119 Best Quotes about Art

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You know, art is very emotional business. But mostly it becomes not emotional, the fabric of commodity. It becomes business. It becomes so many different things. Because we forgot there was emotions involved. - Marina Abramovic, Artist

One of my inspirations, Harry Houdini, remains an icon of the art because he defied our primal fears. His demonstrations in the early 20th century, especially his escape from the Chinese water torture cell, represented triumph over suffocation, drowning, disorientation and helplessness. - Criss Angel, Entertainer

Life Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Fear Quotes, Procrastination Quotes

Inspiration comes from everywhere: books, art, people on the street. It is an interior process for me. - Colleen Atwood, Designer

Life Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Fear Quotes, Procrastination Quotes

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

Life Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Creativity Quotes, Fear Quotes, Mistakes Quotes, Procrastination Quotes


Movies are collaborative, and that's part of what makes it a great experience. They're different from a lot of other art forms, but also it makes it seem like when you see the final product, you go, 'I wouldn't have done that. I wouldn't have done this.' - Casey Affleck, Actor

Great Quotes, Experience Quotes

You create a work of art. You do not know whether it will get public sanction. Sometimes outstanding films do no business, and sometimes films which are not so good work. - Dev Anand, Actor

Business Quotes, Work Quotes

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. - Nelson Mandela

Revolution Quotes, War Quotes

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul. - George Bernard Shaw

Work Quotes

Performance art is about joy, about making something that's so full of kind of a wild joy that you really can't put into words. - Laurie Anderson, Musician

Performance Quotes

Poor France, thy fine climate, rich vineyards, and the wishes of the learned avail nothing; thou art a destitute beggar, and not the powerful friend thou wert represented to me. - John James Audubon, Scientist

Rich Quotes, Power Quotes

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

Aim Quotes

Every work of art is an uncommitted crime. - Theodor Adorno, Philosopher

Work Quotes

To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine. - Henry Ward Beecher, Clergyman

Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination. - Theodor Adorno, Philosopher

The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning. - Aristotle, Greek Philosopher

Argument Quotes

You are only an actor if you absolutely love it and can not do anything else. Starving for your art is great in your 20s, but it's not so great at 35. It has to be absolute love. You can't worry about being a movie star or anything else. Just love. That's it. - James Avery, Actor

Love Quotes, Great Quotes, Worry Quotes

France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme. - Matthew Arnold , Poet

Great Quotes, Fame Quotes

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. - Albert Einstein, German Physicist

Religion Quotes, Science Quotes

Writers want to summarize: What does this mean? What did we learn from this? That's a very 19th-century way of thinking about art, because it assumes that it should make our lives better or teach us something. - Laurie Anderson, Musician

Thinking Quotes, Writers Quotes

I think comedians should focus on what makes them happy, what art form fulfills them the most. Don't be calculated about it and say, 'Okay, I'm gonna tweet, and I'm gonna podcast, and I'm gonna do standup, and one of those things is going to lead me to my own TV show.' I don't think that should be the goal. - Scott Aukerman, Writer

Goal Quotes

And I know I'm supposed to feel guilty for wanting people to buy my books... and books in general? Novels and poetry, they belong to the realm of art. How dirty of us to try to hawk art! But, after a decade of hand-wringing and apologies, I can't quite muster the guilt anymore. - Julianna Baggott, Novelist

Apology Quotes, Guilt Quotes, Poetry Quotes

Most of the more celebrated names among African-American authors, poets, and artists are known to the world because of their association with specific cultural arts movements. - Aberjhani, American Historian

American Quotes

Performance has to be mainstream art. This is what I'm fighting for. - Marina Abramovic, Artist

Performance Quotes

I always think I know the way a novel will go. I write maps on oversized art pads like the kind I carried around in college when I was earnest about drawing. I need to have some idea of the shape of the novel, where its headed, so that I can proceed with confidence. But the truth is my characters start doing and saying things I don't expect. - Julianna Baggott, Novelist

Truth Quotes, Character Quotes, Confidence Quotes

Every song, every form of art, clothing, shoes, it has to be special. - Afrojack, Dutch Musician

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song. - Henri Frederic Amiel, Philosopher

Action Quotes, Great Quotes, Music Quotes

What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying. - Oscar Wilde

Lying Quotes

Art is something to be proud of. Art is no compromise. - Christian Bale, Actor

Compromise Quotes

When people say that L.A. doesn't have a culture, I think it really does: a very old culture, and very specific. There's streets named after entertainers, and statues of entertainers, and it's great. Entertainment is still art, even if it makes billions of dollars. So it's like a city built on entertainment, and art in a way. - Fred Armisen , Comedian

