A medley of arts quotes

Art is spirituality in drag (Jennifer Yane)

An artist is somebody who produces things that other people don’t need to have (Andy Warhol) ~ Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves (Thomas Merton)

Art, itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos (Stephen Sondheim) ~ Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist (Franz Liszt) ~ Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do (Edgar Degas)

All art requires courage (Anne Tucker)

You don’t take a photograph, you make it (Ansel Adams) ~ Remember you are just an extra in everyone else’s play (Franklin D. Roosevelt) ~ Art is the proper task of life (Friedrich Nietzsche) ~ I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things (Henri Matisse)

The world is but a canvas to our imagination (Henry David Thoreau)

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands (Michelangelo) ~ So vast is art, so narrow human wit (Alexander Pope) ~ Art is making something out of nothing and selling it (Frank Zappa)

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong (Joseph Chilton Pearce) ~ What we play is life (Louis Armstrong) ~ Painting is just another way of keeping a diary (Pablo Picasso) ~ A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament (Oscar Wilde)

All great art comes from a sense of outrage (Glenn Close)

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance (Aristotle) ~ Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century (Marshall McLuhan) ~ Art is the great democrat, calling forth the creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color (John F. Kennedy)

Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature (Cicero)

All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life (M.C. Richards) ~ The artist does not see things as they are but as he is (Alfred Tonnelle) ~ Art hath an enemy called ignorance (Ben Johnson) ~ Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen (Leonardo da Vinci)

I think an artist’s responsibility is more complex than people realize (Jodie Foster)

The object of art is to give life a shape (William Shakespeare) ~ We have art in order not to die of the truth (Friedrich Nietzsche) ~ In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine (Ralph Waldo Emerson) ~ Great art picks up where nature left off (Marc Chagall)

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home (Twyla Tharp)

Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money (Ernest Levy) ~ Art is the struggle to understand (Audrey Foris) ~ Artists don’t make objects. Artists make mythologies (Anish Kapoor) ~ A picture is a poem without words (Horace)

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up (Pablo Picasso) ~ A painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through (Jackson Pollock) ~ Art is either plagiarism or revolution (Paul Gaugin) ~ We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth (John F. Kennedy)

The essence of all beautiful art, of all great art, is gratitude (Friedrich Nietzsche)


Coming soon: Is “Glee” a good thing?. Obscure but intriguing musicals, Children’s art ala computers, Before there was “American Idol” there was…


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