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Art Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Art

Please enjoy these Art Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Be slow to fall into friendship;
but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
- Socrates

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux

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

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
- Theodor Adorno

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

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

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Wherever art appears, life disappears.
- Robert Motherwell

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

Great art picks up where nature ends.
- Marc Chagall

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

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

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
- Oscar Wilde

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

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.
- Max Eastman

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Agnes Martin

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
- Jonathan Swift

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

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
- Harry S. Truman

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

The perfection of art is to conceal art.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

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

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.
- Laurie Anderson

The more horrifying this world becomes,
the more art becomes abstract.
- Ellen Key

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.
- Paul Cezanne

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.
- Alfred de Vigny

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

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

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

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
- Marshall McLuhan

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.
- Jean Cocteau

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

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

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

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

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.
- Paul Gauguin

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.
- Leo Tolstoy

The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
- Jean Rostand

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
- Alexander Pope

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
- Anatole France

Art is not a thing; it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard

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

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

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

Art is science made clear.
- Wilson Mizner

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
- Gustave Flaubert

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.
- E. M. Forster

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

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

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

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

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.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
- Carroll O'Connor

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
- Arne Jacobsen


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