66 best quotes about art ever:
Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem.
Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
Art is long and the talk about it is even longer.
~William J Locke
Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
A work is perfectly finished only when nothing can be added to it and nothing taken away.
Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
It is art itself which should teach us to free ourselves from the rules of art.
If you practice an art, be proud of it and make it proud of you... It may break your heart, but it will fill your heart before it breaks it; it will make you a person in your own right.
Art will make nature richer.
The art of a people is a true mirror of their minds.
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
~Ludwig van Beethoven
Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself.
Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.
Art imitates nature as well as it can, as a pupil follows his master; thus it is sort of a grandchild of God.
Nature is everything a man is born to, and art is the difference he makes in it.
Having once found the intensity of art, nothing else that can happen in life can ever again seem as important as the creative process.
~F. Scott Fitzgerald
Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.
In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I deplore any action which denies artistic talent an opportunity to express itself because of prejudice against race origins.
Any work that spires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.
Art is an absolute mistress, she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs.
~Charlotte Saunders Cushman
Art is nature speeded up and God slowed down.
~Malcolm De Chazal
Great art picks up where nature ends.
Art is anything you can get away with.
Art is not a study of positive reality; it is the seeking for the ideal truth.
A true artist is never poor: his soul makes him rich.
Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in it’s mother's womb.
All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.
The first mistake of art is to assume that it’s serious.
Every great work of art has two faces, one towards it’s own time and one toward the future; toward eternity.
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
Thanks to art, instead of seeing a single world, our own, we see it multiply until we have before us as many worlds as there are original artists.
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.
A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.
The strange power of art is sometimes it can show that what people have in common is more urgent than what differentiates them. It seems to me it’s something that theater can do, but it’s rare, it’s very rare.
All works of art should begin at the end.
~Edgar Allen Poe
Art for art’s sake means no more than gin for gin’s sake.
There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.
Drawing is not what you see but, what you must make others see.
All art is a kind of subconscious madness expressed in terms of sanity.
~George Jean Nathan
Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned.
~William Butler Yeats
All art is a revolt against man’s fate.
Nothing is so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in it’s subject.
Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with it’s own loveliness.
~George Jean Nathan
A work of art cannot be satisfied with being a representation; it should be a presentation.
I can’t tell you what art does and how it does it, but I know that often art has judged the judges, pleaded revenge to the innocent and shown to the future what the past suffered, so that it has never been forgotten...
What is art, but a way of seeing?
Art is the only thing that can go on mattering, once it has stopped hurting.
By art he gladly found what he did seek.
~Anne Dudley Bradstreet
The function of art is to make that understood which in the form of argument would be incomprehensible.
Now nature is not at variance with art, nor art with nature; they being both the servants of his providence. Art is the perfection of nature. Were the world now as it was the sixth day, there were yet chaos. Nature hath made one world, and art another. In brief, all things are artificial; for nature is the art of God.
~Sir Thomas Browne
What is art but life upon the larger scale, the higher. When, graduating up in a spiral line of still expanding and ascending gyres, it pushes toward the intense significance of all things, for hungry for the infinite?
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it.
Without freedom, no art, art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
Art is good when it springs from necessity. This kind of origin is the guarantee of it’s value; there is no other.
Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.
There is something ghostly in all great art.
Art is the cure for many a disease which has not yet been discovered.
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