Quotes About Art

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J.D. Salinger
“An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.”
J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
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Friedrich Nietzsche
“Art is the proper task of life. ”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Banksy
“You're mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid.
You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation
at high speed with total clarity.”
Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

Anton Chekhov
“The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.”
Anton Chekhov

Chuck Palahniuk
“The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.”
Chuck Palahniuk

Emily Dickinson
“Nature is a haunted house--but Art--is a house that tries to be haunted.”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems

Alice Walker
“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.”
Alice Walker

Criss Jami
“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Leonardo da Vinci
“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”
Leonardo da Vinci

Oscar Wilde
“All art is quite useless.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Ansel Adams
“You don't take a photograph, you make it.”
Ansel Adams

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Paris is the only city in the world where starving to death is still considered an art.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

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

Pablo Picasso
“The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.”
Pablo Picasso

Martha Graham
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others”
Martha Graham

Leonardo da Vinci
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
Leonardo da Vinci
tags: art

Francis of Assisi
“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
Francis of Assisi

J.K. Rowling
“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Coco Chanel
“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.”
Coco Chanel

George Bernard Shaw
“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”
George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

Kurt Vonnegut
“Here is a lesson in creative writing.

First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.

And I realize some of you may be having trouble deciding whether I am kidding or not. So from now on I will tell you when I'm kidding.

For instance, join the National Guard or the Marines and teach democracy. I'm kidding.

We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding.

If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

Andy Warhol
“Art is what you can get away with.”
Andy Warhol
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Ansel Adams
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”
Ansel Adams

Napoléon Bonaparte
“Imagination governs the world.”
Napoléon Bonaparte

Slavoj Žižek
“Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn't give you what you desire - it tells you how to desire.”
Slavoj Žižek

Toni Morrison
“Like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous.”
Toni Morrison, Sula
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Frida Kahlo
“I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”
Frida Kahlo

G.K. Chesterton
“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.”
G.K. Chesterton
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Charles Baudelaire
“The beautiful is always bizarre.”
Charles Baudelaire

Steve Martin
“I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot.”
Steve Martin

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