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    Ansel Adams

    You don't take a photograph, you make it.

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    Hedy Lamarr

    A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.

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    Gwendolyn Brooks

    Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.

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    Elbert Hubbard

    The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of elimination.

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    Jodie Foster

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

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    Anais Nin

    If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.

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    Max Eastman

    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.

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    Arthur Erickson

    Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.

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    Dale Carnegie

    The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.

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    William Hazlitt

    Rules and models destroy genius and art.

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    Quintilian

    The perfection of art is to conceal art.

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    Edgard Varese

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

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    Robert Indiana

    I think of my peace paintings as one long poem, with each painting being a single stanza.

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    Aristotle

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

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    Oliver Wendell Holmes

    Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.

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    Michelangelo

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

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    Federico Fellini

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

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    Robert Delaunay

    Light in Nature creates the movement of colors.

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    Theodore Bikel

    No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.

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    Novalis

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

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    Paul Strand

    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.

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    James Whistler

    An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.

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    James Taylor

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

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    Edgar Degas

    Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.

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    Marshall McLuhan

    Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.

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    Alexander Calder

    I paint with shapes.

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    Francis Bacon

    Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.

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    Friedrich Nietzsche

    The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

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    Robert Motherwell

    Wherever art appears, life disappears.

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    Salvador Dali

    Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.

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    Damien Hirst

    In an artwork you're always looking for artistic decisions, so an ashtray is perfect. An ashtray has got life and death.

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    Pablo Picasso

    Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

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    Clara Schumann

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

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    Plato

    The beginning is the most important part of the work.

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    Anatole France

    In art as in love, instinct is enough.

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    Peter De Vries

    Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.

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    Robert Mapplethorpe

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

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    Jim Hodges

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

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    Gilbert K. Chesterton

    Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.

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    Pablo Picasso

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

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    Lionel Trilling

    Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.

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    Gilbert K. Chesterton

    Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.

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    Pablo Picasso

    Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

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    Elbert Hubbard

    Art is not a thing; it is a way.

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    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

    I don't want to be interesting. I want to be good.

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    Ansel Adams

    Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.

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    Hendrik Willem Van Loon

    The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.

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    Andy Warhol

    I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.

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    Stephen Sondheim

    Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.

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    Andre Gide

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

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    Octavio Paz

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

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    Albert Camus

    Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.

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    John Ruskin

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

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    Friedrich Nietzsche

    We have art in order not to die of the truth.

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    Robert Indiana

    I was the least Pop of all the Pop artists.

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    Oscar Wilde

    Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

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    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Every artist was first an amateur.

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    George Santayana

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

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    Anish Kapoor

    Artists don't make objects. Artists make mythologies.

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    John Updike

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

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    Jean Rostand

    Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.

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    Khalil Gibran

    Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.

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    Leo Tolstoy

    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.

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    Thomas Merton

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

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    Laurie Anderson

    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.

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    Henri Matisse

    I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.

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    Miguel Angel Ruiz

    Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.

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    Harry S. Truman

    Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.

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    Theodore Dreiser

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

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    Jeff Koons

    I think about my work every minute of the day.

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    Robert Rauschenberg

    You begin with the possibilities of the material.

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    Cyril Connolly

    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.

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    Twyla Tharp

    Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

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    Arne Jacobsen

    If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.

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    Ambrose Bierce

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

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    Michelangelo

    A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.

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    Henri Cartier-Bresson

    The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.

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    Jean de La Fontaine

    By the work one knows the workman.

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    Tadao Ando

    My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process.

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    Henry Moore

    A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.

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    Havelock Ellis

    Every artist writes his own autobiography.

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    Amy Lowell

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

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    Theodor Adorno

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

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    Henry Ward Beecher

    Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

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    Gustave Flaubert

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

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    Walt Whitman

    The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.

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    Gilbert K. Chesterton

    Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.

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    Henry Miller

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

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    Henry A. Kissinger

    Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.

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    Friedrich Schiller

    Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.

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    Lucius Annaeus Seneca

    All art is but imitation of nature.

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    Roy Lichtenstein

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

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    Barbra Streisand

    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.

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    Andre Malraux

    Art is a revolt against fate. All art is a revolt against man's fate.

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    Alfred de Vigny

    Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.

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    Oscar Wilde

    Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.

