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Arts Quotes

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.

Charles Darwin , The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82

Live by the harmless untruths that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. , Cat's Cradle

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.

Albert Einstein

Ignore all hatred and criticism. Live for what you create, and die protecting it.

Lady Gaga

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 Wolfe , A Room of One's Own

Music, uniquely among the arts, is both completely abstract and profoundly emotional. It has no power to represent anything particular or external, but it has a unique power to express inner states or feelings. Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation.

أوليفر ساكس , Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

You can’t enjoy art or books in a hurry.

E.A. Bucchianeri

I wanted to paint a picture some day that people would stand before and forget that it was made of paint. I wanted it to creep into them like a bar of music and mushroom there like a soft bullet.

O. Henry

Support for the arts -- merde! A government-supported artist is an incompetent whore!

Robert A. Heinlein , Stranger in a Strange Land

I realize that some of you may have come in hopes of hearing tips on how to
become a professional writer. I say to you, "If you really want to hurt your
parents, and you don't have the nerve to be a homosexual, the least you can
do is go into the arts. But do not use ;s. They are transvestite
hermaphrodites, standing for absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've
been to college.

Kurt Vonnegut

Best Arts Short Quote
If it were customary to send little girls to school and teach them the same subjects as are taught to boys, they would learn just as fully and would understand the subtleties of all arts and sciences.

Christine de Pizan

Maybe it's the fact the most of the arts here are produced by world-weary and sophisticated older people and then consumed by younger people who not only consume art but study it for clues on how to be cool, hip - and keep in mind that, for kids and younger people, to be hip and cool is the same as to be admired and accepted and included and so Unalone. Forget so-called peer-pressure. It's more like peer-hunger. No? We enter a spiritual puberty where we snap to the fact that the great transcendant horror is loneliness, excluded encagement in the self. Once we've hit this age, we will now give or take anything, wear any mask, to fit, be part-of, not be Alone, we young. The U.S. arts are our guide to inclusion. A how-to. We are shown how to fashion masks of ennui and jaded irony at a young age where the face is fictile enough to assume the shape of whatever it wears. And then it's stuck there, the weary cynicism that saves us from gooey sentiment and unsophisticated naivete.

David Foster Wallace , Infinite Jest

Dancing, at its best, is independence and intimacy in balance.

Donna Goddard

There has to be a cut-off somewhere between the freedom of expression and a graphically explicit free-for-all.

E.A. Bucchianeri

Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.

Francisco Goya

The loss of these tastes [for poetry and music] is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.

Charles Darwin , The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82

If the artist does not fling himself, without reflecting, into his work, as Curtis flung himself into the yawning gulf, as the soldier flings himself into the enemy's trenches, and if, once in this crater, he does not work like a miner on whom the walls of his gallery have fallen in; if he contemplates difficulties instead of overcoming them one by one ... he is simply looking on at the suicide of his own talent.

Balzac Honor De 1799-1850 , Cousin Bette

The assault on education began more than a century ago by industrialists and capitalists such as Andrew Carnegie. In 1891, Carnegie congratulated the graduates of the Pierce College of Business for being fully occupied in obtaining a knowledge of shorthand and typewriting rather than wasting time upon dead languages. The industrialist Richard Teller Crane was even more pointed in his 1911 dismissal of what humanists call the life of the mind. No one who has a taste for literature has a right to be happy because the only men entitled to happiness… is those who are useful. The arrival of industrialists on university boards of trustees began as early as the 1870s and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business offered the first academic credential in business administration in 1881. The capitalists, from the start, complained that universities were unprofitable. These early twentieth century capitalists, like heads of investment houses and hedge-fund managers, were, as Donoghue writes motivated by an ethically based anti-intellectualism that transcended interest in the financial bottom line. Their distrust of the ideal of intellectual inquiry for its own sake, led them to insist that if universities were to be preserved at all, they must operate on a different set of principles from those governing the liberal arts.

Chris Hedges , Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

The beauty of art is that it comes from the heart.

T.A. Uner

She preferred the quiet solitary atmosphere, to create in her own world of paint and colour, the thrill of anticipating how her works would turn out as she eyed the blank sheets of paper or canvas before starting her next masterpiece. How satisfying it was to mess around in paint gear, without having to worry about spills, starch or frills, that was the life!

E.A. Bucchianeri

Just as no monkey is as good-looking as the ugliest of humans, no academic is worthier than the worst of the creators

Nassim Nicholas Taleb , The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

You must have the Devil in you to succeed in any of the arts


Righteous, I like that. Kinda fitting when you think about it. If we danced and shared music, we'd be too busy en-joy-in' life to start a war.

E.A. Bucchianeri

Since art is considered a noble field, art should be used to promote all that is good and noble, and in a noble fashion.

E.A. Bucchianeri

Give a poet a pen

A. Jarrell Hayes

When a show ends, for a few days, my body sizzles with leftover energy, like a tree in the wake of a lightning strike.

S.M. Stevens

The art of music is good, for the reason, among others, that it produces pleasure; but what proof is it possible to give that pleasure is good? If, then, it is asserted that there is a comprehensive formula, including all things which are in themselves good, and that whatever else is good, is not so as an end, but as a mean, the formula may be accepted or rejected, but is not a subject of what is commonly understood by proof.

John Stuart Mill , Utilitarianism

When you're in a show, all through rehearsals Tech Week hovers out there like a magical holy grail. In reality, Tech Week is always a train wreck of missed cues, forgotten lines, malfunctioning set pieces and short tempers.

