Art Quotes

An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.

By Evelyn Waugh
Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb.

By Jean Arp
As a general truth, it is safe to say that any picture that produces a moral impression is a bad picture.

By Edmond De Goncourt
Art, that great undogmatized church.

By Ellen Key
You can make as good a design out of an American turkey as a Japanese out of his native stork.

By for the State of Illinois
You should go to picture-galleries and museums of sculpture to be acted upon, and not to express or try to form your own perfectly futile opin...

By Anna C. Brackett
Your business is not to catch men with show, With homage to the perishable clay,...

By Robert Browning
Who would dare assign to art the sterile function of imitating nature?

By Charles Baudelaire
Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature's monotony. The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzy...

By Guillaume Apollinaire
Without the great arts which speak to the sense of beauty, a man seems to me a poor, naked, shivering creature. These are his becoming draperi...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Women hock their jewels and their husbands' insurance policies to acquire an unaccustomed shade in hair or crêpe de chine. Why then is it tha...

By John Dos Passos
Ye know why the forms are fair, ye hear how the tale is told: It is all triumphant art, but art in obedience to laws,

By Robert Browning
Yes, madam, Nature is creeping up.

By James Mcneill Whistler
You have original artworks hanging on the walls oh I said edit

By John Ashbery
You know, I often thought that the gangster and the artist are the same in the eyes of the masses. They're admired and hero-worshipped but the...

By Stanley Kubrick
Wherever art appears, life disappears.

By Francis Picabia
With crayons the child draws a rigid house and a winding pathway. Then the child puts in a man with buttons like tears

By Elizabeth Bishop
Whatever is felt upon the page without being specifically named there—that, one might say, is created. It is the inexplicable presence of th...

By Willa Cather
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 kind of final te...

By Marc Chagall
When the object is perceived as particular and unique and not merely the member of a family, when it appears independent of any general notion...

By Samuel Beckett
When truth is nothing but the truth, it's unnatural, it's an abstraction that resembles nothing in the real world. In nature there are always ...

By Aldous Huxley
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 v...

By Edgar Allan Poe
We're made so that we love First when we see them painted, things we have passed...

By Robert Browning
What can books of men that wive In a dragon-guarded land,...

By William Butler Yeats
What is art, But life upon the larger scale, the higher,...

By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
What is art? Prostitution.

By Charles Baudelaire
What is the use of 'good' painting? We want a spell cast upon the optical part of our existence! We seldom really see the world, but when we d...

By Robert Musil
What matters in art is not thinking but making.

By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
What men or gods are these? What maidens loth? What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?...

By John Keats
What seems to me the highest and the most difficult achievement of Art is not to make us laugh or cry, or to rouse our lust or our anger, but ...

By Gustave Flaubert
What was any art but an effort to make a sheath, a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself?...

By Willa Cather
We should always remember that the work of art is invariably the creation of a new world, so that the first thing we should do is to study tha...

By Vladimir Nabokov
We use important words too frequently and they lose value; for instance, charm and great. An actor or musician often is proclaimed great when ...

By Eleanor Robson Belmont
We will sing of great crowds excited by work, by pleasure, and by riot; we will sing of the multicolored, polyphonic tides of revolution in th...

By Tommaso Marinetti
We worship the aesthetic, but we do not have faith in it.

By Mason Cooley
We, too, had good attendance once, Hearers and hearteners of the work;...

By William Butler Yeats
What I would like to write is a book about nothing, a book without exterior attachments, which would be held together by the inner force of it...

By Gustave Flaubert
Virtue runs before the muse, and defies her skill; she is rapt and doth refuse to wait a painter's will.

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
We all agree now—by 'we' I mean intelligent people under sixty—that a work of art is like a rose. A rose is not beautiful because it is li...

By Clive Bell
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 mus...

By Pablo Picasso
We don't know any more about pictures than a kangaroo does about metaphysics.... To us, the great uncultivated, it is the last thing in the wo...

By Mark Twain
To love something as an artist ... means to be shaken not by its ultimate value or lack of value, but by a side of it that suddenly opens up. ...

By Robert Musil
To play is nothing but the imitative substitution of a pleasurable, superfluous and voluntary action for a serious, necessary, imperative and ...

By Max J. Friedländer
True art tries not to attract attention—in order to be noticed.

By José Bergamín
True variety is in that plenitude of real and unexpected elements, in the branch charged with blue flowers thrusting itself, against all expec...

By Marcel Proust
Twentieth-century art may start with nothing, but it flourishes by virtue of its belief in itself, in the possibility of control over what see...

By A. Alvarez
To be an artist is to fail, as no other dare fail, that failure is his world and the shrink from desertion, art and craft, good housekeeping, ...

By Samuel Beckett
To be sure, a good work of art can and will have moral consequences, but to demand of the artists moral intentions, means ruining their craft.

By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
To play safe, I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of art over trash, the triumph of magic over the brute.

By Vladimir Nabokov
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 goo...

By Leo Tolstoy
To see distinctly the machinery—the wheels and pinions—of any work of Art is, unquestionably, of itself, a pleasure, but one which we are ...

By Edgar Allan Poe
To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.

By George Jean Nathan
This wild swan of a world is no hunter's game.

By Robinson Jeffers
Those who write for lucre or fame are grosser Iscariots than the cartel robbers, for they steal the genius of the people, which is its will to...

By Edward Dahlberg
Those works whose ideal has not as much living reality and, as it were, personality as the beloved one or a friend had better remain unwritten...

By Friedrich Von Schlegel
Through art we express our conception of what nature is not.

By Pablo Picasso
These temples grew as grows the grass; Art might obey, but not surpass....

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
These was all nice pictures, I reckon, but I didn't somehow seem to take to them, because if ever I was down a little, they always give me the...

By Mark Twain
Thine eyes shall see the light of distant skies: Yet, Cole! thy heart shall bear to Europe's strand...

By William Cullen Bryant
This longing for the bliss of the commonplace.

By Thomas Mann
There is at least this to be said for mind, that it can dispel mind.

By Samuel Beckett
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. Pro...

By Mao Zedong
There is no art without Eros.

By Max Frisch
There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.

By Cyril Connolly
There is no mystery in a looking glass until someone looks into it. Then, though it remains the same glass, it presents a different face to ea...

By Harold C. Goddard
There is only one art, whose sole criterion is the power, the authenticity, the revelatory insight, the courage and suggestiveness with which ...

By Václav Havel
There is the falsely mystical view of art that assumes a kind of supernatural inspiration, a possession by universal forces unrelated to quest...

By Adrienne Rich
There must be real gods see, the painted gods how fair!

By Hilda Doolittle
There was an artist silly for his face, For it was younger than his youth, last year.

By Wilfred Owen
the whole seems to fall into a shape As if I saw alike my work and self...

By Robert Browning
The whole story of the universe is implicit in any part of it. The meditative eye can look through any single object and see, as through a win...

By Aldous Huxley
The work of art, just like any fragment of human life considered in its deepest meaning, seems to me devoid of value if it does not offer the ...

By André Breton
There is a conceptual depth as well as a purely visual depth. The first is discovered by science; the second is revealed in art. The first aid...

By Ernst Cassirer
There is a continual exchange of ideas between all minds of a generation. Journalists, popular novelists, illustrators, and cartoonists adapt ...

By Auguste Rodin
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the ...

By Henri Matisse
The situation is that of him who is helpless, cannot act, in the event cannot paint, since he is obliged to paint. The act is of him who, help...

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

By André Gide
The soul of Man must quicken to creation. Out of the formless stone, when the artist united himself with stone,...

By T.S. Eliot
The stallion and his mare, unbridled, with arrow-pattern,...

By Hilda Doolittle
The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated.

By Charles Baudelaire
The true, prescriptive artist strives after artistic truth; the lawless artist, who follows blind instinct, strives to duplicate the reality o...

By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
the vagabond began To sketch a face that well might buy the soul of any man....

