Quotes about art

A collection of quotes on the topic of dance, art, work, working.

Best quotes about art

Mark Twain photo

„The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Variant of this quote "The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up." is misattributed to Albert Einstein.
Source: According Quote Investigator Mark Twain did write a version of this saying in a personal notebook in 1896, and it was published by 1935 in “Mark Twain’s Notebook”. https://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/12/21/cheer-somebody/

Pablo Picasso photo

„Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

Kurt Cobain photo

„Thank you for the tragedy. I need it for my art.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

Emily Dickinson photo

„Nature is a haunted house--but Art--is a house that tries to be haunted.“

—  Emily Dickinson, book The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Variant: Art is a house that tries to be haunted.
Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

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„Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it.“

—  Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956

Mistakenly attributed to Vladimir Mayakovsky in The Political Psyche (1993) by Andrew Samuels, p. 9; mistakenly attributed to Brecht in Paulo Freire: A Critical Encounter (1993) by Peter McLaren and Peter Leonard, p. 80; variant translation: "Art is not a mirror held up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it."
First recorded in Leon Trotsky, Literature and Revolution (1924; edited by William Keach (2005), Ch. 4: Futurism, p. 120): "Art, it is said, is not a mirror, but a hammer: it does not reflect, it shapes."

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„To "catch" a husband is an art; to "hold" him is a job.“

—  Simone de Beauvoir, book The Second Sex

Bk. 2, part 5, Ch. 1: The Married Woman, p. 468
Source: The Second Sex (1949)

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„Art is what you can get away with.“

—  Andy Warhol American artist 1928 - 1987

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„The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.“

—  Emile Zola French writer (1840-1902) 1840 - 1902

As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul : Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing‎ (2006) by Larry Chang , p. 55.

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Citát „The noblest art is that of making others happy“
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„The noblest art is that of making others happy“

—  P.T. Barnum American showman and businessman 1810 - 1891

Andrzej Majewski photo

„Politics is a great art. It succeeds at convincing the people that they have to pay for what has been stolen from them.“

—  Andrzej Majewski Polish writer and photographer 1966

Aphorisms. Magnum in Parvo (2000)

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„Art is to console those who are broken by life.“

—  Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890

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Aleister Crowley photo

„Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.“

—  Aleister Crowley poet, mountaineer, occultist 1875 - 1947

Source: Magick Book IV : Liber ABA, Part III : Magick in Theory and Practice (1929)
Context: Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.
(Illustration: It is my Will to inform the World of certain facts within my knowledge. I therefore take "magical weapons", pen, ink, and paper; I write "incantations" — these sentences — in the "magical language" ie, that which is understood by the people I wish to instruct; I call forth "spirits", such as printers, publishers, booksellers and so forth and constrain them to convey my message to those people. The composition and distribution of this book is thus an act of Magick by which I cause Changes to take place in conformity with my Will.)
In one sense Magick may be defined as the name given to Science by the vulgar.

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„Art is a big question mark.“

—  Marilyn Manson American rock musician and actor 1969

„Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.“

—  Banksy pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, and painter

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„Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.“

—  Frédéric Chopin Polish composer 1810 - 1849

As quoted in If Not God, Then What?
Source: If Not God, Then What? (2007) by Joshua Fost, p. 93

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Marcel Duchamp photo

„I don't believe in art. I believe in artists.“

—  Marcel Duchamp French painter and sculptor 1887 - 1968

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Citát „Observation is a dying art.“
Stanley Kubrick photo

„Observation is a dying art.“

—  Stanley Kubrick American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and editor 1928 - 1999

Source: Stanley Kubrick: Interviews

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Morihei Ueshiba photo

„The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter — it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.“

—  Morihei Ueshiba founder of aikido 1883 - 1969

Speaking of a vision of the "Great Spirit of Peace" in 1942, during World War II, as quoted in Adjusting Though Reflex : Romancing Zen (2010) by Rodger Hyodo, p. 76
Context: The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter — it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.

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„The art of medicine has its roots in the heart. If your heart is false, then also the doctor in you is false. If it is fair, then also the doctor is fair.“

—  Paracelsus Swiss physician and alchemist 1493 - 1541

Paracelsus - Doctor of our Time (1992)

Alexander Herzen photo

„Photography is not only an art, it is an international language that everybody understands.“

—  NasserTone Nasser Ali Albahrani is a director, cinematographer, photographer, producer, & YouTuber, who was born on April 3, 1994,… 1994

Amasi Program, Sharjah TV Interview (March 1, 2016)

Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Helen Keller photo

„Normal people do not create art.“

—  Irving Stone, book Lust for Life

Source: Lust for Life

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn photo
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Carrie Fisher photo

„Take your broken heart, make it into art.“

—  Carrie Fisher American actress, screenwriter and novelist 1956 - 2016

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John W. Gardner photo

„Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.“

—  John W. Gardner American politician 1912 - 2002

Quoted in Matthew M. Radmanesh, Cracking the Code of Our Physical Universe, p. 269.

