Quotes About Art

66 best quotes about art ever:

Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem.
~Lindsay Anderson

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
~Frank Zappa

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.
~Iris Murdoch

A work is perfectly finished only when nothing can be added to it and nothing taken away.
~Joseph Joubert

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.
~Henry Miller

Art is a mans expression of his joy in labor.
~William Morris

Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
~Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno

Art is the sex of imagination
~George Jean Nathan

Art raises it’s head where creeds relax.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem.
~Lindsay Anderson

Art is an effort to create, besides the real world, a more human world.
~Andre Maurois

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known
~Oscar Wilde

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.

~Maxwell Anderson

Art will make nature richer.
~Unknown Author

The art of a people is a true mirror of their minds.
~Jawaharlal Nehru

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.
~Henry Miller

Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.
~William Blake

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.
~John Erskine

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.
~Theodore Dreiser

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.
~Bess Truman

Any work that spires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.
~Joseph Conrad

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.
~Marc Chagall

Art is anything you can get away with.
~Marshall McLuhan

Art is not a study of positive reality; it is the seeking for the ideal truth.
~George Sand

A true artist is never poor: his soul makes him rich.
~Unknown Author

Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in it’s mother’s womb.
~Jean Arp

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.
~James Baldwin

The first mistake of art is to assume that it’s serious.
~Lester Bangs

Every great work of art has two faces, one towards it’s own time and one toward the future; toward eternity.
~Daniel Barenboim

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
~Mikhail Baryshnikov

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.
~Marcel Proust

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

Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.
~Jacques Barzun

A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.
~Charles Baudelaire

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.
~John Berger

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.
~Somerset Maugham

There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.
~George Braque

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.
~Andre Malraux

Nothing is so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in it’s subject.
~George Santayana

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.
~Jacques Reverdy

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…
~John Berger

What is art, but a way of seeing?
~Thomas Berger

Art is the only thing that can go on mattering, once it has stopped hurting.
~Elizabeth Bowen

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.
~Constantin Brancusi

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.
~Anthony Burgess

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

Art is good when it springs from necessity. This kind of origin is the guarantee of it’s value; there is no other.
~Neal Cassady

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

There is something ghostly in all great art.
~Lafcadio Hearn

Art is the cure for many a disease which has not yet been discovered.
~Unknown Author

Art is a paradox: If you want to master it you must become its slave.
~Unknown Author

Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness. The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.

~Willa Cather

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