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Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still..

Dorothea Lange

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

Francis Bacon

Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them..

Frank Lloyd Wright

Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them..

William Wordsworth

Pictures must not be too picturesque..

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.

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..

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..

Angela Y. Davis

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture..

Arthur Erickson

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

Willa Cather

Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man. There is no quality so great, none so much needed now..

Frank Lloyd Wright

Rules and models destroy genius and art..

William Hazlitt

Sadistic excess attempts to reach roughly and by harshness what art reaches by fineness..

Percy Wynham Lewis, The Art of Being Ruled

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

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

Sculpture and painting have the effect of teaching us manners and abolishing hurry..

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sculpture is the art of the intelligence..

Pablo Picasso

Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting..

Pablo Picasso

So vast is art, so narrow human wit..

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.).

Hermann Hesse

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested..

Francis Bacon

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun..

Pablo Picasso

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun..

Pablo Picasso

Sunlight is painting..

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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 any further..

Rainer Maria Rilke

That's the motivation of an artist - to seek attention of some kind..

James Taylor

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance..

Aristotle

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..

William Faulkner

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

Adolf Berle

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity..

Walt Whitman

The art of creation is older than the art of killing..

Andrei Voznesensky

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist..

Novalis

The artist is a member of the leisured classes who cannot pay for his leisure..

Cyril Connolly

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web..

Pablo Picasso

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..

John Berryman

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work..

Emile Zola

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

Friedrich von Schiller

The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe; he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life..

Henry Miller

The artist must conceive with warmth yet execute with coolness..

Johann Joachim Winckelmann

The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above..

Cyril Connolly

The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart..

Robert Alexander Schumann

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing..

Eugene Delacroix

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..

G. K. Chesterton

The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep..

Paul Strand

The arts and inventions of each period are only its costume, and do not invigorate men..

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress..

Hendrik Willem Van Loon

The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress..

Hendrik Willem Van Loon, The Arts

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..

John Drummond

The awareness of our own strength makes us modest..

Paul Cezanne

The beginning is the most important part of the work..

Plato

The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature..

Thomas Babington Macaulay

The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality..

Johann von Goethe

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 can accept it or reject it..

Gertrude Stein

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box..

Henri Cartier-Bresson

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..

Raymond Chandler

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..

G. K. Chesterton

The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal..

George Santayana

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.

Mikhail Baryshnikov

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure..

Dale Carnegie

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people..

Norman Mailer

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 while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly..

Aldous Huxley

The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious..

Lester Bangs

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

Constantin Brancusi

The great artist is a slave to his ideals..

Christian Nevell Bovee

The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public. The conventional is uncritically enjoyed, and the truly new is criticized with aversion..

Walter Benjamin

The hidden harmony is better than the obvious..

Alexander Pope

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

Abraham Lincoln

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

Professor Blackie

The highest problem of any art is to cause by appearance the illusion of a higher reality..

Johann von Goethe

The history of art is the history of revivals..

Samuel Butler

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 and the bafflement of the public..

Henry Geldzahler

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 and the bafflement of the public..

Paul Gauguin

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..

Ezra Pound

The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul..

THOMAS MOORE

The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has..

Michelangelo Buonarroti

The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art..

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist..

David Hockney

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist..

Max Jacob

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

OSCAR WILDE

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

Robert Wilson

The more a man cultivates the arts the less he fornicates. A more and more apparent cleavage occurs between the spirit and the brute..

Charles Baudelaire

The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract..

Ellen Key

The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract..

Paul Klee

The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation..

Hilton Kramer

The more the marble wastes.

The more the statue grows..

Michelangelo Buonarroti

The most profound things are inexpressible..

Jenny Holzer

The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways..

Ansel Adams

The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art is merely romantic fiction. The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened..

Thomas Wolfe

The object of art is to give life a shape..

William Shakespeare

The object of art is to give life a shape. Midsummer Nights Dream.

William Shakespeare

The people who make art their business are mostly impostors..

Pablo Picasso

The perfection of art is to conceal art..

Edgar Quinet

The perfection of art is to conceal art..

Marcus Fabius Quintilian

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..

James Baldwin

The principle of art is to pause, not bypass..

Jerzy Kosinski

The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke..