By Hugh Antoine D'Arcy
The virtue of art lies in detachment, in sequestering one object from the embarrassing variety. Until one thing comes out from the connection ...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
The wall-door under the chestnut-tree that I nor anyone else ever saw open,...

By Hilda Doolittle
The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is...

By Samuel Butler
The person who wants nothing, hopes for nothing, and fears nothing can never be an artist.

By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
The personality of the artist, at first a cry or a cadence or a mood and then a fluid, and lambent narrative, finally refines itself out of ex...

By James Joyce
The plant is not a mere product of the soil, but a living process centred in itself, the essence of which has nothing to do with the character...

By Carl Jung
The point of view of art and that of life are different even in the artist himself. Art flies around truth, but with the definite intention of...

By Franz Kafka
the quicksilver art Throws back the invisible but lightning mass...

By Allen Tate
The rhetorician would deceive his neighbours, The sentimentalist himself; while art...

By William Butler Yeats
The roaring alongside he takes for granted, and that every so often the world is bound to shake....

By Elizabeth Bishop
the San Marco Library, Whence turbulent Italy should draw...

By William Butler Yeats
The three of you together. Now that's a picture only Charles Addams could draw.

By Ernest Lehman
The time is perhaps not altogether too green for the vile suggestion that art has nothing to do with clarity, does not dabble in the clear and...

By Samuel Beckett
The normal present connects the past and the future through limitation. Contiguity results, crystallization by means of solidification. There ...

By Novalis
The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art ... is merely romantic fiction.... The game is completed and the trophies...

By Tom Wolfe
The novelist ... must live in paranoia and seek to be one with the world; he must be terrified of experience and hungry for it; he must think ...

By Norman Mailer
The painter stood entranced before the work which he had wrought;... he grew tremulous and ... crying with a loud voice, 'This is indeed Life ...

By Edgar Allan Poe
The painters did very well by her; it is true, they missed never a line...

By Hilda Doolittle
The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with.

By Robert Motherwell
The qualities of a second-rate writer can easily be defined, but a first-rate writer can only be experienced. It is just the thing in him whic...

By Willa Cather
The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public....

By Walter Benjamin
The last publicized center of American writing was Manhattan. Its writers became known as the New York Intellectuals. With important connectio...

By Ishmael Reed
The manuscript lay like a dust-rag on his desk, and Eitel found, as he had found before, that the difficulty of art was that it forced a man b...

By Norman Mailer
The material was pure, and his art was pure; how could the result be other than wonderful?

By Henry David Thoreau
The Muses inspire art and pretend not to notice when Mammon buys it.

By Mason Cooley
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 ...

By Aldous Huxley
The finest works of art are those in which there is the least matter. The closer expression comes to thought, the more the word clings to the ...

By Gustave Flaubert
The forward Youth that would appear Must now forsake his Muses dear, Nor in the Shadows sing His Numbers languishing.

By Andrew Marvell
The good grey guardians of art Patrol the halls on spongy shoes, Impartially protective, though Perhaps suspicious of Toulouse.

By Richard Wilbur
The higher processes are all processes of simplification. The novelist must learn to write, and then he must unlearn it; just as the modern pa...

By Willa Cather
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...

By Henry Geldzahler
The houses are from five to seven feet high, and all built upon one arbitrary plan—the ungraceful form of a dry-goods box. The sides are dau...

By Mark Twain
The contemporary thing in art and literature is the thing which doesn't make enough difference to the people of that generation so that they c...

By Gertrude Stein
The cult of art gives pride; one never has too much of it.

By Gustave Flaubert
The dangers of mass culture are much easier to define than the ideals. The foremost one, which may negate all the ideals, is an overpowering n...

By Stanley Edgar Hyman
The earlier works of a man of genius are always preferred to the newer ones, in order to prove that he is going down instead of up.

By Victor Hugo
The elite artist knows that his audience views his art in a context of certain predispositions; he anticipates success or failure within a def...

By Russel B. Nye
the expensive delicate ship that must have seen Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,...

By W.H. Auden
The eye is the best of artists.

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination. Art is the aesthetic ordering of experience to express meanings in symbo...

By Daniel Bell
That's my last Duchess painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive. I call

By Robert Browning
The aim of art is almost divine: to bring to life again if it is writing history, to create if it is writing poetry.

By Victor Hugo
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a strang...

By William Faulkner
The art of acting presupposes three phases: understanding a part, intuiting a part, and contemplating the essence of a part.

By Franz Grillparzer
The art of writing books is not yet invented. But it is at the point of being invented. Fragments of this nature are literary seeds. There may...

By Novalis
The artist and his work are not to be separated. The most willfully foolish man cannot stand aloof from his folly, but the deed and the doer t...

By Henry David Thoreau
The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does n...

By Henry Miller
The artist must be in his work like God in his Creation, invisible and all-powerful, so that he is felt everywhere but not seen.

By Gustave Flaubert
The artist who is to produce a work which is to be admired, not by his friends or his towns-people or his contemporaries, but by all men, and ...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
The artist will have had his revenge for being made to wait, A revenge not only necessary but right and clever—...

By Donald Justice
The chartered recountants take the thing to pieces and put it together again. They enjoy it. The artist takes it to pieces and makes a new thi...

By Samuel Beckett
Style is, above all, a system of forms with a quality and a meaningful expression through which the personality of the artist and the broad ou...

By Meyer Schapiro
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 ...

By Rainer Maria Rilke
Surely, to think the lion's share Of happiness is found by couples sheer...

By Philip Larkin
Sweet fire the sire of muse, my soul needs this; I want the one rapture of an inspiration. O then if in my lagging lines you miss

By Gerard Manley Hopkins
That Dali is really Norman Rockwell's twin brother kidnapped by gypsies in babyhood.

By Vladimir Nabokov
That is an artist as I would have an artist be, modest in his needs: he really wants only two things, his bread and his art—panem et Circen.

By Friedrich Nietzsche
That life is really so tragic would least of all explain the origin of an art form—assuming that art is not merely imitation of the reality ...

By Friedrich Nietzsche
That the world can be improved and yet must be celebrated as it is are contradictions. The beginning of maturity may be the recognition that b...

By William Stott
Somebody arranges the rows of cans...

By Elizabeth Bishop
Sports and gallantries, the stage, the arts, the antics of dancers, The exuberant voices of music,...

By Robinson Jeffers
Recently, the Germans have developed a tendency to prefer the so-called first (youthful) style of great artists to their mature works. Could i...

By Franz Grillparzer
Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.

By Willa Cather
Remembering the Strait of Belle Isle or some northerly harbor of Labrador,...

By Elizabeth Bishop
Science begins with the world we have to live in, accepting its data and trying to explain its laws. From there, it moves toward the imaginati...

By Northrop Frye
Science is a capital or fund perpetually reinvested; it accumulates, rolls up, is carried forward by every new man. Every man of science has a...

By John Burroughs
Sculpture and painting are very justly called liberal arts; a lively and strong imagination, together with a just observation, being absolutel...

By Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl
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 i...

By Angela Davis
Real orgies are never so exciting as pornographic books. In a volume by Pierre Louys all the girls are young and their figures perfect; there'...

By Aldous Huxley
Rule of art: let half-blind purpose lead you.

By Mason Cooley
Our art is a way of being dazzled by truth: the light on the grotesquely grimacing retreating face is true, and nothing else.

By Franz Kafka
Perhaps dirt is the necessary condition of beauty.... Perhaps hygiene and art can never be bedfellows. No Verdi, after all, without spitting i...

By Aldous Huxley
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, bu...

By Aldous Huxley
Perhaps, the highest pleasure in art is identical with the highest pleasure in scientific theory. The emotion which accompanies the clear reco...

By Roger Fry
Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit, in every work of art; since the author of it was not misled by anything short- lived or local, b...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Pop artists deal with the lowly trivia of possessions and equipment that the present generation is lugging along with it on its safari into th...

