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To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.
Art is the path of the creator to his work.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, art sayings
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
~Emile Zola, Artist sayings
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
~Michelangelo Buonarroti, famous artists quotes
Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
~Iris Murdoch, quotes about art
Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
~Plato, quotes about poetry
Poets are prophets whose prophesying never comes true.
~Ed Howe, poet quotes
Painting does not come from intelligence so much, as from sight and feeling and invention.
~Hamerton, painting quotes
Instead of just recording reality, photographs have become the norm for the way things appear to us, thereby changing the very idea of reality and of realism.
~Susan Sontag, photography quotes
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
~Benjamin Franklin, quotes about writing
There are two kinds of writers: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.
~ Brian Aldiss, writers quotes
Without music, life would be a mistake.
~Friedrich Nietzsche, music quotes
The function of pop music is to be consumed.
~Pierre Boulez, hip hop music quotes
Jazz will endure just as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.
~John Philip Sousa, jazz music quotes
When you buy a used car, punch the buttons on the radio. If all the stations are rock and roll, there’s a good chance the transmissions shot.
~Larry Lujack, rock and roll quotes
If you talk bad about country music, it’s like saying bad things about my momma. Them’s fightin’ words.
~Dolly Parton, country music quotes
You’re The Only Thing Rising In The Sourdough Of Life.
~Maxine Edwards, funny song titles
Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
~Havelock Ellis, dance sayings
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
~Henry David Thoreau
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.
~Hendrik Willem Van Loon
We need people who think with the creative side of their brains—people who have played in a band, who have painted…it enhances symbiotic thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning how to kick-start a new idea, or how to get a job done better, less expensively.
Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future.
As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes.
A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate.
Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy, from which new arts flow.
I must study politics and war, that my sons may study mathematics and philosophy…in order to give their children the right to study painting, poetry, music and architecture.
~John Q. Adams
Note too that a faithful study of the liberal arts humanizes character and permits it not to be cruel.
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