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Art Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Art.

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training,
for it trains people as to how they should think.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
- Pablo Picasso

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next
to a God made object like a tree or flower.
If it clashes, it is not art.
- Paul Cezanne

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
- Gustave Flaubert

 

All art is autobiographical.
The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
- Federico Fellini

Be slow to fall into friendship;
but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
- Socrates

Art consists of limitation.
The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Drawing is the honesty of the art.
There is no possibility of cheating.
It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali

Wherever art appears, life disappears.
- Robert Motherwell

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others,
to bring them into the process.
- Jim Hodges

Art is the desire of a man to express himself,
to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
- Amy Lowell

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
- Harry S. Truman

The perfection of art is to conceal art.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

It is art that makes life, makes interest,
makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever
for the force and beauty of its process.
- Max Eastman

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art;
men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
- E. M. Forster

The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully
few real and lasting products of human endeavor.
- Paul Getty

Your life is the manifestation of your dream;
it is an art.
You can change your life anytime if
you aren't enjoying the dream.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is
an invention of philosophers...
What we call art is a game.
- Octavio Paz

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
- Theodor Adorno

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
- Anatole France

Take time today to appreciate beauty -
natural beauty, art, people.
Slow down, breathe deeply, smile.
It's a beautiful world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
- Arne Jacobsen

The more horrifying this world becomes,
the more art becomes abstract.
- Ellen Key

Art is not a study of positive reality,
it is the seeking for ideal truth.
- John Ruskin

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Art doesn't transform.
It just plain forms.
- Roy Lichtenstein

Treat a work of art like a prince.
Let it speak to you first.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
- Oscar Wilde

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men,
is the same as saying of some kind of food that it
is very good but that most people can't eat it.
- Leo Tolstoy

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.
- Salvador Dali

Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the
unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
- Al Capp

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Art is the stored honey of the human soul,
gathered on wings of misery and travail.
- Theodore Dreiser

The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
- David Herbert Lawrence

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

I cry out for order and find it only in art.
- Helen Hayes

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers -
and never succeeding.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than
to continue living for art.
- Clara Schumann

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
- Carroll O'Connor

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language
that can transcend political or social boundaries.
- Jimmy Carter

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome.
No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
- Andre Gide

Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.
- Kary Mullis

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
- Ambrose Bierce

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
- Jean Rostand

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

Minimal art went nowhere.
- Sol LeWitt

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

Love isn't an emotion or an instinct - it's an art.
- Mae West

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time.
Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things
which always become ugly with time.
- Jean Cocteau

Art is not a thing; it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
- John Updike

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head,
and the heart of man go together.
- John Ruskin

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
- Roy Lichtenstein

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
- Theodor Adorno

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
- Jonathan Swift

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
- Scott Adams

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.
- Aristotle

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather,
and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce

A guilty conscience needs to confess.
A work of art is a confession.
- Albert Camus

Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
- Michelangelo


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