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Get inspired by and instructed from other artists past & present from our quotation listing. Contributed by our Painter's Exchange Café Members:

Art Quotes

Contributed by Michelle Flynn

Art is the giving by each man of his evidence to the world. Those who wish to give, love to give, discover the pleasure of giving. Those who give are tremendously strong.
~ Robert Henri

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.
~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.
~ Albert Camus

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
~ Anonymous

All artists dream of a silence which they must enter, as some creatures return to the sea to spawn.
~ Iris Murdoch (1919 - 1999) Irish author "The Black Prince."

An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.
~ Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967) US poet, writer, editor
"The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain," The Nation, 1926.

A child's attitude toward everything is an artist's attitude.
~ Willa Cather (1876 - 1947) US novelist, short-story writer
"The Song of the Lark," 1915.

We artists are mythmakers, and we participate with everybody else in the social construction of reality.
~ Helen Mayer Harrison

Art is man's distinctly human way of fighting death.
~ Leonard Baskin

Every man wants to connect his life with something he thinks eternal.
~ Andrew Mellon

I was so upset yesterday that I made the blunder of throwing myself in the water. Fortunately, there were no bad results.
~ Claude Monet

We have art in order not to die of life.
~ Albert Camus

Whatever may happen the sun will rise tomorrow as it rose to-day, beneficent and serene.
~ Paul Gauguin jb

I have come to an unalterable decision -- to go and live forever in Polynesia. Then I can end my days in peace and freedom, without thoughts of tomorrow and this eternal struggle against idiots.
~ Paul Gauguin

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow.
~ Charles Brower

Of all ebriosity, who does not prefer to be intoxicated by the air he breathes?
~ Henry David Thoreau

The artist should be intoxicated with the idea of the thing he wants to express.
~ Robert Henri

Lets go and get drunk on light againit has the power to console.
~ George Seurat

Flowers grow out of dark moments.
~ Corita Kent

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

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
~ John Ruskin

Take your work seriously, but never yourself.
~ Dame Margot Fonteyn

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
~ Vincent Van Gogh

"Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing."
~ Oscar Wilde

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
~ Pablo Picasso

A painting in a museum probably hears more foolish remarks than anything else in the world.
~ Edmond and Jules De Goncourt

The price we pay when pursuing any art or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
~ James Arthur Baldwin (1924-87) American writer, critic

"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."
~ Albert Einstein (1875-1955)
German-born American theoretical physicist, theories of relativity, philosopher

The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subltity and feel nobly.
~ Aldous Leonard Huxley (1894-1963)
British writer, "Brave New World"

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
~ Francis Bacon

When you show it to someone, if they like it, you're stopped, and if they dislike it you're stopped either way.
~ Andrew Wyeth US watercolorist, painter
On why he hid a series of paintings of his model Helga Testorf for 15 years; in NY "Times," 6 Aug 1986

Paintings must be understood through the eyes, and thats not the word either. No writing, no talking, no singing, no dancing will explain them. They are the final, the nth whoopee of sight.
~ Charles Demuth

The wise artist makes peace with the fact that he will understand less than he had anticipated.
~ Eric Maisel

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

An artist must be educated to the ways of this world - and to ways not of this world - and learn to hear with his eyes and see with his ears, and above all, remember to feel with his heart. WHAT is painted will then be merely an extension of that process.
~ Michelle Flynn

Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.
~ Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
~ Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
~ Stella Adler

Creative people: 1, have their energy field accessible; 2, have the ability to tap and release unconscious and preconscious thought; 3, are able to withstand being thought of as abnormal or eccentric; 4, are more sensitive; 5, have a richer fantasy life and greater involvement in daydreaming; 6, are enthusiastic and impulsive; 7, show signs of synaesthesia (e.g., tasting color, seeing sound, hearing smells, etc.); 8, show different brain wave patterns than the less creative, especially during creative activity; 9, when confronted with novelty of design, music, or ideas, they get excited and involved (less creative people get suspicious and hostile); 10, when given a new solution to a problem, they get enthused, suggest other ideas, overlook details and problems (less creative students analyze the defects rather than explore potentials.
~ E. Paul Torrence and Laura K. Hall, Journal of Creative Behavior, 1980.
Contributed by Mycal
I thank Thee for thy gifts, and curse Thee for the madness they bring.
~ akaMycal

Contributed by Rich
To transmit the spirit, there must be form. When the form, the mind and the hand are in total accord, each forgetting the other's separate existence, then the spirit will reside in your
work.
~ Tung Ch'i-Ch'ang

I hope that you are never satisfied, because that way you'll always strive to do better. Satisfaction breeds complacency, and complacent people make very bad artists.
~ Got this one from another board attributed to an unknown old lady.

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
~ F Scott Fitzgerald

For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art, with all that has wounded or defeated us in daily life--not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential--the imagination.
~ Lawrence Durrell

You have to get yourself out there in any way you can think of and the harder you work at it the more you will receive.
~ Rich Williams

Contributed by ingepat
Beauty is - this is another no-no. For a long time now we've been told that if it's beautiful, it must be bad. It must be corny, it must be no good. I think that's a fashion issue. And as far as I'm concerned, I don't care about it. You know, beauty happens sometimes, and if so, I'm going to go with it.
......I'm not going to paint an ugly painting to get applause.
~ Janet Fish, 1999

Contributed by Bruce
All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their own peril.
~ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Paint what you see, not what you know.
~ Charles Hawthorne

I will astonish Paris with an apple.
~ Paul Cezanne

Contributed by Diane Johnson
The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself and carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion. It is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion.
~ Auguste Renoir

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
~ Tom Stoppard

Originality: Don't worry about your originality. You could not get rid of it even if you wanted to. It will stick to you and show you up for better or worse in spite of all you or anyone else can do.
~ Robert Henri

Contributed by AshleyShea
A work of art is one through which the consciousness of the artist is able to give its emotions to anyone who is prepared to receive them. There is no such thing as bad art.
~ Muriel Rukeyser (19131980)