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Art Quotes

Art is humble. It promotes creativity, keeps us busy and is a sight for those sore and tired eyes. It can be anything ranging from pottery to stitching, different types of painting to embroidery - but whatever it might be, the general idea is the same - creation, rather creating something beautiful. You need not be supremely gifted to do something artistic; all you need is the will and passion and an eye for beauty. If you think you can't paint, try embroidery; if you can't embroider, weave your way through the crochet needle and if nothing works, you can always write for writing is the supreme art. Interested but looking for motivation? Read on for famous art quotes!

Andy Warhol

I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.

Salvador Dali

It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Charles Baudelaire

Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.

John Ruskin

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.

Rita Mae Brown

Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.

Joe Rogan

Comedy is really not like any other art form in that it's very specialized and varied in it's content, but generic in it's title.

Karl Marx

Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.

Andy Warhol

I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, 'Well, what do you love most?' That's how I started painting money.

Walt Whitman

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.

T. S. Eliot

Art never improves, but... the material of art is never quite the same.

Joseph Conrad

An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.

Vladimir Nabokov

A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.

Blaise Pascal

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.

Jorge Luis Borges

Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.

Paul Klee

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.

Sir Thomas Browne

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.

Charlie Chaplin

Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.

Steve Martin

I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot.

Henry James

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.

Malcolm De Chazal

Art is nature speeded up and God slowed down.

Walt Disney

Disneyland is a show.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.

Golda Meir

Glorious bouquets and storms of applause are the trimmings which every artist naturally enjoys.

Paul Klee

The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.

Don DeLillo

I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism.

Elbert Hubbard

Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.

Leonardo da Vinci

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

Andy Warhol

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

Garrison Keillor

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny.

Paul Klee

When looking at any significant work of art, remember that a more significant one probably has had to be sacrificed.

Walt Disney

I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.

William Morris

If you cannot learn to love real art at least learn to hate sham art.

John Ruskin

All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.

Wilson Mizner

Art is science made clear.

Salvador Dali

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


Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.

Thomas Merton

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

Paul Klee

The worst state of affairs is when science begins to concern itself with art.

Don DeLillo

I slept for four years. I didn't study much of anything. I majored in something called communication arts.

Helen Rowland

A Bachelor of Arts is one who makes love to a lot of women, and yet has the art to remain a bachelor.

Pablo Picasso

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Walt Whitman

And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

William Morris

History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created.

John Ruskin

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

Paul Klee

The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions.

Nora Roberts

Action, reaction, motivation, emotion, all have to come from the characters. Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other.

Nikki Giovanni

Art is not for the cultivated taste. It is to cultivate taste.

Andre Gide

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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.

Charlie Chaplin

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.

Billy Joel

I am no longer afraid of becoming lost, because the journey back always reveals something new, and that is ultimately good for the artist.

Martin Luther

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.

Lord Byron

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.


The art is long, life is short.

William Morris

I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.

Will Rogers

Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don't have for something they don't need.

Paul Klee

Color possesses me. I don't have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter.

Charles Kingsley

A man may learn from his Bible to be a more thorough gentleman than if he had been brought up in all the drawing-rooms in London.

Elton John

I've only been interested in the artistic side of life.

Pablo Picasso

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.

Billy Joel

We are living in a time when American popular music is finally being recognized as one of our most successful exports. The demand is huge.

Andy Warhol

If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There's nothing behind it.

Dr. Seuss

I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.

Mae West

Love isn't an emotion or an instinct - it's an art.

Simone Weil

Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.

Ernest Hemingway

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.

Jim Morrison

I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences.

Martin Luther

Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.

Victor Hugo

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.

Hermann Hesse

Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life.

Annie Leibovitz

In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view. The image may not be literally what's going on, but it's representative.

George Santayana

The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.

Erich Fromm

The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Jim Morrison

Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.

Joseph Conrad

History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird.

Honoré de Balzac

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.

Terri Guillemets

Art is the struggle to understand.

Lenny Kravitz

I'm more hungry now than I was 11 years ago. Which is great because I see a lot of artists that have been out for a long period of time. They get kind of fat.


Life must be lived as play.

Tony Blair

The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes

Paul Klee

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

Simone Weil

More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.

George Santayana

Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.

Terri Guillemets

If one looks closely enough, one can see angels in every piece of art.

Billy Joel

When I look at great works of art or listen to inspired music, I sense intimate portraits of the specific times in which they were created.

James Madison

America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.

Leon Trotsky

Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws.

Anton Chekhov

The wealthy are always surrounded by hangers-on; science and art are as well.

Annie Leibovitz

At my Rolling Stones' tour, the camera was a protection. I used it in a Zen way.

Camille Paglia

Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.

Paul Klee

I still come closest to success with drawing. When I use color the results are dubious, for these painfully gained experiences bear less fruit.

Dave Barry

Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.

Baltasar Gracian

Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.

Tom Stoppard

It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture.

Walt Disney

I never called my work an 'art' It's part of show business, the business of building entertainment.

Billy Joel

Why do musicians give so much time to charitable causes? The most humanitarian cause that we can give our time to is the creation and performance of music itself.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Art is the proper task of life.