By J.G. Ballard
Popular art is dominated throughout by the star system, not only in its actors but in all its elements, whatever the medium. Every work of art...

By Abraham Kaplan
Popular cinema cooperates with desire for reverie rather than opposing it. This is why mass-audience movies are so conscious of genre formulas...

By O.B. Hardison
One line typed twenty years ago can be blazed on a wall in spraypaint...

By Adrienne Rich
One mentions many artists who are actually art works of nature.

By Friedrich Von Schlegel
One thing that makes art different from life is that in art things have a shape ... it allows us to fix our emotions on events at the moment t...

By Marilyn French
One way to do it might be by making the scenery penetrate the automobile. A polished black sedan was a good subject, especially if parked at t...

By Vladimir Nabokov
only an aching heart Conceives a changeless work of art.

By William Butler Yeats
Only by the form, the pattern, Can words or music reach...

By T.S. Eliot
Only conservatives believe that subversion is still being carried on in the arts and that society is being shaken by it.... Advanced art today...

By Harold Rosenberg
Only he is an artist who can make a riddle out of a solution.

By Karl Kraus
Only the sculptors and the poets were half sad, And the pert retinue from the magician's house...

By W.H. Auden
Pa-ta Shan-jen (A painter who watched Ming fall)...

By Gary Snyder
Obviously, where art has it over life is in the matter of editing. Life can be seen to suffer from a drastic lack of editing. It stops too qui...

By Larry McMurtry
Once in his lifetime every artist feels the hand of God and creates something that comes alive.

By Crane Wilbur
Nobody who has any kind of creative imagination can possibly be anything but disappointed with real life.... Of course, you could always argue...

By Aldous Huxley
Not even the visionary or mystical experience ever lasts very long. It is for art to capture that experience, to offer it to, in the case of l...

By Salman Rushdie
Now life is the only art that we are required to practice without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures ...

By Lewis Mumford
No more sand art, no sand book, no masters.

By Paul Celan
No painting is more replete than Mondrian's.

By Samuel Beckett
no picture is made to endure nor to live with but it is made to sell and sell quickly...

By Ezra Pound
Nothing can be true which is either complete or vacant; every touch is false which does not suggest more than it represents, and every space i...

By John Ruskin
Most arts require long study and application; but the most useful art of all, that of pleasing, requires only the desire.

By Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl
Much of modern art is devoted to lowering the threshold of what is terrible. By getting us used to what, formerly, we could not bear to see or...

By Susan Sontag
Memento mori and obey the Lord. Art and religion love the somber chord.

By Robert Frost
Modern pictures are, no doubt, delightful to look at. At least, some of them are. But they are quite impossible to live with; they are too cle...

By Oscar Wilde
Like an enchantress here thou show'st, Vexing thy restless lover's ghost;...

By Andrew Marvell
Like any artist with no art form, she became dangerous.

By Toni Morrison
Love and art do not embrace what is beautiful but what is made beautiful by this embrace.

By Karl Kraus
Making social comment is an artificial place for an artist to start from. If an artist is touched by some social condition, what the artist cr...

By Bella Lewitzky
Life baffles and seems almost to mock. It refuses long to remain consistently one thing or another and it seldom puts us into one mood without...

By Joseph Wood Krutch
Just as a chemist 'isolates' a substance from contaminations that distort his view of its nature and effects, so the work of art purifies sign...

By Rudolf Arnheim
Landor, not that I doubt your word, That you had strove with none...

By Allen Tate
It is painful to be told that anything is very fine and not be able to feel that it is fine—something like being blind, while people talk of...

By George Eliot
It is the business of the wealthy man To give employment to the artisan.

By Hilaire Belloc
It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths; it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden.

By E.M. Forster
It is with artworks as it is with wine: it is much better when we do not need either one, when we stick with water, and when out of our own in...

By Friedrich Nietzsche
It never was in the power of any man or any community to call the arts into being. They come to serve his actual wants, never to please his fa...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
It was impossible to praise it as beautiful, but it was also impossible to damn it as quaint.

By E.M. Forster
Is there not An art, a music, and a stream of words That shalt be life, the acknowledged voice of life?

By William Wordsworth
It doesn't matter that your painting is small. Kopecks are also small, but when a lot are put together they make a ruble. Each painting displa...

By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
It is almost as safe to assume that an artist of any dignity is against his country, i.e., against the environment in which God hath placed hi...

By H.L. Mencken
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.

By Henry James
It is common knowledge to every schoolboy and even every Bachelor of Arts, That all sin is divided into two parts....

By Ogden Nash
It is impossible to give a clear account of the world, but art can teach us to reproduce it—just as the world reproduces itself in the cours...

By Albert Camus
It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art ... consists.

By John Ruskin
It is like any other work of art. It is and never can be changed. Behind everything there is always The unknown unwanted life.

By Randall Jarrell
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to.... The feeling for the things themselves, for realit...

By Vincent Van Gogh
It is one of the prodigious privileges of art that the horrific, artistically expressed, becomes beauty, and that sorrow, given rhythm and cad...

By Charles Baudelaire
In Germany, a certain artistic sense is fairly common, but the artist's sense is foreign there.

By Franz Grillparzer
In Holland, everyone is an expert in painting and in tulips.

By Albert Camus
In my craft or sullen art Exercised in the still night...

By Dylan Thomas
In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a...

By Simone De Beauvoir
In science, which, being fixed and limited, admits of no other variety than such as arises from new methods of distribution, or new arts of il...

By Samuel Johnson
In the domain of art there is no light without heat.

By Victor Hugo
In the Greek cities, it was reckoned profane, that any person should pretend a property in a work of art, which belonged to all who could beho...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Is it reasonable that even the arts should take advantage of and profit by our natural stupidity and feebleness of mind?

By Michel de Montaigne
If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure ...

By David Hockney
I'm afraid the visit of such a distinguished critic may cause my children to become conceited. To you they are wax, but to me, their creator, ...

By Crane Wilbur
Imagination could hardly do without metaphor, for imagination is, literally, the moving around in one's mind of images, and such images tend c...

By Robert A. Nisbet
Imagine a painter crucified by his subject!

By John Ashbery
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 ...

By Ernst Fischer
In a moment when criticism shows a singular dearth of direction every man has to be a law unto himself in matters of theatre, writing, and pai...

By John Dos Passos
In art the end does not sanctify the means: but sacred means employed here can sanctify the end.

By Friedrich Nietzsche
In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelan...

By Willem De Kooning
In contrast to the flux and muddle of life, art is clarity and enduring presence. In the stream of life, few things are perceived clearly beca...

By Yi-Fu Tuan
If by day art is in the service of business, the evenings are devoted to the businessman's enjoyment of it. That is asking a lot of art, but a...

By Karl Kraus
If I were of the trade, I should naturalize art as much as they 'artialize' nature.

By Michel de Montaigne
If someone took the finest marble and knew how to shape it artfully: Prometheus' material was lowly clay, but his statues walked.

By Franz Grillparzer
If the artist is not also a craftsman, the artist is nothing, but calamity: most of our artists are nothing but craftsmen.

By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
If the Revolution has the right to destroy bridges and art monuments whenever necessary, it will stop still less from laying its hand on any t...

By Leon Trotsky
If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works, with all the misconceptions, the omissions,...

By John Dos Passos
I'm afraid, Mr. Goldwyn, that we shall not ever be able to do business together. You see, you're an artist, and care only about art, while I'm...

By George Bernard Shaw
I speak for an art ... weary of its puny exploits, weary of pretending to be able, of being able, of doing a little better the same old thing,...

By Samuel Beckett
I used to worship the mighty genius of Michael Angelo—that man who was great in poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture—great in every t...

By Mark Twain
I was thinking what an interesting concept it is to eliminate the writer from the artistic process. If we can just get rid of these actors and...

