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    Lionel Trilling

    Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.

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    Theodor Adorno

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

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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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    Robert Motherwell

    Wherever art appears, life disappears.

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    Plato

    The beginning is the most important part of the work.

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    Robert Delaunay

    Painting is by nature a luminous language.

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    Gwendolyn Brooks

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

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    Anatole France

    In art as in love, instinct is enough.

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    Thomas Wolfe

    Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.

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    Quintilian

    The perfection of art is to conceal art.

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    Michelangelo

    Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.

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    Peter De Vries

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

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    Federico Fellini

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

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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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    Hedy Lamarr

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

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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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    Jerzy Kosinski

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

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    Paul Gauguin

    Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

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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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    Honore de Balzac

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

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    Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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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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    Andre Malraux

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

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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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    Alexander Calder

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

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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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    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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    Dorothea Lange

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

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    Ellen Key

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

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    Oscar Wilde

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

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    Michelangelo

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

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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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    Jodie Foster

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

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    Jean Anouilh

    Things are beautiful if you love them.

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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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    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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    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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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.

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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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    Horace

    A picture is a poem without words.

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    Marshall McLuhan

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

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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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    Elbert Hubbard

    Art is not a thing; it is a way.

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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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    Salvador Dali

    Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.

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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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    Theodore Dreiser

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

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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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    Albert Einstein

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

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    Alexander Calder

    I paint with shapes.

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    George Santayana

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

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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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    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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    Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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    Emile Zola

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

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    Kary Mullis

    Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.

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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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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    In art the best is good enough.

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    Theodor Adorno

    Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.

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    Pablo Picasso

    Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

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    Charles Horton Cooley

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

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    Sarah McLachlan

    Trying to force creativity is never good.

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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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    Eugene Delacroix

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

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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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    George Bernard Shaw

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

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    Stephen Sondheim

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

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    Anish Kapoor

    Artists don't make objects. Artists make mythologies.

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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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    Arthur Erickson

    Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.

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    Clara Schumann

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

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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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    Frank Lloyd Wright

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

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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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    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Pictures must not be too picturesque.

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    Auguste Rodin

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

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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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    Dale Carnegie

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

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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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    Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

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    Ambrose Bierce

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

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    Jean Rostand

    Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.

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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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    Wilson Mizner

    Art is science made clear.

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    Napoleon Bonaparte

    A picture is worth a thousand words.

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    Alexander Pope

    So vast is art, so narrow human wit.

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    Andy Warhol

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

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    Michelangelo

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

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    Igor Stravinsky

    Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.

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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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    Al Capp

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

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    Robert Mapplethorpe

    To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.

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    Robert Mapplethorpe

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

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    Lucius Annaeus Seneca

    All art is but imitation of nature.

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    Jonathan Swift

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

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    Tadao Ando

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

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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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    Carroll O'Connor

    Even a true artist does not always produce art.

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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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    James Whistler

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

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    Henry A. Kissinger

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

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    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Every artist was first an amateur.

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    Francis Bacon

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

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    Pierre Bonnard

    A painting that is well composed is half finished.

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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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    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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    Novalis

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

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    Henry David Thoreau

    This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

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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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    George Edward Moore

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

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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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    Andre Gide

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

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    Gertrude Stein

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

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    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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    Franz Liszt

    Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.

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    Robert Smithson

    Artists themselves are not confined, but their output is.

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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

    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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    Henry Ward Beecher

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

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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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    Helen Hayes

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

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    Salvador Dali

    The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.

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    Jean de La Fontaine

    By the work one knows the workman.

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    Albert Camus

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

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    Oscar Wilde

    Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.

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    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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    Roy Lichtenstein

    Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms.

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    Harry S. Truman

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

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Personality is everything in art and poetry.

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    Thomas Merton

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

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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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    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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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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    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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    Andy Warhol

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

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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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    Miguel Angel Ruiz

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

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    Roy Lichtenstein

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

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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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    Marshall McLuhan

    Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.

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    Ansel Adams

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

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    Oliver Wendell Holmes

    Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.

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    William Wordsworth

    Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.

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    Ansel Adams

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

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    William Hazlitt

    Rules and models destroy genius and art.

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    Robert Delaunay

    Vision is the true creative rhythm.

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    John Updike

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

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    Scott Adams

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

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    Oscar Wilde

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

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    Marc Chagall

    Great art picks up where nature ends.

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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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    Gustave Flaubert

    Of all lies, art is the least untrue.

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    Arthur Erickson

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

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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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    Havelock Ellis

    Every artist writes his own autobiography.

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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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    Jackson Pollock

    Every good painter paints what he is.

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    Robert Rauschenberg

    You begin with the possibilities of the material.

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    Henri Matisse

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

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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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    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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    Jerzy Kosinski

    The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.

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    Jeff Koons

    I think about my work every minute of the day.

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    Robert Delaunay

    Light in Nature creates the movement of colors.

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    Gustave Flaubert

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

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    Twyla Tharp

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

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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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    Arne Jacobsen

    If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.

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    Henry Miller

    The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.

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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

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

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    Paul Valery

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

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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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    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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    Henri Matisse

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

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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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    James Taylor

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

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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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    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

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

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    Robert Indiana

    I was the least Pop of all the Pop artists.

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    Ansel Adams

    Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.

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    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Art is the proper task of life.

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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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    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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    Theodore Bikel

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

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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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    Robert Delaunay

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

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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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    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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    Ambrose Bierce

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

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    Samuel Butler

    The history of art is the history of revivals.

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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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    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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    Jackson Pollock

    My painting does not come from the easel.

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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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    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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