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Al Hirschfeld Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Al Hirschfeld.

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.
- Al Hirschfeld

Life isn't a science.
We make it up as we go.
- Al Hirschfeld

You always feel the drawing you are working on is the best you've ever done...
I am only interested in the present.
- Al Hirschfeld

Artists themselves are not confined,
but their output is.
- Robert Smithson

 

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those
who cannot attain it in anything.
- Gustave Flaubert

Artists don't make objects.
Artists make mythologies.
- Anish Kapoor

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
- Igor Stravinsky

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I was the least Pop of all the Pop artists.
- Robert Indiana

Immature artists imitate.
Mature artists steal.
- Lionel Trilling

Those artists who say that somehow therapy or analysis
will thwart their creativity are completely misinformed.
It's absolutely the opposite: it opens closed doors.
- Paul Schrader

I think it's pretentious to create art just for the
sake of stroking the artists ego.
- Lou Reed

It's not about battling the original artists when I record these songs,
it's about paying tribute to them.
- Etta James

A lot of artists say, I'm not political.
People are afraid of this word.
- Holly Near

Great artists have no country.
- Alfred de Musset

As the scripts come in they are sent to the artists,
and the artists are either very busy,
or ready to start.
- Garth Ennis

And obviously, when I started out, I had a little bit
more curiosity than some,
and went seeking out the original artists,
or in some cases searching up country music.
- Elvis Costello

The industry is a menace to artists.
- Nikki Sixx

The truth is, we haven't really figured out yet how
artists are going to thrive in modern mass societies.
We're all experiments.
- Brad Holland

The best artists are gone now.
- Johnny Winter

I've been compared to hundreds of artists,
which just goes to show you that I'm not any one thing at all.
- Lenny Kravitz

There's no question that many more women artists are
showing worldwide now than they were when I was a young woman,
and that's really great.
- Judy Chicago

I had a very unusual contract.
Most artists actually pay for their record dates and
it comes out of their royalties.
I paid for nothing.
- Jo Stafford

At the moment, I have it planned as a six or seven year experiment,
but the books will only ever appear in bursts like
this every couple of years and only with the best quality artists.
- Mark Millar

All the things we have to remember, and I've mentioned this before,
is that we're all artists.
- Terrence Howard

I had been stockpiling Gospel songs for other artists,
and had planned to submit them to Gospel artists.
- Smokey Robinson

To me I think artists in general make a statement -
and for the rest of their lives -
every album,
every book - are variations on a theme.
- Mark Mothersbaugh

Artists, no matter how good their intentions,
are always slower than they think.
- Mark Millar

But I found a lot of artists at the Cedar Bar were
difficult for me to talk to.
- Robert Rauschenberg

So ultimately, it's idealistic to think that artists
are able to step away from the power of the media and
the way it controls things,
and go on doing their own things.
- Thom Yorke

Most artists work all the time, they do actually,
especially good artists, they work all the time,
what else is there to do? I mean you do.
- David Hockney

Many fail to realize this great recording industry
was built by so-called jazz artists.
And at the other end of the spectrum,
a base in European classical music as well.
- Ahmad Jamal

Subjective artists are one-eyed, but objective artists are blind.
- Georges Rouault

I do greatly admire Australian artists.
- Jeffrey Archer

Memory is the greatest of artists, and effaces from
your mind what is unnecessary.
- Maurice Baring

It used to be that Nashville would work to develop promising artists.
- Crystal Gayle

For some reason, all artists have self-esteem issues.
- Whoopi Goldberg

Unless artists can remember what it was to be a little boy,
they are only half complete as artist and as man.
- James Thurber

I've tried to help a lot of young artists get started.
- Charley Pride

You don't know how much artists go through to make it look so easy.
It's all in the practice.
- Lauryn Hill

The Constitution wanted artists to have control over
their works because they knew it would create incentive to create more works.
That is clearly still the goal.
- Hilary Rosen

I didn't want to save art - I respected the older artists
too much to think art needed saving.
But I knew it was finished, even though,
at that time, I didn't know what I would do.
- Sol LeWitt

Artists usually don't make all that much money,
and they often keep their artistic hobby despite the
money rather than due to it.
- Linus Torvalds

Lately I've been a workaholic.
I'm in the studio all the time and I've helped to produce a couple of artists.
- Duncan Sheik

A lot of artists are much more concerned about how
their work is used and how it's disseminated.
That, to artists, is as important as the money,
for some people.
- Hilary Rosen

I wasn't thinking of competing with any artists as such,
I was more thinking of being among them,
and sharing thoughts with them; like sharing views,
ideas, etc.
- Dennis Brown

Artists don't always know.
Almost every song I ever recorded that was a hit at
the majors that the promotional people picked I didn't think it would be a hit.
I was wrong every time!
- Roy Ayers

Success breeds volume, and it's just amazing how many young writers,
artists, and musicians there are in town.
- Steven Curtis Chapman

I think that most artists are leaning towards fragile idiots.
- Josh Silver

I hope my work has inspired young artists.
I have always tried to maintain my freedom as an artist
and I feel it is one of the main reasons I have been successful.
- Frank Frazetta

We haven't had a slew of artists, but the artists we
do come out with have always had the same momentum.
- Jermaine Dupri

I think most artists create out of despair.
The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside,
it's a painful, difficult search within.
- Louise Berliawsky Nevelson

But I listen to everything, I listen to all artists that come along.
- Skitch Henderson

The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication:
that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.
- Jean Cocteau

Well, first of all it's entertainment.
That stops us becoming too pretentious or thinking we're great artists.
- Richard Thompson

And if we must educate our poets and artists in science,
we must educate our masters, labour and capital,
in art.
- John B. S. Haldane

I've always gotten along best with artists.
- Jerry Hall

Even though other people wrote my songs I put my stamp on them.
I have a connection, but there is no truer connection
than an artists and their own song.
- Justin Guarini

All kids, when they go to school, are pretty good artists
and dancers and singers and poets.
All that gets buried, basically through being educated,
or brainwashed.
- William Wiley

Great artists suffer for the people.
- Marvin Gaye

Competitions are for horses, not artists.
- Bela Bartok

The number of contemporary artists who appeal to me is infinitesimal.
- Nick Lowe

I've never understood why artists, who so often condescend
to the cliches of their own culture,
are so eager to embrace the cliches of cultures they know nothing about.
- Brad Holland

I'm involved with Recording Artists and Actors Against Drunk Driving.
I'm also involved with most children's causes,
because children can't help the environment they're in.
- Judd Nelson

I think that it can be said of a lot of artists,
and myself included, that we made the same record over
and over from the beginning.
- Boz Scaggs

For me, making the show work was getting belly laughs -
like most variety artists.
But the straight actor believes you fix your performance
in rehearsal and that's it.
- Ron Moody

I do not deny that I have made drawings and watercolors of an erotic nature.
But they are always works of art.
Are there no artists who have done erotic pictures?
- Egon Schiele

Let's look at people as artists and try to support them;
just because Picasso painted a couple of bad paintings,
that's no reason to say he's a lousy painter.
- Steve Guttenberg

Artists today think of everything they do as a work of art.
It is important to forget about what you are doing -
then a work of art may happen.
- Andrew Wyeth

Some artists want a producer to be a kind of svengali -
someone who actually creates a sound for them.
- Jerry Harrison

There are many artists that I present that I admit
I like less than I do others.
But I think that they warrant being presented by my own,
personal standards.
- Norman Granz

There has never been any proper commitment to marketing
these artists and their music.
We are not Sony.
- Eddy Grant


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