Great Quotes

What I am sad about is that there is now, in America, no equivalent to the art circuit. - Richard Attenborough, Actor

Some like to think that a keen appreciation of art can actually make us better people - more just, more moral, more sensitive, more understanding. Perhaps that is true - in certain rare, isolated cases. - Paul Auster, Author

Understanding Quotes, Appreciation Quotes

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. - Albert Camus, French Philosopher

Music Quotes

Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day. - Friedrich Nietzsche

When art is defined by Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons, you've got a society that's impoverished. - Robert Adams, Photographer

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. - Groucho Marx

Trouble Quotes, Lying Quotes, Politics Quotes

I'll dabble here and there in different forms of the art, but the label has me locked down like a slave so, of course, I'll be doing albums during this time. - Erykah Badu, Musician

Time Quotes

I don't think there is such a thing as being too raunchy when it comes to the art form of burlesque. - Christina Aguilera, Musician

You know how you feel somebody looking at you, and you turn, and somebody actually is? It's the same at an art gallery. You're looking at one portrait, turn around, and there is a work of art directly behind you. Because it's all energy. Every single thing has energy. - Marina Abramovic, Artist

Work Quotes, Energy Quotes

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. - Napoleon Bonaparte, Leader

I acquired an admiration for Japanese culture, art, and architecture, and learned of the existence of the game of GO, which I still play. - Philip Warren Anderson, Scientist

I'm free. I just do what I want, say what I want, say how I feel, and I don't try to hurt nobody. I just try to make sure that I don't compromise my art in any kind of way, and I think people respect that. - Erykah Badu, Musician

Compromise Quotes, Respect Quotes

I have a passion for modern and contemporary art. I spend a lot of time in museums; I particularly like the Guggenheim, MoMA in New York or LACMA and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, for example. I cannot wait for the Louis Vuitton Foundation to open. - Delphine Arnault , Businesswoman

Time Quotes, Passion Quotes

Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity. - Lester Bangs, Critic

Great Quotes, Time Quotes, Work Quotes, Future Quotes

You know, art is very emotional business. But mostly it becomes not emotional, the fabric of commodity. It becomes business. It becomes so many different things. Because we forgot there was emotions involved. - Marina Abramovic, Artist

Business Quotes, Emotion Quotes

I think an art collection is a lot like a diary. Your taste evolves with time. I try to never sell anything, because it's part of my journey. - Delphine Arnault , Businesswoman

Time Quotes

The theatre is a gross art, built in sweeps and over-emphasis. Compromise is its second name. - Enid Bagnold, Author

Compromise Quotes

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education. - George Bernard Shaw

Education Quotes, Philosophy Quotes, Science Quotes

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. - Groucho Marx

I think that music and art and film, at their best, can connect with something that is eternal in human beings, that might not have so many labels on it, something that's ultimately universal and that may just be a feeling. - Tunde Adebimpe, Musician

Feeling Quotes, Music Quotes

An arts degree is like a diploma in origami. And about as much use. - J. G. Ballard

Most people are not good people. In business, in art, in almost every 'world' I've been in, most people I've meet are pretty gray to black. It takes practice to be the person who is a source of compassion and honesty. - James Altucher, Author

Business Quotes, Honesty Quotes, Practice Quotes, Compassion Quotes

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Great Quotes, Gratitude Quotes

Your talent is your art. It is not to be taken for granted. - Paula Abdul, Musician

Talent Quotes

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

Freedom Quotes

4 Top quotes about Art by William S. Burroughs

I see no reason why the artistic world can't absolutely merge with Madison Avenue. Pop art is a move in that direction. Why can't we have advertisements with beautiful words and beautiful images? - William S. Burroughs, Writer

Visual art and writing don't exist on an aesthetic hierarchy that positions one above the other, because each is capable of things the other can't do at all. Sometimes one picture is equal to 30 pages of discourse, just as there are things images are completely incapable of communicating. - William S. Burroughs, Writer

I wasn't exposed to art as I was growing up, and can't recall the first time I saw a work of art. However, I remember very clearly a vision I had of a little green reindeer when I was a child, and visions emanate from the same mythical area where painting resides. Whatever the reason, I immediately felt comfortable working with visual materials. - William S. Burroughs, Writer

Time Quotes, Work Quotes, Pain Quotes, Material Quotes, Myth Quotes, Vision Quotes