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    Gertrude Stein

    A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.

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    Paul Cezanne

    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.

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    Paul Valery

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

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    Ambrose Bierce

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

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    Henry Moore

    It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    In art the best is good enough.

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    Paul Gauguin

    Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

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    Gian Carlo Menotti

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

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    Horace

    A picture is a poem without words.

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    Oscar Wilde

    A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.

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    Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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    Henry Miller

    The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.

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    Andre Gide

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

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    Arthur Erickson

    Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.

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    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Pictures must not be too picturesque.

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    Henri Matisse

    Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is.

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    Robert Delaunay

    Painting is by nature a luminous language.

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    Robert Mapplethorpe

    To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.

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    John Ciardi

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

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    Edward Steichen

    Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.

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    George Bernard Shaw

    Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.

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    Auguste Rodin

    I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.

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    Robert Indiana

    I realize that protest paintings are not exactly in vogue, but I've done many.

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    Henri Cartier-Bresson

    To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.

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    Franz Liszt

    Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.

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    Theodor Adorno

    Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.

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    Andy Warhol

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

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    David Herbert Lawrence

    The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.

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    Roy Lichtenstein

    Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms.

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    Helen Hayes

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

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    Pablo Picasso

    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.

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    Alexander Calder

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

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    Albert Camus

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

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    Jackson Pollock

    Every good painter paints what he is.

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    Emile Zola

    The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

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    Robert Delaunay

    Vision is the true creative rhythm.

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    Vincent Van Gogh

    If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

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    Robert Delaunay

    Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.

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    Dorothea Lange

    Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.

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    John Berger

    What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.

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    Fran Lebowitz

    Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.

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    Jackson Pollock

    My painting does not come from the easel.

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    Henri Matisse

    Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.

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    Alexander Pope

    So vast is art, so narrow human wit.

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    Henry David Thoreau

    This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

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    Marc Chagall

    Great art picks up where nature ends.

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    Georgia O'Keeffe

    I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.

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    Abraham Lincoln

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

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    Al Capp

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

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    John Ruskin

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

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    Igor Stravinsky

    Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.

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    Ansel Adams

    There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

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    Charles Horton Cooley

    An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.

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    William Wordsworth

    Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.

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    Louis Kahn

    Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul.

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    Jerzy Kosinski

    The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.

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    David Hockney

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

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    Jean Cocteau

    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.

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    Marshall McLuhan

    Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.

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    Jonathan Swift

    Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.

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    Jackson Pollock

    I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Personality is everything in art and poetry.

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    Winston Churchill

    Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

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    Edward Steichen

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

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    Edward Steichen

    When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration.

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    Napoleon Bonaparte

    A picture is worth a thousand words.

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    Jerzy Kosinski

    The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.

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    Agnes Martin

    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.

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    Scott Adams

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

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    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.

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    Gustave Flaubert

    Of all lies, art is the least untrue.

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    Paul Getty

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

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    Frank Lloyd Wright

    Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.

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    W. Somerset Maugham

    Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.

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    Thomas Wolfe

    Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.

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    Honore de Balzac

    If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.

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    Oscar Wilde

    No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

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    E. M. Forster

    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.

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    Paul Gauguin

    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.

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    Ellen Key

    The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.

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    Eugene Delacroix

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

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    Salvador Dali

    The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.

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    Francis Ford Coppola

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

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    Paul Getty

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

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    Kary Mullis

    Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.

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    Robert Smithson

    Artists themselves are not confined, but their output is.

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    Carroll O'Connor

    Even a true artist does not always produce art.

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    Sarah McLachlan

    Trying to force creativity is never good.

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    Michelangelo

    Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.

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    Robert Schumann

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

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    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Art is the proper task of life.

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    Albert Einstein

    True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.

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    Pierre Bonnard

    A painting that is well composed is half finished.

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    E. M. Forster

    Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake.

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    William Faulkner

    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.

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    George Edward Moore

    A great artist is always before his time or behind it.

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    Isaac Bashevis Singer

    Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.

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    Jean Anouilh

    Things are beautiful if you love them.

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    Carl Rogers

    The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.

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    Wilson Mizner

    Art is science made clear.

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    Salvador Dali

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

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    Samuel Butler

    The history of art is the history of revivals.

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