Art quotes page 2
Paradoxically though it may seem, it is nonetheless true that life imitates art far more
than art imitates life.
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture,
and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Life is brief, art is long.
Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.
If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to
some music at least once a week.
Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
True artists are prophets. I don't want to be that prophetic in that sense because it's so
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove
all traces of reality.
Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
Edgar Allan Poe
Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society,
disregarding race or religion or wealth or color.
John F. Kennedy
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
An artist who theorizes about his work is no longer artist but critic.
H. G. Wells
I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A
stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has
something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.
An artist reveals his naked soul in his work.
I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive
at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, "The
I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step
with his time.
Art is the supreme task and the truly metaphysical activity in this life.
The poet is one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive.
Music has given me peace. I can remember occasions when music instantly tranquillized my
mind, when I was greatly agitated over something. Music has helped me to overcome anger.
The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself.
Poetry begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other
arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.
Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.
It is not in life, but in art that self-fulfillment is to be found.
An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says
a difficult thing in a simple way.
Style is the image of character.
There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books.
I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his
Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who
implement change after the fact.
William S. Burroughs
It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power
narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of
existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
John F. Kennedy, Amherst College, 1963
Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.