Quotes About Artists

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Shirley Graham Du Bois
“We are a race of artists. What are we doing about it?”
Shirley Graham Du Bois

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

Ursula K. Le Guin
“The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist; a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Roman Payne
“All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.”
Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

Seth Godin
“The job is what you do when you are told what to do. The job is showing up at the factory, following instructions, meeting spec, and being managed.

Someone can always do your job a little better or faster or cheaper than you can.

The job might be difficult, it might require skill, but it's a job.

Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.

I call the process of doing your art 'the work.' It's possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that's how you become a linchpin.

The job is not the work.”
Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Eckhart Tolle
“All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.”
Eckhart Tolle

Oscar Wilde
“The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

John Lubbock
“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. ... In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”
John Lubbock, The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in

Jarod Kintz
“Artists exist to show us the world. So do windows.”
Jarod Kintz, At even one penny, this book would be overpriced. In fact, free is too expensive, because you'd still waste time by reading it.

Criss Jami
“When a poet digs himself into a hole, he doesn't climb out. He digs deeper, enjoys the scenery, and comes out the other side enlightened.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Robert Hughes
“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize."

[Modernism's Patriarch (Time Magazine, June 10, 1996)]”
Robert Hughes

Jarod Kintz
“Rembrandt painted portraits, The Karate Kid painted fences, and I paint my toenails. But I’m not a snob, I still consider those other two guys to be artists.
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Jarod Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into Your Life

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

Steve Martin
“Through the years, I have learned there is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration.”
Steve Martin, Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

Gustave Flaubert
“You don’t make art out of good intentions.”
Gustave Flaubert

Pablo Picasso
“We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell.”
Pablo Picasso

“The loner who looks fabulous is one of the most vulnerable loners of all.”
Anneli Rufus, Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto

Seth Godin
“Art isn't only a painting. Art is anything that's creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.

What makes someone an artist? I don't think is has anything to do with a paintbrush. There are painters who follow the numbers, or paint billboards, or work in a small village in China, painting reproductions. These folks, while swell people, aren't artists. On the other hand, Charlie Chaplin was an artist, beyond a doubt. So is Jonathan Ive, who designed the iPod. You can be an artists who works with oil paints or marble, sure. But there are artists who work with numbers, business models, and customer conversations. Art is about intent and communication, not substances.

An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artists takes it personally.

That's why Bob Dylan is an artist, but an anonymous corporate hack who dreams up Pop 40 hits on the other side of the glass is merely a marketer. That's why Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, is an artists, while a boiler room of telemarketers is simply a scam.

Tom Peters, corporate gadfly and writer, is an artists, even though his readers are businesspeople. He's an artists because he takes a stand, he takes the work personally, and he doesn't care if someone disagrees. His art is part of him, and he feels compelled to share it with you because it's important, not because he expects you to pay him for it.

Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn't matter. The intent does.

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”
Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Marcel Duchamp
“I don't believe in art. I believe in artists.”
Marcel Duchamp

Richard Yates
“Are artists and writers the only people entitled to lives of their own?”
Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

Gustave Flaubert
“The public wants work which flatters its illusions.”
Gustave Flaubert

E.A. Bucchianeri
“I am an artist you know ... it is my right to be odd.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

Aberjhani
“To create art with all the passion in one's soul is to live art with all the beauty in one's heart.”
Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

Walter Isaacson
“Picasso had a saying - 'good artists copy, great artists steal' - and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”
Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs

Jennifer Donnelly
“It's a good thing you and your pills weren't around a few hundred years ago or there never would have been a Vermeer or a Caravaggio. You'd have drugged "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "The Taking of Christ" right the hell out of them.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

Thomas Bernhard
“You've always lived a life of pretense, not a real life-- a simulated existence, not a genuine existence. Everything about you, everything you are, has always been pretense, never genuine, never real.”
Thomas Bernhard, Woodcutters

Bauvard
“Artists are the serfs of a leisure society.”
Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“You sensed that you should be following a different path, a more ambitious one, you felt that you were destined for other things but you had no idea how to achieve them and in your misery you began to hate everything around you.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Netochka Nezvanova

Oscar Wilde
“An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Haruki Murakami
“Artists are those who can evade the verbose.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

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