By Michael Tolkin
I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot ...

By John Ruskin
I never meant to deny the moral impact of art which is certainly inherent in every genuine work of art. What I do deny and am prepared to figh...

By Vladimir Nabokov
I placed a jar in Tennessee, And round it was, upon a hill. It made the slovenly wilderness Surround that hill.

By Wallace Stevens
I remember a dream two nights ago: the voice, 'the artist must create himself or be born again.'

By Denise Levertov
I didn't realize you were an art collector. I thought you just collected corpses. I'll bet you paid plenty for this little piece of sculpture....

By Ernest Lehman
I had, as I told you, a great passion while still almost a child. When it was over, I divided myself in two, placing on one side the soul I ke...

By Gustave Flaubert
I have been told lately that Fuseli was travelling by coach and a gentleman opposite him said: 'I understand, Mr. Fuseli, that you are a paint...

By Samuel Butler
I have got enough of the old masters! Brown says he has 'shook' them, and I think I will shake them, too. You wander through a mile of picture...

By Mark Twain
I look up. 'You have sardines in it.' 'Yes, it needed something there.' 'Oh.'

By Frank O'Hara
I am convinced the most unfortunate people are those who would make an art of love. It sours other effort. Of all artists, they are certainly ...

By Norman Mailer
I can't tell you what art does and how it does it, but I know that often art has judged the judges, pleaded revenge to the innocent and shown ...

By John Berger
I can't work without a model. I won't say I turn my back on nature ruthlessly in order to turn a study into a picture, arranging the colors, e...

By Vincent Van Gogh
Here thou art painted in the dress Of an inhuman murderess;...

By Andrew Marvell
Herein is the explanation of the analogies, which exist in all the arts. They are the re-appearance of one mind, working in many materials to ...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection. An artist is emotional, ...

By Isaac Asimov
How often we must remember the art of the surgeon, which, in replacing the broken bone, contents itself with releasing the parts from false po...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
I always feel as if I stood naked for the fire of Almighty God to go through me—and it's rather an awful feeling. One has to be so terribly ...

By D.H. Lawrence
I always say, my motto is 'Art for my sake.' If I want to write, I write—and if I don't want to, I won't. The difficulty is to find exactly ...

By D.H. Lawrence
I am not likely to die of bashfulness but neither am I prepared to be crucified to attest the perfection of my art. I dislike to hear of any s...

By James Joyce
He who has learned what is commonly considered the whole art of painting, that is, the art of representing any natural object faithfully, has ...

By John Ruskin
He's Judas to a tittle, that man is!

By Robert Browning
How frightening it is to have reached the height of human accomplishment in art that must forever borrow from life's abundance.

By Franz Grillparzer
Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort.

By George Bernard Shaw
Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.

By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Great is paint; nay, God is the painter; and we rightly accuse the critic who destroys too many illusions. Society does not love its unmaskers...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
He brings light, as only the great dare to bring light, to the issueless predicament of existence.

By Samuel Beckett
For, brother, know that this is art, and you With a cold incautious sorrow stricken dumb,...

By Allen Tate
Fortunately art is a community effort—a small but select community living in a spiritualized world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the...

By Allen Ginsberg
Free enterprise is not a bad idea and has produced art.

By Ishmael Reed
Gaze on them, till the tears shall dim thy sight, But keep that earlier, wilder image bright.

By William Cullen Bryant
Giles Lacey: I say, old boy, I'm trying to find exactly what your wife does do. Maxim de Winter: She sketches a little....

By Robert E. Sherwood
Give shape, artist! don't talk! Your poem be but a breath.

By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Good art however 'immoral' is wholly a thing of virtue. ... Good art can NOT be immoral. By good art I mean art that bears true witness, I mea...

By Ezra Pound
Harry's an artist without an art ... groping for the right lever, for the means with which to express himself.

By Jo Eisinger
Feminist art is not some tiny creek running off the great river of real art. It is not some crack in an otherwise flawless stone. It is, quite...

By Andrea Dworkin
For precocity some great price is always demanded sooner or later in life.

By Margaret Fuller
For the structure that we raise, Time is with materials filled; Our to-days and yesterdays Are the blocks with which we build.

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For through the painter must you see his skill, To find where your true image pictured lies,...

By Shakespeare
Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity.

By Daniel Barenboim
Every work of art depicts an aspect of reality.

By Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Every work of art should give utterance, or indicate, the awful blind strength and the cruelty of the creative impulse, that is why they must ...

By Christina Stead
Everything is there: the love of Art.

By Gustave Flaubert
Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness is always the product of some art.

By Charles Baudelaire
Experiment is necessary in establishing an academy, but certain principles must apply to this business of art as to any other business which a...

By Robert Menzies
Experiments in the visual arts (the invention of new ways of seeing things), are made because, due to the way the apparatus that makes up the ...

By John Dos Passos
Fall the deep curtains, delicate the weave, fair the thread.

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

By John Ruskin
Fine art, that exists for itself alone, is art in a final state of impotence. If nobody, including the artist, acknowledges art as a means of ...

By Angela Carter
For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: rapture.

By Friedrich Nietzsche
Duccio came not by usura nor Pier della Francesca; Zuan Bellin' not by usura...

By Ezra Pound
Durer would have seen a reason for living in a town like this, with eight stranded whales to look at;

By Marianne Moore
Each work of art excludes the world, concentrates attention on itself. For the time it is the only thing worth doing—to do just that; be it ...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
—E'en then would be some stooping; and I choose Never to stoop. Oh sir, she smiled, no doubt,...

By Robert Browning
Effort and result are never simultaneous. In art, only the result counts.

By José Bergamín
even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot...

By W.H. Auden
Every artist knows that there is no such thing as 'freedom' in art. The first thing an artist does when he begins a new work is to lay down th...

By Willa Cather
Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer.

By Willa Cather
But why I cry out against Rubens is because he painted undressed people instead of naked ones.

By E.M. Forster
Cleanly, sir, you went to the core of the matter. Using the purest kind of wit, a balance of belief and art,...

By James Kirkup
But in every constitution some large degree of animal vigor is necessary as material foundation for the higher qualities of the art.

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Carved with figures strange and sweet, All made out of the carver's brain,

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Caught up in life, you see it badly. You suffer from it or enjoy it too much. The artist, in my opinion, is a monstrosity, something outside o...

By Gustave Flaubert
Both art and physics are unique forms of language. Each has a specialized lexicon of symbols that is used in a distinctive syntax. Their very ...

By Leonard Shlain
Both cultures encourage innovation and experimentation, but are likely to reject the innovator if his innovation is not accepted by audiences....

By Herbert J. Gans
Both the man of science and the man of art live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it. Both, as a measure of their creation, have al...

By J. Robert Oppenheimer
Bunglers and pedants judge art according to genre; they approve of this and dismiss that genre, but instead of genres, the open-minded connois...

By Franz Grillparzer
But [Jonas] quickly understood that a disciple was not necessarily someone who wishes to learn something. More often, on the contrary, one bec...

By Albert Camus
But for the lovers, their arms Round the griefs of the ages, Who pay no praise or wages Nor heed my craft or art.

By Dylan Thomas
As between these two, the need that in its haste to be abolished cannot pause to be stated and the need that is the absolute predicament of pa...

By Samuel Beckett
As for work, without it, without painstaking work, any writer or artist definitely remains a dilettante; there's no point in waiting for so-ca...

By Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
As noble Art has survived noble nature, so too she marches ahead of it, fashioning and awakening by her inspiration. Before Truth sends her tr...

By Friedrich Von Schiller
Attainment and science, retainment and art—the two couples keep to themselves, but when they do meet, nothing else in the world matters.

By Vladimir Nabokov
Bad art is a great deal worse than no art at all.

By Oscar Wilde
Baudelaire compared the great names in art to lighthouses posted along the track of historic time. The simile, as he used it, seizes the imagi...

