Art Quotes

“Every artist was first an amateur”
“Creativity takes courage”
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it”
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents”
“A picture is a poem without words”
“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke”
“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do”
“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance”
 I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. Vincent van Gogh
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. Vincent Van Gogh
If you hear a voice within you saying, ”You are not a painter,” then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced. Vincent van Gogh
Art is my life and my life is art. Yoko Ono
Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it’s dead for you. Oscar Wilde
A picture is a poem without words. Horace
Without tradition art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation it is a corpse. Winston Churchill
I guess I’m a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That’s okay though; I have more fun than most people. Bob Ross
You don’t take a photograph, you make it. Ansel Adams
Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. Salvador Dalí Click to tweet
I am not strange. I am just not normal. Salvador Dalí
Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. Salvador Dalí
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. Michelangelo
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche
I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. Frida Kahlo
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. Martin Luther King Jr
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist. Albert Einstein
Art must destroy violence, only it can do it. Leo Tolstoy
Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. Albert Einstein
Art is the expression of the profoundest thoughts in the simplest way. Albert Einstein
Art is a way of recognizing oneself. Louise Bourgeois
Personality is everything in art and poetry. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. Henri Matisse
Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom. Leonardo da Vinci
Painting is silent poetry. Plutarch
Sometimes with art, it is important just to look. Marina Abramović
Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity. Yoko Ono
Don’t think about making art… Andy Warhol
Every good painter paints what he is. Jackson Pollock Click to tweet
A true masterpiece does not tell everything. Albert Camus
Intensity is all that matters in painting. John Piper
To be an artist is to believe in life. Henry Moore
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. Pablo Picasso
Art is the elimination of the unnecessary. Pablo Picasso
Art is a line around your thoughts. Gustav Klimt
Art is coming face to face with yourself. Jackson Pollock
I shut my eyes in order to see. Paul Gauguin Click to tweet
Art = a mad search for individualism. Paul Gauguin
The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. Leonardo da Vinci
Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship. Leonardo da Vinci
The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of. Leonardo da Vinci
Think eight hours, work two hours. Mirko Ilic
Choose only one master – Nature. Rembrandt
Art is not a thing, it is a way. Elbert Hubbard
To create one’s own world takes courage. Georgia O’Keeffe
I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate. Vincent van Gogh Click to tweet
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. Pablo Picasso
I shall be so brief that I have already finished. Salvador Dalí
It is absurd to look for perfection. Camille Pissarro
I must have flowers, always, and always. Claude Monet
Life is too short to remain unnoticed. Salvador Dalí
Knowing how to look is a way of inventing. Salvador Dalí
I’m in fine fettle and fired with a desire to paint. Claude Monet
In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. Coco Chanel
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. Elbert Hubbard
To create, one must first question everything. Eileen Gray
Everything starts from a dot. Wassily Kandinsky
To gain freedom is to gain simplicity. Joan Miro
The more I work, the more I want to work. Joan Miro
I work like a gardener. Joan Miro
At the heart of all great art is an essential melancholy. Federico Garcia Lorca
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The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to. Frida Kahlo Click to tweet
Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches. Andy Warhol
Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working. Pablo Picasso
It is not a torment to be an artist. It is a privilege. Louise Bourgeois
Don’t be fooled by success and money. Don’t let anything come between you and your work. Louise Bourgeois
When you do things for their own sake, that’s when you create your best work. That’s when it’s art. Naval Ravikant
To be great, art has to point somewhere. Anne Lamott
Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen. Leo Tolstoy
When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection. Agnes Martin
The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying. Steven Pressfield (The War Of Art)
Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. Steven Pressfield (The War Of Art)
All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind. Bob Ross
I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. Anybody can do what I do. Bob Ross
A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others. Salvador Dalí
If I’m going to be anything more than average, if anyone is going to remember me, then I need to go further, in art, in life, in everything! Salvador Dalí
The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. Steve Jobs
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
Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world. Leonardo da Vinci
With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance. Norman Mailer
The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation. Auguste Rodin
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. John F. Kennedy
My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all. John Lennon
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. Francis of Assisi Click to tweet
Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire. Dale Carnegie
It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly. Claude Monet
To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. Kurt Vonnegut
Stay firmly in your path and dare; be wild two hours a day. Paul Gauguin
I have been enlightened. I have fallen into poetry and it has swallowed me up. Keith Haring
Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams? Tim Burton
Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish. Michelangelo
Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. Peter O’Toole
The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose. James Baldwin
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. Vincent van Gogh
By working hard, old man, I hope to make something good one day. I haven’t yet, but I am pursuing it and fighting for it. Vincent van Gogh
One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with. Vincent van Gogh
If I close my eyes, I see things better than with my eyes open. Henri Matisse
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We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents. Bob Ross Click to tweet
I am not an inventor. I steal everything. Anne Bogart
We have always been shamelss about stealing great ideas. Steve Jobs
There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. Oscar Levant
It’s better to create something that others criticize than to create nothing and criticize others. Ricky Gervais
I just wanna make the world a better-looking place. If you don’t like it, you can paint over it! Banksy (Check out Banksy on Instagram)
People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly. Banksy
We tell people sometimes: we’re like drug dealers, come into town and get everybody absolutely addicted to painting. It doesn’t take much to get you addicted. Bob Ross
There are three responses to a piece of design: yes, no and wow. Milton Glaser
If people would just look at the paintings, I don’t think they would have any trouble enjoying them. It’s like looking at a bed of flowers, you don’t tear your hair out over what it means. Jackson Pollock
As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. Calvin
The fact I myself do not understand what my paintings mean while I am painting them does not imply that they are meaningless. Salvador Dalí
The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret. Salvador Dalí
If you understand a painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it. Salvador Dalí
I believe in general death but in the death of Dalí absolutely not. Salvador Dalí
What is originality? Undetected plagiarism. William Ralph Inge Click to tweet
Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. Al Hirschfeld
I’m not performing miracles, I’m using up and wasting a lot of paint. Claude Monet
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. Oscar Wilde
Bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums. Banksy
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The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. Francis Bacon Click to tweet
You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. Friedrich Nietzsche
My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind. Agnes Martin
All great art contains at its center contemplation, a dynamic contemplation. Susan Sontag
If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for. Alice Walker
Forget yourself. Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment. Yayoi Kusama
The creative union of the conscious with the unconscious is what one usually calls ‘inspiration’. Leon Trotsky
Feeling and longing are the motive forces behind all human endeavor and human creations. Albert Einstein
What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it. Salvador Dalí
People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings. Salvador Dalí
An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks it would be a good idea to give them. Andy Warhol
Not everyone is capable of madness; and of those lucky enough to be capable, not many have the courage for it. August Strindberg
Perhaps it’s true that I’m very hard on myself, but that’s better than exhibiting mediocre work… too few were satisfactory enough to trouble the public with. Claude Monet
It is a tragedy that we live in a world where physical courage is so common, and moral courage is so rare. Claude Monet
It is better to have done something than to have been someone. Claude Monet
I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could. Georgia O’Keeffe
The true painter must be able, with the most usual things, to have the most unusual ideas. Salvador Dalí
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet
The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. Julia Cameron
I would like to paint the way a bird sings. Claude Monet
One person’s craziness is another person’s reality. Tim Burton
Art is a step in the known toward the unknown. Kahlil Gibran
Art helps us identify with one another and expands our notion of we – from the local to the global. Olafur Eliasson
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Every line is the actual experience with its own unique story. Cy Twombly
The main thing in making art often is letting go of your expectation and your idea. Agnes Martin
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. Pablo Picasso
Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. Erich Fromm
So much time is wasted on trying to be better than others. Elijah Wood
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world. George Santayana
The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul. Wassily Kandinsky
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There is no must in art because art is free. Wassily Kandinsky Click to tweet
The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. Salvador Dalí
The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution! Albert Einstein
The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later. Joan Miro
The public wants to understand and learn in a single day, a single minute, what the artist has spent years learning. Paul Gauguin
I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things. Henri Matisse
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
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. Herman Melville
It is better to paint from memory, for thus your work will be your own. Paul Gauguin
Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do. Edgar Degas
If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. Edward Hopper
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. Oscar Wilde Click to tweet
Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite – getting something down. Julia Cameron
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. Oscar Wilde
The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist. Eric Gill
He only moves toward the perfection of his art whose criticism surpasses his achievement. Leonardo da Vinci
Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs. Edgard Varese
Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know. Rembrandt
An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. Charles Bukowski
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. James Whistler

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