S.M. Stevens

Who among us has not suddenly looked into his child's face, in the midst of the toils and troubles of everyday life, and at that moment "seen" that everything which is good, is loved and lovable, loved by God! Such certainties all mean, at bottom, one and the same thing: that the world is plumb and sound; that everything comes to its appointed goal; that in spite of all appearances, underlying all things is - peace, salvation, gloria; that nothing and no one is lost; that "God holds in his hand the beginning, middle, and end of all that is." Such nonrational, intuitive certainties of the divine base of all that is can be vouchsafed to our gaze even when it is turned toward the most insignificant-looking things, if only it is a gaze inspired by love. That, in the precise sense, is contemplation...
Out of this kind of contemplation of the created world arise in never-ending wealth all true poetry and all real art, for it is the nature of poetry and art to be paean and praise heard above all the wails of lamentation. No one who is not capable of such contemplation can grasp poetry in a poetic fashion, that is to say, in the only meaningful fashion. The indispensability, the vital function of the arts in man's life, consists above all in this: that through them contemplation of the created world is kept alive and active.

Josef Pieper

Every piece of art is a mirror and serves the function of reflectivity to expose to you and reveal to you more of who you are.

Darryl Anka

Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about gravity.

Damien Hirst

Think of the great poetry, the music and dance and ritual that spring forth from our aspiring to a life beyond death. Maybe these things are justification enough for our hopes and dreams, although I wouldn't say that to a dying man.

Don DeLillo

When there is no tension between the inner beingness and that which is being expressed, there is grace.

Donna Goddard

I had brought from Paris the national prejudice against Italian music; but I had also received from nature that acute sensibility against which prejudices are powerless. I soon contracted the passion it inspires in all those born to understand it.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau , The Confessions

It's quite simple. I just don't feel right without a pen in my hand denting a hole through my notepad.

Veronika Carnaby

Whenever an art form loses its fire, when it gets weakened by intellectual inbreeding and first principles fade into stale tradition, a radical fringe eventually appears to blow it up and rebuild from the rubble. Young Gun ultrarunners were like Lost Generation writers in the ’20s, Beat poets in the ’50s, and rock musicians in the ’60s: they were poor and ignored and free from all expectations and inhibitions. They were body artists, playing with the palette of human endurance.

Christopher McDougall , Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

The value of an artist is more because of his originality than his skill.

Amit Kalantri

I’m convinced that the arts could be something of a higher power.

Veronika Carnaby

Giving Back reframes portraits of philanthropy.

Valaida Fullwood

it's all a popularity contest, which unfortunately often has more to do with good looks rather than actual talent.

Andrew James Pritchard

The purpose of art is to give the traveling human race an improved map that shows the way to itself. If art isn't for *that*, what is it for?

William Saroyan

I don’t want to re-write the same old book with the same tired techniques. I’d rather bring something new to the table that’s true to me and that people will have a genuine reaction to. That’s the whole point, isn’t it?

Veronika Carnaby

Many people don’t realize the connection between music and literature and I’m here to tell them that it does exist!

Veronika Carnaby

A career in the arts can make anyone crazy.

Christopher Bram

Có một thi sĩ làm thơ hô hào những nhà sáng tác, những ca sĩ từ bỏ lối sáng tác và ca hát đau thương đứt ruột. Ông ta viết những câu này, tôi còn nhớ:
Đừng kể nữa những mảnh tình tan tác,
Hãy đứng lên, nhạc sĩ, với tôi đi!
Tôi ghét anh ưa giọng hát sầu bi,
Và tung mãi những tâm hồn thường trụy lạc.
Hãy đứng dậy! Vứt chiếc cầm áo não!
Tôi cần nghe những khúc nhạc rất hùng,
Thét ngựa lòng phi mãi chẳng chồn chân,
Sáng như gươm tuốt, mạnh như luồng bão.
Ôi nhạc sĩ! Thật anh người thậm tệ!
Quan hoài chi những khúc hát mê ly,
Những câu ca không đẹp lại không thi
Của kỹ nữ vọc cuộc đời ê trệ?
Hãy cung kính nhượng những người tuổi tác,
Những bản đàn nhịp hát thiếu tinh thần.
Hãy ra xem sõng vỗ với mây vần,
Và sáng chể cho tôi vài điệu khác.
Nếu chúng ta cứ hát những bài khóc gió than mây và cứ nghe những bài độc huyền thì có thể ‘vận cái rủi’ vào số mạng của mình, tưới tẩm những hạt giống đau buồn, điều đó không tốt.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Feed your creative mind.
Feed your joyful, selfless heart.
Feed your soul to grow.
Feed with books, music, painting or arts,
Feed with your special favorite passion
you joyfully share near or far apart.

Angelica Hopes

A midst deceit I found the truth;
there in the rough I found a diamond.
And from the moment we met,
I think of no one else
Today I choose to be, to live and breathe;
to dream, to weep, and to sing in free verse.
And you, the object of my delight:
a like-minded opposite I am myself with,
a mind-fuck times six, seven, eight thousand and three.
I know that you love me with every inch of your deep.

Donato DiCristino

Ah, but is it not the mind that is the real grace of Homo sapiens? All the things to think about! All the things to read and appreciate! All the arts! All the things of the spirit!

Carol Emshwiller

It’s of some interest that the lively arts of the millennial U.S.A. treat anhedonia and internal emptiness as hip and cool. It’s maybe the vestiges of the Romantic Weltschmerz, which means world-weariness or hip ennui. Maybe it’s the fact that most of the arts here are produced by world-weary and sophisticated older people and then consumed by younger people who not only consume art but study it for clues on how to be cool, hip–and keep in mind that, for kids and younger people, to be hip and cool is the same as to be admired and accepted and included and so Unalone. Forget so-called peer-pressure. It’s more like peer-hunger. No? We enter a spiritual puberty where we snap to the fact that the great transcendent horror is loneliness, excluded encagement in the self.

David Foster Wallace