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

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


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?


Artists quote - All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in t
All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.

Roman Payne , Rooftop Soliloquy


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


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


Artists quote - All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.

Eckhart Tolle


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


Artists quote - When a poet digs himself into a hole, he doesn't climb out. He digs deeper, enjoys the scenery, and
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


Artists quote - Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.
Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.

D.W. Winnicott


Artists quote - Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implemen
Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.

William S. Burroughs


Artists quote - You don’t make art out of good intentions.
You don’t make art out of good intentions.

Flaubert


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?


...it’s just another one of those things I don’t understand: everyone impresses upon you how unique you are, encouraging you to cultivate your individuality while at the same time trying to squish you and everyone else into the same ridiculous mould. It’s an artist’s right to rebel against the world’s stupidity.

E.A. Bucchianeri


Artists quote - The loner who looks fabulous is one of the most vulnerable loners of all.
The loner who looks fabulous is one of the most vulnerable loners of all.

Anneli Rufus


Artists quote - We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in
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


creativity keeps the world alive, yet, everyday we are asked to be ashamed of honoring it, wanting to live our lives as artists. i’ve carried the shame of being a ‘creative’ since i came to the planet; have been asked to be something different, more, less my whole life. thank spirit, my wisdom is deeper than my shame, and i listened to who i was. i want to say to all the creatives who have been taught to believe who you are is not enough for this world, taught that a life of art will amount to nothing, know that who we are, and what we do is life. when we create, we are creating the world. remember this, and commit.

Nayyirah waheed


Artists quote - I am an artist you know ... it is my right to be odd.
I am an artist you know ... it is my right to be odd.

E.A. Bucchianeri


Artists quote - Are artists and writers the only people entitled to lives of their own?
Are artists and writers the only people entitled to lives of their own?

Richard Yates , Revolutionary Road


Artists quote - Weirdism is definitely the cornerstone of many an artist's career.
Weirdism is definitely the cornerstone of many an artist's career.

E.A. Bucchianeri


Artists quote - You sensed that you should be following a different path, a more ambitious one, you felt that you we
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 , Братья Карамазовы


Artists quote - To create art with all the passion in one's soul is to live art with all the beauty in one's heart.
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


Artists quote - The public wants work which flatters its illusions.
The public wants work which flatters its illusions.

Flaubert


Artists quote - I would rather be an artist than a leader. Ironically, a leader has to follow the rules.
I would rather be an artist than a leader. Ironically, a leader has to follow the rules.

Criss Jami


Artists quote - Picasso had a saying - 'good artists copy, great artists steal' - and we have always been shameless
Picasso had a saying - 'good artists copy, great artists steal' - and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.

Walter Isaacson , Steve Jobs


Artists quote - You've always lived a life of pretense, not a real life-- a simulated existence, not a genuine exist
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


Artists quote - Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeate
Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics.

Virginia Woolf , A Room of One's Own


Artists quote - Dive again and again into the river of uncertainty. Create in the dark, only then can you recognize
Dive again and again into the river of uncertainty. Create in the dark, only then can you recognize the light.

Jyrki Vainonen


At the age of four, you were an artist. And at seven, you were a poet.

Seth Godin , Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?


People who have a creative side and do not live it out are most disagreeable clients. They make a mountain out of a molehill, fuss about unnecessary things, are too passionately in love with somebody who is not worth so much attention, and so on. There is a kind of floating charge of energy in them which is not attached to its right object and therefore tends to apply exaggerated dynamism to the wrong situation.

Marie-Louise von Franz


After being hurt by the world so much, they began to see the demons within humans. So without hiding it through trickery, they worked to express it.

Osamu Dazai , 人間失格 [Ningen Shikkaku]


Mockingbirds are the true artists of the bird kingdom. Which is to say, although they're born with a song of their own, an innate riff that happens to be one of the most versatile of all ornithological expressions, mocking birds aren't content to merely play the hand that is dealt them. Like all artists, they are out to rearrange reality. Innovative, willful, daring, not bound by the rules to which others may blindly adhere, the mockingbird collects snatches of birdsong from this tree and that field, appropriates them, places them in new and unexpected contexts, recreates the world from the world. For example, a mockingbird in South Carolina was heard to blend the songs of thirty-two different kinds of birds into a ten-minute performance, a virtuoso display that serve no practical purpose, falling, therefore, into the realm of pure art.

Tom Robbins , Skinny Legs and All


Who but the artist has the power to open man up, to set free the imagination? The others - priest, teacher, saint, statesman, warrior - hold us to the path of history. They keep us chained to the rock, that the vultures may eat out our hearts. It is the artist who has the courage to go against the crowd; he is the unrecognized "hero of our time" - and of all time.

Henry Miller


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


I want to burn with excitement or anger and bleed, bleed out my words. I want to get all fucked up and write raw and ugly about all these things I see and am and could be.

Charlotte Eriksson


Writers and artists build by hand little worlds that they hope might effect change in real minds, in the real world where stories are read. A story can make us cry and laugh, break our hearts, or make us angry enough to change the world.

Grant Morrison Batman The return of Bruce Wayne


It's freezing up here. What did you use to keep warm?"
"Indignation," said Michelangelo. "Best fuel I know. Never burns out.

Irving Stone , The Agony and the Ecstasy


Tattooing, when understood in its entirety, must be seen as a religious act. The human being brings forth images from the center of the self and communicates them to the world. Fantasy is embodied in reality and the person is made whole.

Spider Webb


Artists are those who can evade the verbose.

Haruki Murakami


The great artists of the world are never Puritans, and seldom even ordinarily respectable.

H.L. Mencken


Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece.

John Paul II


Artists can have greater access to reality; they can see patterns and details and connections that other people, distracted by the blur of life, might miss. Just sharing that truth can be a very powerful thing.

Jay-Z


Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.

Edward Hopper


I spoke fire, laughed smoke, and madness spilled forth from my inspiration.

Arthur Holitscher


An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.

Oscar Wilde , The Picture of Dorian Gray


To make a deliberate falsification for personal gain is the last, worst depth to which either scholar or artist can descend in work or life.
(
Letter to Muriel St. Clare Byrne
, 8 September 1935)

Dorothy L. Sayers


... an artist should paint from the heart, and not always what people expect. Predictability often leads to the dullest work, in my opinion, and we have been bored stiff long enough I think.

E.A. Bucchianeri


A genius doesn't adjust his treatment of a theme to a tyrant's taste

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn , בית על מים רבים


I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.

Vincent van Gogh


Artists are the serfs of a leisure society.

Bauvard


Good artists copy; great artists steal.

Pablo Picasso