— Charles de Lint author 1951
“The Pochade Box”, p. 318
The Ivory and the Horn (1996)
„How certain human beings are able to create works of art is a mystery, and why they should wish to do so, at a great cost to themselves usually, is another mystery. Works are not created by one's life; every life is rich in material.“
— Elizabeth Hardwick Novelist, short story writer, literary critic 1916 - 2007
"Katherine Anne Porter" (p. 300)
American Fictions (1999)
„Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
Life has given nothing to mortals without great labor.“
Satires (c. 35 BC and 30 BC)
Original: (la) Nil sine magno
vita labore dedit mortalibus.
Book I, satire ix, line 59
— 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.
— Ben Kowalewicz musician 1975
From "The Diary of Billy Talent":
— Larry Bird basketball player and coach 1956
Sam Smith (December 25, 1991) "Bird Still Celtics' Main Man - At Age 35, He's Enjoying Basketball More Than Ever", Chicago Tribune, p. 1.
Source: The Beautiful and Damned
— Eckhart Tolle German writer 1948
Variant: Life isn't as serious as the mind makes it out to be.
Source: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
„Every great work of art … is a celebration, an act of insubordination against the betrayals, horrors and infidelities of life.“
Reading Lolita in Tehran (2003)
Context: Every great work of art... is a celebration, an act of insubordination against the betrayals, horrors and infidelities of life.
— Karen Armstrong author and comparative religion scholar from Great Britain 1944
Ode interview (2009)
Context: It's not easy to talk about transcendence, just as it's not easy to play or listen to a late Beethoven quartet … You have to practice quite hard, like you do with any art form. Religion is hard work.
— Andy Warhol American artist 1928 - 1987
Source: 1975, p. 92
Context: Business art is the step that comes after Art. I started as a commercial artist, and I want to finish as a business artist. After I did the thing called 'art' or whatever it's called, I went into business art. I wanted to be an Art Businessman or a Business Artist. Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. During the hippies era people put down the idea of business – they'd say 'Money is bad', and 'Working is bad', but making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
„The idea of taking up art as a calling, a profession, is a mirage. Art enriches life. It makes life worth living. But to make a living at it—that idea is incompatible with making art.“
— John Sloan American painter 1871 - 1951
Ibid., p. 26.
The Gist of Art (1939)
— Sylvia Day American writer 1973
Source: Reflected in You
„Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal.“
— Françoise Sagan French writer 1935 - 2004
Paris Review interview (1956)
„After all, it is hard to master both life and work equally well. So if you are bound to fake one of them, it had better be life.“
— Joseph Brodsky Russian and American poet and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate 1940 - 1996
— Witold Gombrowicz Polish writer 1904 - 1969