By Roger Fry
Any man who does not have his inner world to translate is not an artist.

By Théophile Gautier
Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.

By Joseph Conrad
Art for art's sake, with no purpose, for any purpose perverts art. But art achieves a purpose which is not its own.

By Benjamin Constant
Art for art's sake? I should think so, and more so than ever at the present time. It is the one orderly product which our middling race has pr...

By E.M. Forster
Art has always been this—pure interrogation, rhetorical question less the rhetoric—whatever else it may have been obliged by social realit...

By Samuel Beckett
Art includes everything that stimulates the desire to live; science, everything that sharpens the desire to know. Art, even the most disintere...

By Rémy De Gourmont
Art is 110 percent sweat.

By Robert Riskin
Art is a concrete and personal and rather childish thing after all—no matter what people do to graft it into science and make it sociologica...

By Willa Cather
Art is a jealous mistress, and if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an i...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist.... We need works that are stron...

By Tristan Tzara
Art is a reality, not a definition; inasmuch as it approaches a reality, it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere defini...

By Benjamin Haydon
Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand...

By Charlotte Saunders Cushman
Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.

By Anthony Burgess
Art is eternally young, but the poet ages. If only he remained as young as art! If only it aged with him!

By Franz Grillparzer
Art is good but it isn't the best.

By José Bergamín
Art is good when it springs from necessity. This kind of origin is the guarantee of its value; there is no other.

By Neal Cassady
Art is identical with a state of capacity to make, involving a true course of reasoning. All art is concerned with coming into being ... for a...

By Aristotle
Art is not living. It is the use of living.

By Audre Lorde
Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside the...

By Friedrich Nietzsche
Art is not tame, and Nature is not wild, in the ordinary sense. A perfect work of man's art would also be wild or natural in a good sense.

By Henry David Thoreau
Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For...

By Nadine Gordimer
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 ...

By Henry Miller
Art is significant deformity.

By Roger Fry
Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word.

By Eric Gill
Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same. Pointless and yet necessary, that's hard for a puritan to...

By Günther Grass
Art is the child of Nature; yes, Her darling child, in whom we trace...

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.

By Iris Murdoch
Art is the need to create; but in its essence, immense and universal, it is impatient of working with lame or tied hands, and of making crippl...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Art is the objectification of feeling.

By Susanne K. Langer
Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct ... and to refrain from destruction.

By Simone Weil
Art is too serious to be taken seriously.

By Ad Reinhardt
Art knows no happier moment than the opportunity to show the symmetry of an extreme, during that moment of spheric harmony when the dissonance...

By Stefan Zweig
Art may varnish and gild, but it can do no more.

By Henry David Thoreau
Art moves. Hence its civilizing power.

By Victor Hugo
Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question...

By Guy Debord
Art never improves, but ... the material of art is never quite the same.

By T.S. Eliot
Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith—faith and freedom.

By Gustave Flaubert
Art should exhilarate, and throw down the walls of circumstance on every side, awakening in the beholder the same sense of universal relation ...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Art, if one employs this term in the broad sense that includes poetry within its realm, is an art of creation laden with ideals, located at th...

By Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
Art, in the artist, is proportion, or, a habitual respect to the whole by an eye loving beauty in details. And the wonder and charm of it is t...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Art, it seems to me, should simplify. That, indeed, is very nearly the whole of the higher artistic process; finding what conventions of form ...

By Willa Cather
Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.

By Oscar Wilde
Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth.

By Laura Riding
Artists are never complete people. But if it's art that completes them, then what is taken away?

By Alexander Theroux
Artists broken against her, Astray, lost in the villages,...

By Ezra Pound
Artists have a double relationship towards nature: they are her master and her slave at the same time. They are her slave in so far as they mu...

By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Artists have a right to be modest and a duty to be vain.

By Karl Kraus
Artists the minute they set up as artists, Before, that is, they are themselves accepted,...

By Robert Frost
Artists, whatever their medium, make selections from the abounding materials of life, and organize these selections into works that are under ...

By Jane Jacobs
Art—the one achievement of Man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised.

By James Thurber
As always art is the pulse of a nation.

By Gertrude Stein
As the artist extends his world with...

By Denise Levertov
As the twentieth century ends, commerce and culture are coming closer together. The distinction between life and art has been eroded by fifty ...

By Stephen Bayley
An artist is an artist only because of his exquisite sense of beauty, a sense which shows him intoxicating pleasures, but which at the same ti...

By Charles Baudelaire
And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame, But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,

By Rudyard Kipling
And she, by passion once demented MThat woman out of Botticelli—...

By Peter De Vries
And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, Till the Devil whispered behind the leaves 'It's pretty, b...

By Rudyard Kipling
And we may be led, then, upward through more Powerful forms of poetry, past columns...

By John Ashbery
Ardent yet chill and formal, how I ache to tempt a chisel as a sculptor.

By Hilda Doolittle
Art always opts for the individual, the concrete; art is not Platonic.

By Jorge Luis Borges
Art and religion (they are the same thing, in the end, of course) have given man the only happiness he has ever had.

By Willa Cather
Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.

By Jean-Luc Godard
Art can never match the luxury and superfluity of Nature. In the former all is seen; it cannot afford concealed wealth, and is niggardly in co...

By Henry David Thoreau
Art chooses its constraints.

By Mason Cooley
Art compares to nature like wine to the grape.

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

By Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Art depends upon the inexactitude of sight.

By Friedrich Nietzsche
Art expresses the one, or the same by the different. Thought seeks to know unity in unity; poetry to show it by variety; that is, always by an...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.

By Cao Yu
All still lifes are actually paintings of the world on the sixth day of creation, when God and the world were alone together, without man!

By Robert Musil
all the arts lose virtue Against the essential reality...

By Robinson Jeffers
Allusion has been made to [Proust's] contempt for the literature that 'describes,' for the realists and naturalists worshipping the offal of e...

By Samuel Beckett
Always the seer is a sayer. Somehow his dream is told: somehow he publishes it with solemn joy: sometimes with pencil on canvas: sometimes wit...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
An entertainment is something which distracts us or diverts us from the routine of daily life. It makes us for the time being forget our cares...

By Sir Herbert Read
An imaginative adventure does not enjoy the same corsets as reportage.

By Samuel Beckett
And do not pity C. Q. One had to choose between him and H. H., and one wanted H. H. to exist at least a couple of months longer, so as to have...

By Vladimir Nabokov
A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.

By Eugène Ionesco
A work of art is an abstract or epitome of the world. It is the result or expression of nature, in miniature. For, although the works of natur...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
A work of art is an echo chamber which repeats what people say about it.

By Mason Cooley
All are architects of Fate, Working in these walls of Time; Some with massive deeds and great, Some with ornaments of rhyme.

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All great art, and today all great artlessness, must appear extreme to the mass of men, as we know them today. It springs from the anguish of ...

By Alexander Trocchi
All industries are brought under the control of such people [film producers] by Capitalism. If the capitalists let themselves be seduced from ...

By George Bernard Shaw
A flutist who is moved to tears by his own performance will soon make the listeners laugh because of the sounds that he produces.

By Franz Grillparzer
A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.

By Charles Baudelaire
A good performance, like a human life, is a temporal affair—a process in time. It is good as a whole through being good in its parts, and th...

By Mortimer J. Adler
A more problematic example is the parallel between the increasingly abstract and insubstantial picture of the physical universe which modern p...

By Harvey Brooks
A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree; or draw a child by studying the outlines of its forms me...

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
A person taking stock in middle age is like an artist or composer looking at an unfinished work; but whereas the composer and the painter can ...

By Harry S. Broudy
A philistine is habitually bored and looks for things that won't bore him. An artist finds things boring, but is never bored.

By Karl Kraus
A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit h...

By Lionel Trilling
A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.

By Al Capp
... today ... photographers prefer disfigurement to adornment. It is now chic to do your worst to people.

