Art Quotes


Everything you can imagine is real.

Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.

Art    Love

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

Art    Life

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

Art    Poetry

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

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

Art    Chaos

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.

Art    Inspiration    Love    Strength

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

Art    Truth

A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.

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.

The World As I See It

Albert Einstein

The World As I See It
1931    Art    Mystery    Philosophy    Science

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

If you want to really hurt you 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 possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.

I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.

Art    Love    Profound

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

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.

Art    Humor    Life

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.

Art    Beauty    Music    Wonder

What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.

Art    Capture    Fashion designer    Forever    Gone    Impossible    Memories    Memory    Moment    Photo    Photography    Reproduce    Shoot

Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is...and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be...and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart...no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.

Art    Life    Old    Wisdom    Youth

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

Art    Books

...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?

Art    Nature    Poetry    Suicide

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

You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.

Art    Artist    Painting    Poem    Poet    Poetry

Creativity takes courage.

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

I don't mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. Beauty and femininity are ageless and can't be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won't like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it's based on femininity.

Art    Beauty    Glamour    Sexuality

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

Art    Love

It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

Art    Creativity    Motivational    Picasso    Rules    Writing

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

One eye sees, the other feels.

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.

Art    Humanity    Sadness

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone

You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.

The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious.

Art    Music

Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.
This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple I must, then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose...
...Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty - describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. - And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.

Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.

Art    Life    Paradox

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun

The human body is the best work of art.

Art    Beauty    Body    Body image    Dancer    Desire    Fashion    Fitness    Food for thought    Funny    Girl    Hip hop    Honesty    Humor    Humour    Lust    Lust for life    Passion    Young    Young adult    Young adults    Youth

If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.

Life of Pi

Yann Martel Life of Pi

Life of Pi

When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you're writing about at the time.

Art    Craft    Creativity    Music    Writing

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.

A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.

Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.

Art    Artist    Artistic    Contemplating    Dreams    Experience    Fantasy    Fun    Imagination    Life    Perception    Perspective    Poetry    Reading    Reality    Solitude    Songwriting    Thinking    Thoughts    Universe    Vicarious    Writing

Well, art is art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water! And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now, uh... now you tell me what you know.

Art    Humor

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.

Art    Beatles    Confidence    Ego    Music    Self confidence

Style is the answer to everything.
A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it
To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art
Bullfighting can be an art
Boxing can be an art
Loving can be an art
Opening a can of sardines can be an art
Not many have style
Not many can keep style
I have seen dogs with more style than men,
although not many dogs have style.
Cats have it with abundance.
When Hemingway put his brains to the wall with a shotgun,
that was style.
Or sometimes people give you style
Joan of Arc had style
John the Baptist
Jesus
Socrates
Caesar
García Lorca.
I have met men in jail with style.
I have met more men in jail with style than men out of jail.
Style is the difference, a way of doing, a way of being done.
Six herons standing quietly in a pool of water,
or you, naked, walking out of the bathroom without seeing me.

Art    Life    Style

A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him.

Art    Poetry    Writing

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