Speaking for myself, art differs from writing in that I never know what I'm going to paint until I paint it, so it's almost like automatic writing. A writer, on the other hand, can't help but know what he's going to write, because the activity demands a degree of premeditation. - William S. Burroughs, Writer

Help Quotes, Pain Quotes, Meditation Quotes

6 Famous quotes about Art by W. H. Auden

All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him. - W. H. Auden, Poet

Work Quotes

What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish. - W. H. Auden, Poet

Food Quotes

A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become. - W. H. Auden, Poet

Music Quotes, Poetry Quotes

'Healing,' Papa would tell me, 'is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.' - W. H. Auden, Poet

Healing Quotes, Nature Quotes, Science Quotes

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it. - W. H. Auden, Poet

Money Quotes

It's a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it. - W. H. Auden, Poet

Money Quotes

4 Popular quotes about Art by Scott Adkins

When I was ten years old, my dad and brother did judo, so I went along because I felt like I was missing out. They eventually gave up, and I continued, then moved into Tae Kwon Do, kickboxing and various other martial arts. I did lots of different things, but mostly things like Wushu, Jeet Kune Do, Krav Maga and stuff like that. - Scott Adkins, Actor

Best fight ever in a movie: 'They Live.' I want to do a martial arts version of that, where you think it's ended, and it just keeps on going. I love that fight. It was funny as well. Unexpected. - Scott Adkins, Actor

Love Quotes

I did martial arts since I was 10 years old, and I've got as much love for the movies as I have for martial arts, so when I was 18 years old, I started studying performing arts with the eye of getting into the film industry and went to drama school after that. - Scott Adkins, Actor

Love Quotes, Studying Quotes

I turned to my mom and said, 'I'm going to be a martial arts movie star.' She didn't believe me, and neither did my dad. They both thought I would grow out of it. That it was a phase. I decided then I was going to do it or die trying. - Scott Adkins, Actor

Thought Quotes

4 Amazing quotes about Art by Samuel Butler

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. - Samuel Butler, Poet

Life Quotes

The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger, but we care less about it. - Samuel Butler, Poet

Knowledge Quotes, Evil Quotes

The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money. - Samuel Butler, Poet

Literature Quotes, Money Quotes, War Quotes

The history of art is the history of revivals. - Samuel Butler, Poet

History Quotes

4 Awesome quotes about Art by Salvador Dali

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

Beauty Quotes

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

Honesty Quotes

We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art. - Salvador Dali, Artist

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. - Salvador Dali, Artist

Work Quotes, Character Quotes

5 Best quotes about Art by Rudolf Arnheim

Variety is more than a means of avoiding boredom, since art is more than an entertainment of the senses. - Rudolf Arnheim , Artist

Boredom Quotes, Variety Quotes

Man's striving for order, of which art is but one manifestation, derives from a similar universal tendency throughout the organic world; it is also paralleled by, and perhaps derived from, the striving towards the state of simplest structure in physical systems. - Rudolf Arnheim , Artist

The arts, as a reflection of human existence at its highest, have always and spontaneously lived up to this demand of plenitude. No mature style of art in any culture has ever been simple. - Rudolf Arnheim , Artist

Reflection Quotes

Good art theory must smell of the studio, although its language should differ from the household talk of painters and sculptors. - Rudolf Arnheim , Artist

Pain Quotes, Language Quotes

The foreign accent was a promise, and indeed, all over the country, European imports added spice to the sciences, the arts, and other areas. What one had to give was not considered inferior to what one received. - Rudolf Arnheim , Artist

Science Quotes

32 Art Quotes about Life

Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together. - Alvar Aalto, Finnish Architect

Life Quotes, Harmony Quotes, Material Quotes, Thinking Quotes

Regarding race or gender or sexuality, one of the great things about art and music is that they can provide people with very little else in common with a similar entry point for discussion, but the discussions still need to happen for life to get more interesting. - Tunde Adebimpe, Musician

Life Quotes, Great Quotes, Music Quotes

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. - Stella Adler, Actress

Life Quotes, Mind Quotes

The arts are a major life nourishment. - Kiran Ahluwalia , Musician

Life Quotes

Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on. - Robert Frost, Poet

Life Quotes

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

Life Quotes, Purpose Quotes

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life. - Oscar Wilde

Life Quotes

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. - Aristotle, Greek Philosopher

Children Quotes, Life Quotes, Honor Quotes

I know that one of the great arts that the writer develops is the art of saying, 'No. No, I'm finished. Bye.' And leaving it alone. I will not write it into the ground. I will not write the life out of it. I won't do that. - Maya Angelou, Poet