By Margaret Anderson
... when I was in my studio I didn't give a damn what sex I was.... I thought art is art.

By Alice Neel
[Many artists], even the greatest ones, are not sure of their own existence. So they search for proof, they judge, they condemn. It strengthen...

By Albert Camus
... a master-piece ... may be unwelcome but it is never dull.

By Gertrude Stein
... art transcends its limitations only by staying within them.

By Flannery O'Connor
'As for your world of art and your world of reality,' she replied, 'you have to separate the two, because you can't bear to know what you are....

By D.H. Lawrence
... if art speaks clearly about something relevant to people's lives it can change the way they perceive reality.

By Judy Chicago
The man who can but sketch his purpose beforehand in words is regarded as a wonder, and every artist and writer possesses that faculty. But gestation, fruition, the laborious rearing of the offspring, putting it to bed every night full fed with milk, embracing it anew every morning with the inexhaustible affection of a mother's heart, licking it clean, dressing it a hundred times in the richest garb only to be instantly destroyed; then never to be cast down at the convulsions of this headlong life till the living masterpiece is perfected which in sculpture speaks to every eye, in literature to every intellect, in painting to every memory, in music to every heart! --this is the task of execution. The hand must be ready at every moment to work in obedience to the mind.

By Honore de Balzac
The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art. Art

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.

By Paul Klee
The perfection of art is to conceal art.

By Edgar Quinet
The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone.

By James Baldwin
The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.

By TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot
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. Art

By Elbert Hubbard
The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts. Art

By Henry Miller
The work of art, just like any fragment of human life considered in its deepest meaning, seems to me devoid of value if it does not offer the hardness, the rigidity, the regularity, the luster on every interior and exterior facet, of the crystal.

By Andre Breton
There is no true expertise in the humanities without knowing all of the humanities. Art is a vast, ancient interconnected web-work, a fabricated tradition. Over-concentration on any one point is a distortion.

By Camille Anna Paglia
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.

By Henri Matisse
There is only one art, whose sole criterion is the power, the authenticity, the revelatory insight, the courage and suggestiveness with which it seeks its truth. Thus, from the standpoint of the work and its worth it is irrelevant to which political ideas the artist as a citizen claims allegiance, which ideas he would like to serve with his work or whether he holds any such ideas at all.

By Vaclav Havel
This world is but a canvas to our imagination. Art

By Henry David Thoreau
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. Art

By Henry David Thoreau
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. Art

By E. M. Forster
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.

By Leo Tolstoy
Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first. Art

By Arthur Schopenhauer
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist. Art

By Albert Einstein
Very early in my life I took the question of the relation of art to truth seriously: even now I stand in holy dread in the face of this discordance. My first book was devoted to it. The Birth of Tragedy believes in art on the background of another belief

By Friedrich Nietzsche
We dont like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. Well, art is art, isnt 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.

By Groucho Marx
We have art in order not to die of the truth. Art

By Friedrich Nietzsche
We have art in order not to die of the truth.

By Friedrich Nietzsche
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.

By Edgar Allan Poe
What a strange vanity painting is; it attracts admiration by resembling the original, we do not admire.

By Blaise Pascal
What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.

By John Ruskin
What is art but a way of seeing?

By Thomas Berger
What is art but life upon the larger scale, the higher. When, graduating up in a spiral line of still expanding and ascending gyres, it pushes toward the intense significance of all things, hungry for the infinite?

By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real.

By Rabindranath Tagore
When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it

By Marc Chagall
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.

By Marc Chagall
With an apple I will astonish Paris.

By Paul Cezanne
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. Art

By George Bernard Shaw
Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. Art

By Albert Camus
A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of man's mind.

By Leonardo DaVinci
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. Art

By Albert Camus
A picture is a poem without words. Art

By Horace
A picture is worth a thousand words. Art

By Napoleon Bonaparte
A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.

By Lionel Trilling
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Art

By Oscar Wilde
A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears. Art

By Gertrude Stein
Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered. Art

By Albert Camus
Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.

By Marshall McLuhan
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.

By James Baldwin
Every artist was first an amateur. Art

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul. Art

By W. Somerset Maugham
Experiment is necessary in establishing an academy, but certain principles must apply to this business of art as to any other business which affects the artistic tic sense of the community. Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language.

By Robert Menzies
Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse. Art

By Francis Bacon
Feminist art is not some tiny creek running off the great river of real art. It is not some crack in an otherwise flawless stone. It is, quite spectacularly I think, art which is not based on the subjugation of one half of the species. It is art which will take the great human themes --love, death, heroism, suffering, history itself --and render them fully human. It may also, though perhaps our imaginations are so mutilated now that we are incapable even of the ambition, introduce a new theme, one as great and as rich as those others --should we call it joy?

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

By John Ruskin
For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential --the imagination.

By Lawrence Durrell
Good art however immoral is wholly a thing of virtue. Good art can NOT be immoral. By good art I mean art that bears true witness, I mean the art that is most precise.

By Ezra Pound
Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up.

By Miguel de Cervantes
Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.

By Ezra Pound
I can't tell you what art does and how it does it, but I know that often art has judged the judges, pleaded revenge to the innocent and shown to the future what the past suffered, so that it has never been forgotten....

By John Berger
I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.

By Carrie Fisher
I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face.

By John Ruskin
I remember being handed a score composed by Mozart at the age of eleven. What could I say? I felt like de Kooning, who was asked to comment on a certain abstract painting, and answered in the negative. He was then told it was the work of a celebrated monkey. 'That's different. For a monkey, it's terrific.'

By Igor Stravinsky
I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

By John Fitzgerald Kennedy
I sometimes wonder if the hand is not more sensitive to the beauties of sculpture than the eye. I should think the wonderful rhythmical flow of lines and curves could be more subtly felt than seen. Be this as it may, I know that I can feel the heart-throbs of the ancient Greeks in their marble gods and goddesses.

By Helen Keller
I'm still an artist. I'm never gonna do a shit movie, because I've got my modeling to support me.

By Milla Jovovich
If a patron buys from an artist who needs money (needs money to buy tools, time, food), the patron then makes himself equal to the artist; he is building art into the world; he creates.

By Ezra Pound
If that's art, I'm a Hottentot!

By Harry S Truman
If the Revolution has the right to destroy bridges and art monuments whenever necessary, it will stop still less from laying its hand on any tendency in art which, no matter how great its achievement in form, threatens to disintegrate the revolutionary environment or to arouse the internal forces of the Revolution, that is, the proletariat, the peasantry and the intelligentsia, to a hostile opposition to one another. Our standard is, clearly, political, imperative and intolerant.

By Leon Trotsky
If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed.

By David Hockney
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye. Art

By Honore De Balzac
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.

By Honore de Balzac
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.

By Ernst Fischer
In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other.

By Oscar Wilde
In art as in love, instinct is enough.

By Anatole France
In art the best is good enough. Art

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters.

By Paul Gauguin
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. Art

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
In free society art is not a weapon. Artists are not engineers of the soul.

By John Fitzgerald Kennedy
It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art. Art

By Oscar Wilde
Labor is the beginning, the middle, and the end of art.

By Source Unknown
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life. Art

By Oscar Wilde
Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. Art

By Oliver Wendell Holmes
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. Art

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
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. Art

By Gilbert K. Chesterton
May I repeat what I told you here: treat nature by means of the cylinder, the sphere, the cone, everything brought into proper perspective so that each side of an object or a plane is directed towards a central point. Lines parallel to the horizon give breadth... lines perpendicular to this horizon give depth. But nature for us men is more depth than surface, whence the need to introduce into our light vibrations, represented by the reds and yellows, a sufficient amount of blueness to give the feel of air.

By Paul Cezanne
Modern pictures are, no doubt, delightful to look at. At least, some of them are. But they are quite impossible to live with; they are too clever, too assertive, too intellectual. Their meaning is too obvious, and their method too clearly defined. One

By Oscar Wilde
My inspiration is ART. . . Because without ART we would just be stuck with reality.

