh

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” ~John W. Gardner

“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

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

“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing” ~Pablo Picasso

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

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaiman

“The earth has music for those who listen.”  ~William Shakespeare

“Art is not a thing, it is a way.” ~Elbert Hubbard

“Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make.” ~Bruce Lee

“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.” ~Robert Henri

“Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.” ~Jean-Luc Godard

“When it is working, you completely go into another place, you’re tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That’s what it’s all about.” ~Keith Haring

“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” ~Robert Henri

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

“A piece of art is never a finished work. It answers a question which has been asked, and asks a new question.” ~Robert Engman

“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance” ~Calvin and Hobbes

“Great art picks up where nature ends.” ~Marc Chagall

“Personality is everything in art and poetry.” ~Goethe

“No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time, it’s just that others are behind the times.” ~ Martha Graham

“I will be an artist or nothing!” ~Eugene O’Neill

“Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.” ~G.K. Chesterton

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~ Edgar Degas

“Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise person to be able to sell it.” ~Samuel Butler

“Art is literacy of the heart” ~Elliot Eisner

“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance” ~Unknown

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