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„I think art is the only thing that's spiritual in the world. And I refuse to forced to believe in other people's interpretations of God. I don't think anybody should be. No one person can own the copyright to what God means.“

—  Marilyn Manson American rock musician and actor 1969

Variant: I think art is the only thing that's spirtual in the world. And I refuse to be forced to believe in other people's interpretations of God. I don't think anybody should be. No one person can own the copyright to what God means.

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William James photo

„The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910

Source: 1890s, The Principles of Psychology (1890), Ch. 22

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„The only way art lives is through the experience of the observer. The reality of art begins with the eyes of the beholder, through imagination, invention and confrontation.“

—  Keith Haring American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing… 1958 - 1990

Haring – Art in Transit http://www.haring.com/!/selected_writing/haring-art-in-transit#.V1cw0tIrKyw The Keith Haring Foundation

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Pauline Kael photo

„In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.“

—  Pauline Kael American film critic 1919 - 2001

Newsweek (1973-12-24).

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„Ah, music! What a beautiful art! But what a wretched profession!“

—  Georges Bizet French composer 1838 - 1875

Starement of 3 August 1867, as quoted in An Encyclopedia of Quotations about Music (1981) by Nat Shapiro, p. 115

Ludwig Van Beethoven photo
Erwin Rommel photo

„But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility.“

—  Erwin Rommel German field marshal of World War II 1891 - 1944

Ch XVI : The Great Retreat, p. 347.
The Rommel Papers (1953)

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Pablo Picasso photo

„Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

L'art n'est pas chaste [...], on devrait l’interdire aux ignorants innocents, ne jamais mettre en contact avec lui ceux qui y sont insuffisamment préparés. Oui, l'art est dangereux. Ou s'il est chaste, ce n'est pas de l'art.
Quote by Antonina Vallentin (1963 [1957]), Picasso, p. 168.

Groucho Marx photo

„Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.“

—  Groucho Marx American comedian 1890 - 1977

Apparently attributed to Marx in Bennett Cerf's Try and Stop Me, first published in 1944. A citation of this can been seen in the Kentucky New Era on November 9, 1964 http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=X-orAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZWcFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4581,3323702&dq=art-of-looking-for-trouble&hl=en. Also attributed to Marx by Rand Paul in "The Long Stand," ch. 1 of Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America (New York, N. Y.: Center Street, 26 May 2015), p. 5.
The original quotation belongs to Sir Ernest Benn (Henry Powell Spring, What is Truth?, Orange Press, 1944, p. 31 https://books.google.com/books?id=snxbAAAAMAAJ&q=Ernest+benn+%22Politics+is+the+art+of%22&dq=Ernest+benn+%22Politics+is+the+art+of%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAjgUahUKEwiK3Zm-qojIAhWGVZIKHdFYBqY); a first known citation reportedly appears in the Springfield (MA) Republican on July 27, 1930.
Variant: Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
Source: Gyles Brandreth, Word Play: A cornucopia of puns, anagrams and other contortions and curiosities of the English language, Coronet, 2015.

John Milton photo

„Wild above rule or art, enormous bliss.“

—  John Milton, book Paradise Lost

Source: Paradise Lost

Sylvia Plath photo

Is an art, like everything else.
I do it exceptionally well.

I do it so it feels like hell.
I do it so it feels real.
I guess you could say I've a call.“

—  Sylvia Plath, Ariel

"Lady Lazarus" http://www.angelfire.com/tn/plath/lady.html
Source: Ariel (1965)

Claude Debussy photo

„Works of art make rules but rules do not make works of art.“

—  Claude Debussy French composer 1862 - 1918

As quoted in Companion to Contemporary Musical Thought (1992) by John Paynter, p. 590
Unsourced variant: Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.

