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

Charles Baudelaire

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

Leonardo DaVinci

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

Hedy Lamarr

A great artist is always before his time or behind it..

George Edward Moore

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession..

Albert Camus

A hint - don't paint too much direct from nature. Art is an abstraction! study nature then brood on it and treasure the creation which will result, which is the only way to ascend towards God - to create like our Divine Master..

Paul Gauguin

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands..


A man paints with his brains and not with his hands..

Michelangelo Buonarroti

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

Edmond de Goncourt

A picture is a poem without words..


A picture is a poem without words..


A picture is worth a thousand words..

Napoleon Bonaparte

A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I've been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light..

Henri Matisse

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..

Lionel Trilling

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds..

Henry Moore

A successful work of art is not one which resolves contradictions in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in its innermost structure..


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

Eugene Ionesco

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament..

Oscar Wilde

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

Marcel Proust

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears..

Gertrude Stein

Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered..

Al Capp

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

Albert Camus

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century..

Marshall McLuhan

Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century..

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..

James Baldwin

All art is an imitation of nature..

Seneca (Seneca the Elder)

All art is but imitation of nature..

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Seneca the Younger)

All art is quite useless..

Oscar Wilde

All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time..

John Ruskin

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up..


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..

Alexander Trocchi

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

Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Living, 1891

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one..

Charles Horton Cooley

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..

William Faulkner

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world..

George Santayana

An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation..

Joseph Conrad

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

Henry Miller

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

Willem de Kooning

An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs..

Edgard Varese

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

Andy Warhol

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

Evelyn Waugh

An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it..

Paul Valery

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?.

Rudyard Kipling

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

Edith Wharton

Any artist should be grateful for a na?ve grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately..

Saul Bellow

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

Joseph Conrad

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness..

Frank Gehry

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

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..

Marshall McLuhan

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

Jean-Luc Godard

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor..

Andre Gide

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

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning..

Jacques Barzun

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

Paul Klee

Art does not solve problems but makes us aware of their existence. It opens our eyes to see and our brain to imagine..


Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms..

Roy Lichtenstein

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time..

Thomas Merton

Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed..

Frank Lloyd Wright

Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed..

Yu Cao

Art for art's sake, with no purpose, for any purpose perverts art. But art achieves a purpose which is not its own. [1804].


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..

E. M. Forster

Art has an enemy called ignorance..

Ben Johnson

Art imitates Nature in this; not to dare is to dwindle..

John Updike

Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint..

Robert Delaunay

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better..

Andre Gide

Art is a form of catharsis..

Dorothy Parker

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

Jean Arp

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 ill provider..

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. To perform this difficult office it is sometimes necessary for him to sacrifice happiness and everything that makes life worth living for the ordinary human being..


Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth..

Pablo Picasso

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..

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..

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..

Ayn Rand

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

Kahlil Gibran, "A Handful of Sand on the Shore"

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 triumphs..

Charlotte Saunders Cushman

Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem..

Lindsay Anderson

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers... What we call art is a game..

Octavio Paz

Art is both creation and recreation. Of the two ideas, I think art as recreation or as sheer play of the human spirit is more important..

Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living, 1937

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

Anthony Burgess

Art is either plagiarism or revolution..

Paul Gauguin

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

Neal Cassady

Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient..

Johann von Goethe

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth..

Theodor Adorno

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor..

Henry A. Kissinger

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor..

William Morris

Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television..


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

George Sand

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

John Ruskin

Art is not a thing; it is a way..

Elbert Hubbard

Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite -- getting something down..


Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest..

Friedrich Nietzsche

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?.

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 is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself..

Henry Miller

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art..

Harry S. Truman

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art..

Kenneth Tynan

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

Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno

Art is science made clear..

Jean Cocteau

Art is science made clear..

Wilson Mizner

Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word..

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 understand..

Gunther Grass

Art is subject to arbitrary fashion..

Kary Mullis

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in..

Amy Lowell

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

Iris Murdoch

Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end..

James Joyce

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern..

Alfred North Whitehead

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

Oscar Wilde

Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp..

Jean Dubuffet

Art is the objectification of feeling..

Suzanne K. Langer

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

Elizabeth Bowen

Art is the only thing you cannot punch a button for. You must do it the old-fashioned way. Stay up and really burn the midnight oil. There are no compromises..


Art is the only way to run away without leaving home..

Twyla Tharp

Art is the path of the creator to his work..

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is the proper task of life..

Friedrich Nietzsche

Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men..

Friedrich Schiller

Art is the signature of civilizations..

Beverly Sills, NBC TV, May 4, 1985

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail..

Theodore Dreiser

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

Simone Weil

Art is too serious to be taken seriously..

Ad Reinhardt

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..

Guy Debord

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

TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time..

Jean Cocteau

Art raises its head where creeds relax..

Friedrich Nietzsche

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life..

Henry Miller

Art the end result of perception, wisdom, intelligence, discipline, hard work, passion, luck, accident, and coincidence..

Source Unknown

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life..

Pablo Picasso

Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind..


Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos..

Stephen Sondheim

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere..

G. K. Chesterton

Art, that great undogmatized church..

Ellen Key

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

Laura Riding

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..

Willa Cather

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

Guillaume Apollinaire

Artists don't make objects. Artists make mythologies..

Anish Kapoor

Artists must be sacrificed to their art..

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact..

William S. Burroughs

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