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Artist Quotes

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There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles,
and from that moment he is following the dark rapids
of an underground river which may sometimes flow so
near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.
- Cyril Connolly

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

The artist in me cries out for design.
- Robert Frost

 

Every production of an artist should be the expression
of an adventure of his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
- George Edward Moore

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

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An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
- James Whistler

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas,
a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
- Edward Steichen

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place:
from the sky,
from the earth, from a scrap of paper,
from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
- Pablo Picasso

The highest art is always the most religious,
and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
- Abraham Lincoln

I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist.
I never think about money.
Beautiful things make money.
- Lord Acton

I've been called many names like perfectionist,
difficult and obsessive.
I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the
details for any artist to be good.
- Barbra Streisand

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

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
- George Santayana

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty,
you know you're an artist.
- David Hockney

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The artist is nothing without the gift,
but the gift is nothing without work.
- Emile Zola

The artist's world is limitless.
It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.
It is always on his doorstep.
- Paul Strand

I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist,
but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.
- Michael Palin

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

The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
- Novalis

My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role,
is to try and express what we all feel.
Not to tell people how to feel.
Not as a preacher, not as a leader,
but as a reflection of us all.
- John Lennon

I love power.
But it is as an artist that I love it.
I love it as a musician loves his violin,
to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion,
which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed
so that a hundred years later,
when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
- William Faulkner

I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
- Jodie Foster

An artist never really finishes his work,
he merely abandons it.
- Paul Valery

To an engineer, good enough means perfect.
With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.
- Alexander Calder

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts -
such is the duty of the artist.
- Robert Schumann

A group or an artist shouldn't get his money until his boss gets his.
- Bobby Darin

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
- Eugene Delacroix

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't
doubt what they're doing.
- Francis Ford Coppola

An artist is always alone - if he is an artist.
No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
- Henry Miller

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
- Charles Horton Cooley

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions;
and the plant is,
to a landscape artist, not only a plant -
rare,
unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance -
but it is also a color,
a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.
- Roberto Burle Marx

Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
- Franz Liszt

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist,
and the less the artist does the better.
- Andre Gide

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
- Andy Warhol

An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
- Edgard Varese

That's the motivation of an artist -
to seek attention of some kind.
- James Taylor

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

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
- Igor Stravinsky

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

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

Immature artists imitate.
Mature artists steal.
- Lionel Trilling

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

Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Rainbows and butterflies are themselves beautiful and highly symbolic,
but they are also representative of
all the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

While they were saying among themselves
it cannot be done, it was done.
- Helen Keller

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

A hero may or may not lead other people,
but all heroes lead themselves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.
- E. F. Schumacher

It is only in adventure that some people
succeed in knowing themselves -
in finding themselves.
- Andre Gide

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

Trust men and they will be true to you;
treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All endeavors which are directed to a purely worldly end,
contain within themselves the seeds of their own corruption.
- Theodore H. White

Conventional people are roused to fury
by departure from convention,
largely because they regard such departure
as a criticism of themselves.
- Bertrand Russell

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains,
at the huge waves of the sea,
at the long courses of rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars;
and they pass by themselves without wondering.
- St. Augustine

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

Many people know so little about what
is beyond their short range of experience.
They look within themselves - and find nothing!
Therefore they conclude that there
is nothing outside themselves either.
- Helen Keller

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

People are afraid, very much afraid of those who know themselves.
They have a certain power, a certain aura and a certain magnetism.
- Osho

Nothing other people do is because of you.
It is because of themselves
- don Miguel Ruiz

People sort themselves into groups
of happy people and unhappy people
through two different, but complementary mechanisms,
influence and affinity.
I influence those around me
with my emotional state, either happy or unhappy.
At the same time, I feel an affinity
for others who are like me in some way -
in this case by sharing my emotional outlook on life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each and every human being on Earth
has both the responsibility and the privilege
of viewing themselves as Divine beings
with the power to bring about peace.
- James Twyman

Inspire people to do things for themselves.
Inspire people to think for themselves.
- Bono


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