Pablo Picasso photo

„Art is not made to decorate rooms. It is an offensive weapon in the defense against the enemy.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

La peinture n'est pas faite pour décorer des appartements. C'est un instrument de guerre offensive et défensive contre l'ennemi.
La pintura no se ha inventado para adornar las habitaciones. La pintura es un arma ofensiva, en la defensa contra el enemigo.
Les lettres françaises (1943-03-24).
Quotes, 1940's

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Louisa May Alcott photo

„Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art.“

—  Louisa May Alcott, A Long Fatal Love Chase

Source: A Long Fatal Love Chase

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„I'm nothing,
I'll always be nothing.
I can't even wish to be something.
Aside from that, I've got all the world's dreams inside me.“

—  Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935

Não sou nada.
Nunca serei nada.
Não posso querer ser nada.
À parte isso, tenho em mim todos os sonhos do mundo.
Álvaro de Campos (heteronym), Tabacaria ["The Tobacconist's" or "The Tobacco Shop"] (15 January 1928)
Variant translations:
I am nothing.
Never shall be anything.
Cannot will to be anything.
This apart, I have in me all the dreams of the world.
trans. Jonathan Griffin, in Selected Poems (Penguin Books, 1974), p. 111
I am not nothing.
I will never be nothing.
I cannot ever want to be nothing.
Apart from that, I have in me all the dreams of the world.
In Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations (2005), p. 649
I am nothing.
I shall never be anything.
I cannot even wish to be anything.
Apart from this, I have within me all the dreams of the world.
Variant: I am nothing.
I will never be anything.
I cannot wish to be anything.
Bar that, I have in me all the dreams of the world.

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Elfriede Jelinek photo

„Sometimes, of course, art creates the suffering in the first place.“

—  Elfriede Jelinek, book The Piano Teacher

P 23
The Piano Teacher (1988)

Shahrukh Khan photo

„Films are an art form which are sold after packaging in this commercial world.“

—  Shahrukh Khan Indian actor, producer and television personality 1965

From interview with Komal Nahta

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Maynard James Keenan photo

„Tool is not Slayer. I went to art school. I spent three years in the military. There's more to me than throwing devil horns.“

—  Maynard James Keenan musician 1964

Aidin Vaziri (January 2, 2009) "Maynard James Keenan: Hard rocker, winemaker. 5 Questions.", San Francisco Chronicle, p. E3.

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„I have a high art: I hurt with cruelty those who wound me.“

—  Archilochus Ancient Greek lyric poet -680 - -645 BC

As quoted in Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Vol. 20 (2001), p. 184
As quoted in Quotations for Martial Artists : Hundreds of Inspirational Quotes to Motivate and Enlighten the Modern Warrior (2003) edited by John D. Moore
Variant: I have a high art; I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me.

Yi-Fu Tuan photo
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„The art system operates on its own terms, but an observer of art can choose many different distinctions to indicate what he observes.“

—  Niklas Luhmann German sociologist, administration expert, and social systems theorist 1927 - 1998

Source: Art As a Social System (2000), p. 102.

Giuseppe Verdi photo

„I wish that every young man when he begins to write music would not concern himself with being a melodist, a harmonist, a realist, an idealist or a futurist or any other such devilish pedantic things. Melody and harmony should be simply tools in the hands of the artist, with which he creates music; and if a day comes when people stop talking about the German school, the Italian school, the past, the future, etc., etc., then art will perhaps come into its own.“

—  Giuseppe Verdi Italian composer 1813 - 1901

Io…vorrei che il giovane quando si mette a scrivere, non pensasse mai ad essere né melodista, né realista, né idealista, né avvenirista, né tutti i diavoli che si portino queste pedanterie. La melodia e l’armonia non devono essere che mezzi nella mano dell'artista per fare della Musica, e se verrà un giorno in cui non si parlerà più né di melodia né di armonia né di scuole tedesche, italiane, né di passato né di avvenire ecc. ecc. ecc. allora forse comincierà il regno dell'arte.
Letter to Opprandino Arrivabene, July 14, 1875, cited from Julian Budden Le opere di Verdi (Torino: E.D.T., 1986) vol. 2, p. 60; translation from Josiah Fisk and Jeff Nichols (eds.) Composers on Music (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997) p. 126

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Charlie Parker photo

„Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.“

—  Charlie Parker American jazz saxophonist and composer 1920 - 1955

As quoted in Bird : The Legend Of Charlie Parker (1977) by Robert George Reisner, p. 27

„Then indeed, pierced by grief's bitterest pang, she clutched the hand of Jason and humbly besought him thus: "Remember me, I pray, for never, believe me, shall I be forgetful of thee. When thou art gone, tell me, I beg, on what quarter of the heaven must I gaze?"“
Tum vero extremo percussa dolore arripit Aesoniden dextra ac summissa profatur: 'sis memor, oro, mei, contra memor ipsa manebo, crede, tui. quantum hinc aberis, dic quaeso, profundi? quod caeli spectabo latus?

