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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

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

Charles Horton Cooley, Life and the Student

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,

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.

Max Eastman

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"

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

Percy Wynham Lewis, The Art of Being Ruled

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

In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters.

Paul Gauguin

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

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.


Un croquis vaut mieux quíun long discours. Fr., A picture is worth a thousand words.


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

Friedrich Nietzsche

All art is but imitation of nature.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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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

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

George Bernard Shaw

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.

Leonardo da Vinci

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.

Clive Barker, Days of Magic, Nights of War

I dream my painting and I paint my dream.

Vincent Willem van Gogh

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.

Émile Zola

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

Thomas Merton , No Man Is an Island

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Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

Edgar Degas

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.

Oscar Wilde

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.

Leonardo da Vinci

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

The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.

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