By Daniel Robert Lynch
No great artist ever sees things as they really are, if he did he would cease to be an artist.

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

By Oscar Wilde
Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.

By Robert Alexander Schumann
Now nature is not at variance with art, nor art with nature; they being both the servants of his providence. Art is the perfection of nature. Were the world now as it was the sixth day, there were yet a chaos. Nature hath made one world, and art another. In brief, all things are artificial; for nature is the art of God.

By Sir Thomas Browne
Now the work of art also represents a state of final equilibrium, of accomplished order and maximum relative entropy, and there are those who resent it. But art is not meant to stop the stream of life. Within a narrow span of duration and space the work of art concentrates a view of the human condition; and sometimes it marks the steps of progression, just as a man climbing the dark stairs of a medieval tower assures himself by the changing sights glimpsed through its narrow windows that he is getting somewhere after all.

By Rudolph Arnheim
One thing that makes art different from life is that in art things have a shape... it allows us to fix our emotions on events at the moment they occur, it permits a union of heart and mind and tongue and tear.

By Marilyn French
Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life.

By Novalis
Painting does not come from intelligence so much, as from sight and feeling and invention.

By Hamerton
Painting in watercolor is like walking a tight-rope; one must achieve a perfect balance between what the paint wants to do and what the artist wants to do, or all is lost.

By Mary C. Taylor
Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic. Art

By Ambrose Bierce
People whose understanding and taste in literature, painting, and music are beyond question are, for the most part, ignorant of what is good or bad art in the theater.

By Minnie Maddern Fiske
Personality is everything in art and poetry. Art

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. Art

By Ambrose Bierce
Pictures must not be too picturesque. Art

By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Popular art is normally decried as vulgar by the cultivated people of its time; then it loses favor with its original audience as a new generation grows up; then it begins to merge into the softer lighting of

By Northrop Frye
Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses - especially learn how to see. Realise that everything connects to everything else.

By Leonardo DaVinci
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.

By Angela Y. Davis
Rules and models destroy genius and art. Art

By William Hazlitt
So vast is art, so narrow human wit. Art

By Alexander Pope
So wie die Verruecktheit in einem hoeheren Sinn, der Anfang aller Weisheit ist, so ist die Schizophrenie der Anfang aller Kunst, aller Phantasie. (As insanity in a higher sense, is the beginning of all wisdom, so is schizophrenia the beginning of all art, all fantasy.)

By Hermann Hesse
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. Art

By Francis Bacon
Sunlight is painting.

By Nathaniel Hawthorne
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move. This is the artist's way of scribbling Kilroy was here on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass.

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

By Adolf Berle
The art of creation lies in the gift of perceiving the particular and generalizing it, thus creating the particular again. It is therefore a powerful transforming force and a generator of creative solutions in relation to a given problem. It is the currency of human exchanges, which enables the sharing of states of the soul and conscience, and the discovery of new fields of experience.

By Yehudi Menuhin
The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them. Art

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he's in business.

By John Berryman
The artist is the child of his time; but woe to him if he is also its disciple, or even its favorite.

By Friedrich von Schiller
The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.

By Robert Alexander Schumann
The artistic temperament is a disease that affects amateurs. Artists of a large and wholesome vitality get rid of their art easily, as they breathe easily or perspire easily. But in artists of less force, the thing becomes a pressure, and produces a definite pain, which is called the artistic temperament.

By G. K. Chesterton
The arts are not just instantaneous pleasure -- if you don't like it, the artist is wrong. I belong to the generation which says if you don't like it, you don't understand and you ought to find out.

By John Drummond
The beginning is the most important part of the work. Art

By Plato
The best introduction by far to representation of the human figure in art. The Nude is a beautifully written work of sophisticated connoisseurship that analyzes art in its own terms rather than imposing strident, politicized categories on it. It outlines the major body types, male and female, in Western art and, via a wealth of illustrations, trains the reader's eye to detect and evaluate proportion. This book reveres art

By Camille Anna Paglia
The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.

By Thomas Babington Macaulay
The creative artist seems to be almost the only kind of man that you could never meet on neutral ground. You can only meet him as an artist. He sees nothing objectively because his own ego is always in the foreground of every picture.

By Raymond Chandler
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Art

By Friedrich Nietzsche
The function of art is to make that understood which in the form of argument would be incomprehensible.

By Constantin Brancusi
The great artist is a slave to his ideals.

By Christian Nevell Bovee
The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.

By Alexander Pope
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person. Art

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

By Professor Blackie
The history of art is the history of revivals. Art

By Samuel Butler
The jargon of these sculptors is beyond me. I do not know precisely why I admire a green granite female, apparently pregnant monster with one eye going around a square corner.

By Ezra Pound
Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature's monotony. The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed. The order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at once vanish. Everything would break up in chaos. There would be no seasons, no civilization, no thought, no humanity; even life would give way, and the impotent void would reign everywhere.

By Guillaume Apollinaire
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. Art

By Winston Churchill
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. Art

By E. M. Forster
All art is but imitation of nature. Art

By Lucius Annaeus Seneca
All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time. Art

By John Ruskin
All great art, and today all great artlessness, must appear extreme to the mass of men, as we know them today. It springs from the anguish of great souls. From the souls of men not formed, but deformed in factories whose inspiration is pelf.

By Alexander Trocchi
All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life. Art

By Oscar Wilde
An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why.

By William Faulkner
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world. Art

By George Santayana
An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness. Art

By Henry Miller
An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.

By Willem de Kooning
And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves It's pretty, but is it Art?

By Rudyard Kipling
Art -- the one achievement of Man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised.

By James Thurber
Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.

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

By Gilbert K. Chesterton
Art for art's sake? I should think so, and more so than ever at the present time. It is the one orderly product which our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths, it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden... it is the best evidence we can have of our dignity.

By E. M. Forster
Art is a form of catharsis.

By Dorothy Parker
Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist. We need works that are strong, straight, precise, and forever beyond understanding.

By Tristan Tzara
Art is a reality, not a definition; inasmuch as it approaches a reality, it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere definition, it is imperfect and untrue.

By Benjamin Haydon
Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. An artist recreates those aspects of reality which represent his fundamental view of man's nature.

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

By Kahlil Gibran
Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient.

By Johann von Goethe
Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth. Art

By John Ruskin
Art is not a thing; it is a way. Art

By Elbert Hubbard
Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?

By Nadine Gordimer
Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same. Pointless and yet necessary, that's hard for a puritan to understand.

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

By Oscar Wilde
Art is the only thing that can go on mattering, once it has stopped hurting.

By Elizabeth Bowen
Art is the proper task of life. Art

By Friedrich Nietzsche
Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.

By Simone Weil
Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us.

By Guy Debord
Art never improves, but the material of art is never quite the same.

By TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. Art

By Gilbert K. Chesterton
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.

By G. K. Chesterton
Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness. The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.

By Willa Cather
Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman.

By Guillaume Apollinaire
As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes.

By Marshall McLuhan
Bad artists always admire each other's work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions other than those he has selected.

By Oscar Wilde
But the one thing you should. not do is to suppose that when something is wrong with the arts, it is wrong with the arts ONLY.

By Ezra Pound
By art he gladly found what he did seek, A full requital of his striving pain. Art can do much, but this maxim's most sure: A weak or wounded brain admits no cure.

By Anne Dudley Bradstreet
Caricature is rough truth.

By George Meredith
Depend upon it, the first universal characteristic of all great art is Tenderness, as the second is Truth. I find this more and more every day: an infinitude of tenderness is the chief gift and inheritance of all the truly great men. It is sure to involve a relative intensity of disdain towards base things, and an appearance of sternness and arrogance in the eyes of all hard, stupid, and vulgar people

By John Ruskin
Each of the arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.

By Eliza Farnham
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. Art

By Henry Ward Beecher
All art is a revolt against man's fate.