—  Gaius Valerius Flaccus, book Argonautica

Source: Argonautica, Book VII, Lines 475–479

Ronda Rousey photo

„When I was in school, martial arts made you a dork, and I became self-conscious that I was too masculine. I was a 16-year-old girl with ringworm and cauliflower ears. People made fun of my arms and called me "Miss Man." It wasn't until I got older that I realized: These people are idiots. I'm fabulous.“

—  Ronda Rousey American judoka, mixed martial artist, professional wrestler and actress 1987

"6 Feminist Quotes From Ronda Rousey That Prove She's More Than Just A Trash Talker", in Bustle.com (3 August 2015) http://www.bustle.com/articles/101566-6-feminist-quotes-from-ronda-rousey-that-prove-shes-more-than-just-a-trash-talker

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Giuseppe Verdi photo

„If we let fashion, love of innovation, and an alleged scientific spirit tempt us to surrender the native quality of our own art, the free natural certainty of our work and perception, our bright golden light, then we are simply being stupid and senseless.“

—  Giuseppe Verdi Italian composer 1813 - 1901

Si rinunci per moda, per smania di novità, per affettazione di scienza, si rinneghi l'arte nostra, il nostro istinto, quel nostro fare sicuro spontaneo naturale sensibile abbagliante di luce, è assurdo e stupido.
Letter to Clarina Maffei, April 20, 1878, cited from Franco Abbiati Giuseppe Verdi (Milano: Ricordi, 1959) vol. 4, p. 79; translation from Franz Werfel and Paul Stefan (eds.), Edward Downes (trans.) Verdi: The Man in His Letters (New York: L. B. Fischer, 1942) p. 345.

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„I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art - and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position.“

—  Marcel Duchamp French painter and sculptor 1887 - 1968

Quote from 'Time Magazine', 10 March 1952; as quoted on Wikipedia: Marcel Duchamp
1951 - 1968

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„Pornography is art, sometimes harmonious, sometimes dissonant. Its glut and glitter are a Babylonian excess.“

—  Camille Paglia American writer 1947

Source: Vamps and Tramps (1994), "No Law in the Arena: A Pagan Theory of Sexuality", p. 67
Context: Pornography is art, sometimes harmonious, sometimes dissonant. Its glut and glitter are a Babylonian excess. Modern middle-class women cannot bear the thought that their hard-won professional achievements can be outweighed in an instant by a young hussy flashing a little tits and ass. But the gods have given her power, and we must welcome it. Pornography forces a radical reassessment of sexual value, nature’s bequest of our tarnished treasure.

Carl von Clausewitz photo

„Kind-hearted people might of course think there was some ingenious way to disarm or defeat the enemy without too much bloodshed, and might imagine this is the true goal of the art of war.“

—  Carl von Clausewitz, book On War

Source: On War (1832), Book 1, Chapter 1, Section 3, Paragraph 1.
Context: Kind-hearted people might of course think there was some ingenious way to disarm or defeat the enemy without too much bloodshed, and might imagine this is the true goal of the art of war. Pleasant as it sounds, it is a fallacy that must be exposed: War is such a dangerous business that mistakes that come from kindness are the very worst.

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„We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon.“

—  Konrad Adenauer German statesman, Federal Chancellor of Germany, politician (CDU) 1876 - 1967

Reader's Digest 1972, p. 194 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=ctsnAQAAIAAJ&q=adenauer

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„Art is a substitute for violence.“

—  Rollo May US psychiatrist 1909 - 1994

Source: Power and Innocence (1972), Ch. 11 : The Humanity of the Rebel
Context: Art is a substitute for violence. The same impulses that drive persons to violence — the hunger for meaning, the need for ecstasy, the impulse to risk all — drive the artist to create. He is by nature our archrebel. … the essence of the rebellion is in the new way of seeing nature and life.

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Steve Jobs photo

„Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?“

—  Steve Jobs American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple Inc. 1955 - 2011

A comment he made in persuading John Sculley to become Apple's CEO, as quoted in Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple: A Journey of Adventure, Ideas, and the Future (1987) by John Sculley and John A. Byrne

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„I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality you and I may share, my Lolita.“

—  Vladimir Nabokov, book Lolita

Source: I'm thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art, And this is the only immortality that you and I may share, my Lolita.