Jerzy Kosinski

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

TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot

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

Robert Motherwell

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls..

Pablo Picasso

The real art of conducting consists in transitions..

Gustav Mahler

The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up..

Cyril Connolly

The role of the artist I now understood as that of revealing through the world-surfaces the implicit forms of the soul, and the great agent to assist the artist was the myth..

JOSEPH CAMPBELL

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..

Elbert Hubbard

The serious revolutionary, like the serious artist, can't afford to lead a sentimental or self-deceiving life..

ADRIENNE RICH

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

Andr

The stone unhewn and cold.

The strange power of art is sometimes it can show that what people have in common is more urgent than what differentiates them. It seems to me it's something that theatre can do, but it's rare; it's very rare..

John Berger

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order..

Theodor Adorno

The True Artist has the planet for his pedestal; the adventurer, after years of strife, has nothing broader than his shoes..

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The true poem is the poet's mind..

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection..

Michelangelo

The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it..

Carl Rogers

The vitality of a new movement in Art must be gauged by the fury it arouses..

Logan Pearsall Smith

The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts..

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..

Andre Breton

The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal..

Elia Kazan

There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast!.

JEAN DE LA BRUYERE

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs..

Ansel Adams

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. Proletarian literature and art are part of the whole proletarian revolutionary cause..

Mao Zedong

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

Pablo Picasso

There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth..

RICHARD AVEDON

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..

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..

Henri Matisse

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept..

Ansel Adams

There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad..

Salvador Dali

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line..

OSCAR LEVANT

Things are beautiful if you love them..

Jean Anouilh

This grandiose tragedy that we call modern art..

Salvador Dali

This is the artist, then, life's hungry man, the glutton of eternity, beauty's miser, glory's slave..

Thomas Wolfe

This world is but a canvas to our imagination..

Henry David Thoreau

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

Edward Dahlberg

Through art we express our conception of what nature is not..

Pablo Picasso

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..

Henri Matisse

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..

Henri Matisse, Notebooks

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts..

Henry David Thoreau

To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect..

Alexander Calder

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..

E. M. Forster

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event..

Henri Cartier-Bresson

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..

Leo Tolstoy

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist..

Robert Schumann

To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination..

George Jean Nathan

To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art..

Albert Camus

Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first..

Arthur Schopenhauer

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle..

Michelangelo

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist..

Albert Einstein

Trying to force creativity is never good..

Sarah McLachlan

Un croquis vaut mieux qu.

Napoleon

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.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass..

Fran Lebowitz

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others..

Jonathan Swift

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture..

Arthur Erickson

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand..

Pablo Picasso

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies..

Pablo Picasso

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..

Groucho Marx

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

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..

Jos

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..

Edgar Allan Poe

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

Blaise Pascal

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

John Updike

What better way to prove that you understand a subject than to make money out of it?.

Harold Rosenberg

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

John Ruskin

What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism..

Octavio Paz

What is art but a way of seeing?.

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?.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

Rabindranath Tagore

What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish..

W. H. Auden

Whatever an artist's personal feelings are, as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical. He acts from or upon other artists..

Willem de Kooning

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

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..

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..

Paul Cezanne

When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others, to bring them into the process..

Jim Hodges

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God..

Robert Mapplethorpe

When one buys some of my artwork I hope it is because they will wish to learn from it and not because they think it will match their drapes!.

Christian Cardell Corbet, 1997

When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration..

Edward Steichen

Wherever art appears, life disappears..

Francis Picabia

While I know that the beautiful, the spiritual and the sublime are suspect today, I have begun to stop resisting the constant urge to deny that beauty has a valid right to exist in contemporary art..

Ian Hornak, "Cover Magazine", 1994

With an apple I will astonish Paris..

Paul Cezanne

With nothing can one approach a work of art so little as with critical words: they always come down to more or less happy misunderstandings..

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable..

George Bernard Shaw

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

Albert Camus

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

Albert Camus, Resistance, Rebellion, and Death

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse..

Sir Winston Churchill

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse..

Winston Churchill

Women, poets, and especially artists, like cats; delicate natures only can realize their sensitive nervous systems..

HELEN M. WINSLOW

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..

E. M. Forster

You don't take a photograph, you make it..

Ansel Adams

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough..

William Blake


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