By Andre Malraux
All art is an imitation of nature.

By Seneca
All art is but imitation of nature.

By Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Art and works of art do not make an artist; sense and enthusiasm and instinct do.

By Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.

By Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.

By G. K. Chesterton
The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.

By Oscar Wilde
The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists.

By E. M. Forster
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.

By David Herbert Lawrence
The true artist doesn't substitute immorality for morality. On the contrary, he always substitutes a finer morality for a grosser one.

By David Herbert Lawrence
A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

By Anonymous
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.

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

By Albert Einstein
Were art to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness.

By Jos
Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors.

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

By Hedy Lamarr
All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.

By Oscar Wilde
All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art, because to us it is false and visionary, was, to the makers of it, true and existent.

By John Ruskin
All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.

By John Ruskin
All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.

By John Ruskin
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.

By Anonymous
A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.

By Edmond de Goncourt
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.

By Friedrich Nietzsche
Art is science made clear.

By Jean Cocteau
Art raises its head where creeds relax.

By Friedrich Nietzsche
Art seduces, but does not exploit.

By Mason Cooley
Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction.

By Anonymous
Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.

By Eugene Delacroix
An artist cannot do anything slovenly.

By Jane Austen
An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.

By Andy Warhol
Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.

By Ralph Sockman
Conquer thyself, till thou has done this, thou art but a slave; for it is almost as well to be subjected to another's appetite as to thine own

By Richard Burton
First, there are so many artists. Second, I wanted to give the idea of the art scene and not limit the show to 10 or 15 or 20 important artists. I wanted to restitute something of the life of the scene. Another problem was that I had to decide which artists I could consider. Most are not really from L.A.; they arrived as students or teachers and stayed. Others were born in Los Angeles, but left early. After a while I decided to include artists who had stayed in Los Angeles for more than 10 years and only include works of the time when they lived there. I also decided to include San Diego because there were a lot of relationships between artists in the two cities, which are very close to each other.

By Catherine Grenier
Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.

By John Singer Sargent
I can't tell you what art does and how it does it, but I know that often art has judged the judges, pleaded revenge to the innocent and shown to the future what the past suffered, so that it has never been forgotten. Art, when it functions like this, becomes a meeting-place of the invisible, the irreducible, the enduring, guts, and honor.

By John Berger
In addition to state-of-the-art 3D rendering techniques, Visage CS 2.0 now features hanging protocols and viewing comparison of multiple series/studies side by side, as well as vessel analysis and PET-CT protocols. Through the thin client technology, the full set of functions becomes available anywhere, anytime, for any number of users throughout the hospital enterprise, without requiring special hardware on the client side.

By Marcelo Lima
I think it was Laurence Olivier who said that one of the things you have to accept in art is that when you put your heart into doing something there will be people who don't like it for really good reasons, really smart people who don't like what you've done for very valid reasons. That is hard to accept, that there are really valid reasons for not liking anything. The astonishing thing is that there haven't been many valid reasons for anyone not to like this movie.

By Penn Jillette
Hiring a good designer means never having to choose between form and function.

By Amber Limbaugh
If you are going to break a Law of Art, make the crime interesting.

By Mason Cooley
Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.

By Anonymous
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

By John Fitzgerald Kennedy
It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.

By Albert Camus
It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.

By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Nature meant me a wife, a silly harmless household Dove, fond without art; and kind without deceit.

By John Dryden
Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world

By Martin Luther
No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.

By John Ruskin
In today's climate in our country, which is sickened with the pollution of pollution, threatened with the prominence of AIDS, riddled with burgeoning racism, rife with growing huddles of the homeless, we need art and we need art in all forms. We need all methods of art to be present, everywhere present, and all the time present.

By Anonymous
Just the idea of someone who lives their art was interesting to me. The music was so strong that I had to make it the focus. But you keep hearing about the life. Being a young artist myself, I wondered, do you have to live it? Or can you just make it up? He was definitely of the school that you had to live it.

By Margaret Brown
Soldiering, my dear madam, is the coward's art of attacking mercilessly when you are strong, and keeping out of harm's way when you are weak. That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms.

By Anonymous
Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees

By Anonymous
It will be a beautiful facility and state-of-the-art.

By Larry James
One writes to make a home for oneself, on paper, in time and in others' minds.

By Alfred Kazin
Is getting well ever an art/ Or art a way to get well.

By Robert Lowell
Madness is the absolute break with the work of art; it forms the constitutive moment of abolition, which dissolves in time the truth of the work of art.

By Michel Foucault
The art of living is the art of knowing how to believe lies.

By Cesare Pavese
The artistic temperament is a disease that affects amateurs. Artists of a large and wholesome vitality get rid of their art easily, as they breathe easily or perspire easily. But in artists of less force the thing becomes a pressure, and produces def

By Anonymous
one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science isescape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopelessdreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. Afinely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into theworld of objective perception and thought.

By Anonymous
Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality

By Anonymous
Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.

By Francis Bacon
Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump.

By Auguste Rodin
Our study provides beginning evidence for the important role art therapy can play in reducing symptoms. Art therapy provides a distraction that allows patients to focus on something positive instead of their health for a time, and it also gives patients something they can control.

By Judith Paice
In art there are tears that lie too deep for thought.

By Louis Kronenberger
In choosing a juror, we look for someone who has established credentials, someone who has established themselves as artists, (art) dealers or historians.

By Christopher Payne
I have not written in vain if I have heretofore done anything towards diminishing the reputation of the Renaissance landscape painting.

By John Ruskin
I kind of tied the two together (music and art).

By Matt Brown
He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas.

By John Ruskin
Honesty is a long lost art form resigned to the archives of famous quotes and a few lone ducks in a pond of hypocrites.

By Travis Hedrick
Give me a museum, and I'll fill it.

By Pablo Picasso
Few artists can afford artistic temperament.

By Mason Cooley
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

By Oscar Wilde
But soon I perfected the art of stealth drinking.

By Yancy Butler
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; / And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

By Anonymous
And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? / And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.

By Anonymous
Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.

By Edith Wharton
Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.

By Mason Cooley
Art Bonham was one of the most selfless, caring, giving, thoughtful people I have ever known. Art is one of the people everyone should aspire to be like.

By Ken Harris
Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.

By Paul Klee
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.

By Franklin D. Roosevelt
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

By Winston Churchill
When art dresses in worn-out material it is most easily recognized as art.

By Friedrich Nietzsche
What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who has only his eyes if he is a painter, or his ears if he is a musician, or a lyre at every level of his heart if he is a poet, or, if he is merely a boxer, only his muscle? On the contrary, he is at the same time a political being, constantly alert to the heartrending, burning, or happy events in the world, molding himself in their likeness.

By Anonymous
What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.

By Willa Cather
Weep not, my wanton, smile upon my knee;/ When thou art old there's grief enough for thee. / Mother's wag, pretty boy, / Father's sorrow, father's joy.

By Robert Greene
What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.

By John Updike
We are very honored to display Chen's representative art pieces to the public.

By Zhang Qing
We decided to take the one art form that was created in this country -- the Broadway musical -- and celebrate the fact that there have been many gay men who have moved the art form forward since the beginning of the 20th century.

By Jeff Buhrman
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.

By Henri Matisse
To curb the machine and limit art to handicraft is a denial of opportunity

By Lewis Mumford
They're everything that's wrong with music, ... Out of everything combined, they're everything wrong with culture, and everything wrong with art, and what we think of as art and musical culture - in one family!

By David LaChapelle
There is no must in art because art is free

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

By Pablo Picasso
There may have been a lot more people downtown. All the vendors in the art fair were extremely pleased.

By Larry Groce
The secret of life is in art.

By Anonymous
The place is going to be state-of-the art.

By Anonymous
The history of art is the history of revivals

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

By Friedrich Nietzsche
A great artist is a great man in a great child.

By Victor Hugo