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Quotes About Art

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

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

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

Kate Morton
“It is a cruel, ironical art, photography. The dragging of captured moments into the future; moments that should have been allowed to be evaporate into the past; should exist only in memories, glimpsed through the fog of events that came after. Photographs force us to see people before their future weighed them down....”
Kate Morton, The House at Riverton

James Baldwin
“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

Banksy
“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they're having a piss.”
Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

Salvador Dalí
“Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali.”
Salvador Dalí

Billy Joel
“I am no longer afraid of becoming lost, because the journey back always reveals something new, and that is ultimately good for the artist.”
Billy Joel

William S. Burroughs
“The first and most important thing an individual can do is to become an individual again, decontrol himself, train himself as to what is going on and win back as much independent ground for himself as possible”
William S. Burroughs

John Irving
“It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious.”
John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire

Elizabeth Gilbert
“In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, sometimes only beauty can be trusted. Only artistic excellence is incorruptible. Pleasure cannot be bargained down. And sometimes the meal is the only currency that is real.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Henry James
“We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”
Henry James, The Middle Years
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David Sedaris
“After a few months in my parents' basement, I took an apartment near the state university, where I discovered both crystal methamphetamine and conceptual art. Either one of these things are dangerous, but in combination they have the potential to destroy entire civilizations. ”
David Sedaris

Frank Lloyd Wright
“An idea is salvation by imagination”
Frank Lloyd Wright

Meg Cabot
“Because when you love something, you want to do it all the time, even if no one is paying you for it. At least that's how I felt about drawing.”
Meg Cabot, All-American Girl

Claude Monet
“Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.”
Claude Monet

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

Allen Ginsberg
“Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private. ”
Allen Ginsberg
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Christina Westover
“The more you love,the more love you have to give.It's the only feeling we have which is infinite...”
Christina Westover, Precipice

Khaled Hosseini
“Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.”
Khaled Hosseini

Oscar Wilde
“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”
Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism

Ingmar Bergman
“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
Ingmar Bergman

Neil Gaiman
“I make art, sometimes I make true art, and sometimes it fills the empty places in my life. Some of them. Not all.”
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
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Marie Antoinette
“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.”
Marie Antoinette

Twyla Tharp
“Creativity is an act of defiance.”
Twyla Tharp

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Banksy
“All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared
to learn to draw?”
Banksy

“Vital lives are about action. You can't feel warmth unless you create it, can't feel delight until you play,can't know serendipity unless you risk.”
Joan Erickson

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays

Criss Jami
“The writer's curse is that even in solitude, no matter its duration, he never grows lonely or bored.”
Criss Jami

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