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True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
Every artist was first an amateur.
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
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.
Pictures must not be too picturesque.
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
An artist is always alone – if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
We have art in order not to die of the truth.
Art is the proper task of life.
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
Art is not a thing it is a way.
You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
A picture is a poem without words.
Without freedom, no art art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
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.
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
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.
An artist cannot fail it is a success to be one.
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
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.
The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
In art the best is good enough.
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.
The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
All art is but imitation of nature.
An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.
I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
Even a true artist does not always produce art.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
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.
Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
I cry out for order and find it only in art.
Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.
Art is man’s expression of his joy in labor.
Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
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.
Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.
I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.
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.
The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.
Art for art’s sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.
Every good painter paints what he is.
The history of art is the history of revivals.
The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
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.
Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.
Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.
Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.
My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art.
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.
What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.
To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.
Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.
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.
Art is science made clear.
Rules and models destroy genius and art.
Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.
What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.
The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
Things are beautiful if you love them.
I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist.
Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.
Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
Art is the daughter of freedom.
Every artist writes his own autobiography.
Great art picks up where nature ends.
When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
The perfection of art is to conceal art.
My painting does not come from the easel.
Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
Art is a revolt against fate. All art is a revolt against man’s fate.
Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.
I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.
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.
Wherever art appears, life disappears.
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.
An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor.
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.
I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.
Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.
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.
Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.
My hand is the extension of the thinking process – the creative process.
That’s the motivation of an artist – to seek attention of some kind.
The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.
Art hurts. Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home.
I think about my work every minute of the day.
Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
By the work one knows the workman.
Art doesn’t transform. It just plain forms.
My love of fine art increased – the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see.
Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
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.
Artists don’t make objects. Artists make mythologies.
The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers – and never succeeding.
The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don’t dare reveal.
The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.
Trying to force creativity is never good.
Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
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.
Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
Vision is the true creative rhythm.
No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
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.
In an artwork you’re always looking for artistic decisions, so an ashtray is perfect. An ashtray has got life and death.
Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers… What we call art is a game.
The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
I think an artist’s responsibility is more complex than people realize.
Painting is by nature a luminous language.
A painting that is well composed is half finished.
Artists themselves are not confined, but their output is.
When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration.
If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
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.
Light in Nature creates the movement of colors.
Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.
Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.
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.
Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.
Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.
When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others, to bring them into the process.
You begin with the possibilities of the material.
To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there’s no such thing as perfect.
Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
I think of my peace paintings as one long poem, with each painting being a single stanza.
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.
Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.
Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
I paint with shapes.
I was the least Pop of all the Pop artists.
I realize that protest paintings are not exactly in vogue, but I’ve done many.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.
Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.
It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.
A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
All art is quite useless.
I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.
There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
The art of love is largely the art of persistence.
The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it’s dead for you.
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
Speak the truth, do not yield to anger give, if thou art asked for little by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.
A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.
Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences.
If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.
Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.
Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.
Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.
Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.
I do not know what the spirit of a philosopher could more wish to be than a good dancer. For the dance is his ideal, also his fine art, finally also the only kind of piety he knows, his ‘divine service.’
The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.
Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.’ The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of ‘Artist.’
When art dresses in worn-out material it is most easily recognized as art.
Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.
Art raises its head where creeds relax.
The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art.
Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.
Politics is the art of controlling your environment.
Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.
It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.
She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
You use a glass mirror to see your face you use works of art to see your soul.
Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.
Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.
The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.
Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
We’re going to shoot one Polaroid per show. I’m going to sign this before it even develops because I know that once it develops with my signature on it, it’s worth a fortune. I’ll make this a work of magic warlock art.
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third.
My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art.
Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need.
Love isn’t an emotion or an instinct – it’s an art.
Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
When you create art, the world has to wait.
I started to make a study of the art of war and revolution and, whilst abroad, underwent a course in military training. If there was to be guerrilla warfare, I wanted to be able to stand and fight with my people and to share the hazards of war with them.
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honor.
To catch a husband is an art to hold him is a job.
Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
He who possesses art and science has religion he who does not possess them, needs religion.
Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.
Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
I think art is the only thing that’s spiritual in the world. And I refuse to forced to believe in other people’s interpretations of God. I don’t think anybody should be. No one person can own the copyright to what God means.
I never called my work an ‘art’. It’s part of show business, the business of building entertainment.
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.
The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.
Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.
Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.
One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.
Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples.
Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest – never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principles of equal partnership.
The web, then, or the pattern, a web at once sensuous and logical, an elegant and pregnant texture: that is style, that is the foundation of the art of literature.
Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble in a statue the marble must be like flesh.
He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.
When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man’s life.
Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image.
Surely all art is the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.
I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth, thou art not my abyss!
Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.
Perhaps it’s good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he’s happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?
The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.
The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.
Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.
I think most of the people involved in any art always secretly wonder whether they are really there because they’re good or there because they’re lucky.
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
To array a man’s will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.
There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.
Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.
Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.
To my mind the old masters are not art their value is in their scarcity.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.
Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.
I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can’t help it. It’s the truth.
The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.
We want to answer this classical question, who am I? So I think that most of our works are for art, or whatever we do, including science or religion, tried to answer that question.
Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.
Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I’ve a call.
Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.
Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.
All in the Family was intellectual it was art.
The person who knows one thing and does it better than anyone else, even if it only be the art of raising lentils, receives the crown he merits. If he raises all his energy to that end, he is a benefactor of mankind and its rewarded as such.
We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand.
Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.
The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.
Life is not an exact science, it is an art.
The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself.
To be able to endure odium is the first art to be learned by those who aspire to power.
If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.
Every bit of me is devoted to love and art. And I aspire to try to be a teacher to my young fans who feel just like I felt when I was younger. I just felt like a freak. I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m trying to liberate them, I want to free them of their fears and make them feel that they can make their own space in the world.
No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.
Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
I think music is the greatest art form that exists, and I think people listen to music for different reasons, and it serves different purposes. Some of it is background music, and some of it is things that might affect a person’s day, if not their life, or change an attitude. The best songs are the ones that make you feel something.
Art never improves, but… the material of art is never quite the same.
Being an artist is dragging your innermost feelings out, giving a piece of yourself, no matter in which art form, in which medium.
The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.
Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.
The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
What is Art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the Real.
A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.
Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.
I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.
In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.
Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.
And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves ‘It’s pretty, but is it Art?’
Eloquence, n. The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any color appear white.
I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in that art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible.
All architecture is great architecture after sunset perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.
Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them no art can keep or acquire them.
Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.
A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
In seeking wisdom thou art wise in imagining that thou hast attained it – thou art a fool.
Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.
Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts – the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
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