Life Quotes, Great Quotes

Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television. - Woody Allen , Director

Life Quotes, Vision Quotes

My entire life, I've always known that I wanted to be a performer, but I didn't know exactly how, where or when. I never learned or studied the craft, formally. I grew up doing martial arts and playing piano. But, something inside of me always said that I was going to do this, as far back as I can remember. - Laz Alonso, Actor

Life Quotes

In another life, I would love to be the art guy - a production designer or a maybe even a composer. - Fede Alvarez, Director

Love Quotes, Life Quotes

Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority. - Henri Frederic Amiel, Philosopher

Life Quotes, Virtue Quotes, Authority Quotes

Every time you work, you have to do it all over again, to rid yourself of this dross. I suppose for a person who is not an artist or not attempting art, it is not dross, because it is the common exchange of everyday life. - Carl Andre, Artist

Life Quotes, Change Quotes, Time Quotes, Work Quotes

My art will reflect not necessarily conscious politics but the unanalysed politics of my life. - Carl Andre, Artist

Life Quotes, Politics Quotes

My mom is an art teacher and is very much into the performing arts. What can I say? She is the female in my life and has guided me on how to act and conduct myself. A lot of my strength comes from her. - Erin Andrews, Journalist

Life Quotes, Strength Quotes

Life is very nice, but it lacks form. It's the aim of art to give it some. - Jean Anouilh , Playwright

Life Quotes, Aim Quotes

Dance music is my love, is my passion, is my life. I live for my fans and take my art very seriously. - Steve Aoki , Musician

Love Quotes, Life Quotes, Passion Quotes, Music Quotes

Art is doing. Art deals directly with life. - Ruth Asawa , Sculptor

Life Quotes, Deals Quotes

I liked to explore different arts. But when I started acting, I knew this was the medium I want to be in for the rest of my life. Stories onscreen affect me the most. - Moran Atias, Actress

Life Quotes

Italy was a surprise in my life. I went there just to make money and then go back to Israel and study psychology. The arts wasn't something I grew up with or thought I could be part of. - Moran Atias, Actress

Life Quotes, Thought Quotes, Money Quotes

My work is not my life. I started writing quite late, I didn't have that 'writing is everything, my art is all.' You have to be able to recognise the difference between the two. - Kate Atkinson, Author

Life Quotes, Work Quotes

When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life. - Marcus Aurelius, Soldier

Life Quotes

It's weird, like, my life has always imitated art, and my art has always imitated life. - Sebastian Bach, Musician

Life Quotes

The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil. - Francis Bacon, Philosopher

Life Quotes, Winning Quotes, Evil Quotes

Anything that had to do with art I been doing all my life. It was a gift. It's nothing I work real hard at doing. - Erykah Badu, Musician

Life Quotes, Work Quotes

Evergreen had opened up a whole new world to me. There I met many internationally celebrated people: there I was surrounded by the best art and music, as well as conversation. I knew I could never return to the life I had led before. - Billy Baldwin, Designer

Life Quotes, Music Quotes

All along we find that social life - religion, politics, art - reflects the stages reached in the development of the knowledge of self; it shows the social uses made of this knowledge. - James Mark Baldwin, Philosopher

Life Quotes, Knowledge Quotes, Politics Quotes, Religion Quotes

I never had the idea of moving to Paris and becoming something. I liked the idea of living in Paris because it seemed to have so many parts of life I really enjoyed. The people there seemed to prize literature and art, food and drinking, a more hedonistic way of living. - Rosecrans Baldwin, Novelist

Life Quotes, Food Quotes, Literature Quotes

The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain. - Lord Byron, Poet

Life Quotes, Great Quotes, Pain Quotes

I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature. - Paulo Coelho, Novelist

Life Quotes, Control Quotes, Exercise Quotes, Patience Quotes, Respect Quotes, Nature Quotes

My life is a monument to procrastination, to the art of putting things off until later, or much later, or possibly never. - Craig Brown

Life Quotes, Procrastination Quotes

5 Art Quotes about Nature

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit. - Ansel Adams, American Photographer

Great Quotes, Experience Quotes, History Quotes, Nature Quotes, Science Quotes

Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild. - Dante Alighieri , Poet

Nature Quotes

Nature is the art of God. - Dante Alighieri , Poet

Nature Quotes

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. - Voltaire, Writer

Nature Quotes

At the end of the day, you want to be always the one that's one step ahead of everybody, and when it comes to hip-hop, culture and art, you want to be that signature guy. - Carmelo Anthony , Athlete

Nature Quotes