The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
- Abraham Lincoln
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
- Pablo Picasso
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
- Aristotle
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
- Oscar Wilde
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
- Oscar Wilde
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
- Oscar Wilde
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
- Winston Churchill
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
- Oscar Wilde
Every artist was first an amateur.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
- Thomas Merton
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
- Khalil Gibran
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
- Albert Camus
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
- Henry David Thoreau
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
- Scott Adams
We have art in order not to die of the truth.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Pictures must not be too picturesque.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Art is the proper task of life.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
A picture is worth a thousand words.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
- James Whistler
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
- George Bernard Shaw
Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali
Art is not a thing; it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard
Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
- Albert Camus
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
- Jonathan Swift
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
- Henry Ward Beecher
The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of elimination.
- Elbert Hubbard
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
- Plato
A picture is a poem without words.
- Horace
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
- Anatole France
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
- Pablo Picasso
A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
- Hedy Lamarr
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
- Michelangelo
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
- Dale Carnegie
The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
- Andre Gide
In art the best is good enough.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
- Pablo Picasso
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
- Charles Horton Cooley
Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz
Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce
Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
- Fran Lebowitz
Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
- Salvador Dali
All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
- Marshall McLuhan
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
- Michelangelo
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
- Walt Whitman
Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
- Honore de Balzac
Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
- John Ruskin
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
- Ansel Adams
An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.
- Paul Valery
Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
- John Ruskin
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