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Quote Left An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose. Quote Right
Quote Left Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul. The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of Artist. Quote Right
Quote Left Out of the closets and into the museums, libraries, architectural monuments, concert halls, bookstores, recording studios and film studios of the world. Everything belongs to the inspired and dedicated thief... Words, colors, light, sounds, stone, wood, bronze belong to the living artist. They belong to anyone who can use them. Loot the Louver! A bas l Originality, the sterile and assertive ego that imprisons us as it creates. Vive le sol -- pure, shameless, total. We are not responsible. Steal anything in sight. Quote Right
Quote Left An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. Quote Right
Quote Left There is here no measuring with time, no year matters, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force it's sap and stands confident in the storms of Spring without the fear that after them may come no Summer. It does come. I learn it daily, learn it with pain to which I am grateful Quote Right
Quote Left An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that heù for some reasonù thinks it would be a good idea to give them Quote Right
Quote Left An artist cannot do anything slovenly. Quote Right
Quote Left An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have. Quote Right
Quote Left I'd never met a woman I considered as intelligent as me. That sounds bigheaded, but every woman I met was either a dolly-chick, or a sort of screwed-up intellectual chick. And of course, in the field I was in, I didn't meet many intellectual people anyway. I always had this dream of meeting an artist, an artist girl who would be like me. And I thought it was a myth, but then I met Yoko and that was it. Quote Right
Quote Left The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep. Quote Right
Quote Left A great artist is a great man in a great child. Quote Right
Quote Left Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. Art Quote Right
Quote Left If a patron buys from an artist who needs money (needs money to buy tools, time, food), the patron then makes himself equal to the artist; he is building art into the world; he creates. Quote Right
Quote Left Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it creative observation. Creative viewing. Quote Right
Quote Left The feat of superbly imitating a muscle, as Michelangelo did, or a face, as Raphael did, created neither progress nor a hierarchy in art. Because these artists of the sixteenth century imitated human forms, they were not superior to the artists of the high periods of Egyptian, Chaldean, Indochinese, Roman, and Gothic art who interpreted and stylized form but did not imitate it. Quote Right
Quote Left My role in society, or any artist or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all. Quote Right
Quote Left The man who can but sketch his purpose beforehand in words is regarded as a wonder, and every artist and writer possesses that faculty. But gestation, fruition, the laborious rearing of the offspring, putting it to bed every night full fed with milk, embracing it anew every morning with the inexhaustible affection of a mother's heart, licking it clean, dressing it a hundred times in the richest garb only to be instantly destroyed; then never to be cast down at the convulsions of this headlong life till the living masterpiece is perfected which in sculpture speaks to every eye, in literature to every intellect, in painting to every memory, in music to every heart! --this is the task of execution. The hand must be ready at every moment to work in obedience to the mind. Quote Right
Quote Left The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he's in business. Quote Right
Quote Left If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle. Quote Right
Quote Left Museums and art stores are also sources of pleasure and inspiration. Doubtless it will seem strange to many that the hand unaided by sight can feel action, sentiment, beauty in the cold marble; and yet it is true that I derive genuine pleasure from touching great works of art. As my finger tips trace line and curve, they discover the thought and emotion which the artist has portrayed. Quote Right
Quote Left There was an artist silly for his face, For it was younger than his youth, last year. Quote Right
Quote Left He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas. Quote Right
Quote Left The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation. Quote Right
Quote Left The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another... and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world. Quote Right
Quote Left At that instant he saw, in one blaze of light, an image of unutterable conviction, the reason why the artist works and lives and has his being--the reward he seeks--the only reward he really cares about, without which there is nothing. It is to snare the spirits of mankind in nets of magic, to make his life prevail through his creation, to wreak the vision of his life, the rude and painful substance of his own experience, into the congruence of blazing and enchanted images that are themselves the core of life, the essential pattern whence all other things proceed, the kernel of eternity. Quote Right
Quote Left Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist. We need works that are strong, straight, precise, and forever beyond understanding. Quote Right
Quote Left The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone. Quote Right
Quote Left For us Africans, literature must serve a purpose: to expose, embarrass, and fight corruption and authoritarianism. It is understandable why the African artist is utilitarian. Quote Right
Quote Left The personality of the artist, at first a cry or a cadence or a mood and then a fluid, and lambent narrative, finally refines itself out of ex... Quote Right
Quote Left Any man who does not have his inner world to translate is not an artist. Quote Right

Member Quotes About Artist

Quote Left An artists paints life through their art within one’s eyes in their own imperfections and other life’s stories. Quote Right
Quote Left Creation is sparked by an idea . . . then placed in a mold of experience, soon to be shaped and formed by an artistic hand, to fill-in a void. Quote Right
Quote Left I am an artist of language, painting pictures with my words and encapsulating the emotions of our time. Quote Right
Quote Left If love is art, a single great artist can never create it alone Quote Right
Quote Left Para viver a vida e viver com negócios, existem dois modos de vivê-los. Um dos modos de viver a vida e os negócios é como pessoa prática que só enxerga um pássaro se o tiver numa gaiola ou a comê-lo frito. Ah, existe outra maneira. É como se fosse uma pessoa artista sensível, cujas tintas dizem ao pintor que tal vermelho ou rosa estão certos na composição de um quadro. Você sempre pode escolher! Quote Right
Quote Left The life of an artist is just a long beautiful suicide, a life that none will understand until the artist is dead. Quote Right
Quote Left Someone said my poem was “a moving piece”. They gave me the gift of epiphany. The implication being that everything from each of us is part of a whole. Each experience, thought, intent, action or utterance, is a “piece”. This is why art is a portal of sorts, a gateway or a bridge. It links us one to all. Each artist, an engineer who builds a “piece”, constructed from the light inside their soul. Each point of light that shared provides illumination of our greater whole. Quote Right
Quote Left "It's hard to survive as an artist, but death not to create it..... Donna Varble Quote Right
Quote Left You have to do something that you love. Something that feeds your soul. Or otherwise your just existing. And that's not living at all. Carrie Merritt Artist 10/6/2019 Quote Right
Quote Left Artists manipulate thought. Entrepreneurs manipulate opportunities.statesmen manipulate chances.Politicians manipulate people. Quote Right
Quote Left Anything artistic heals, as long as it comes from the right source. Quote Right
Quote Left Critics Love to Hate & Artists love to Create Quote Right
Quote Left The artist's creativity is in their presentation of reality! Quote Right
Quote Left Though artists may not show it, they listen to constructive analysis. Quote Right
Quote Left The artist sees the idea, but it is in the 'expression' of accomplishment that we see the fruit of their labor. Quote Right
Quote Left Authoring applied alliteration is actually artistically appealing albeit absurd! Quote Right
Quote Left Listen to your inner silence, you will hear the voice of your inner artist. Quote Right
Quote Left "An artist never caps her pen." Quote Right
Quote Left Artists ... ours is not to understand the Creative Conscience ... but rather to be its VOICE. Quote Right
Quote Left I have decided to be a pure Poetry artist. Quote Right
Quote Left An Artist speaks about the shade as creativity not a sign of darkness- TEBOGO HLAO Quote Right
Quote Left An artist's work is complimentary to another. Quote Right
Quote Left With mutable colors she paints the countryside much like an artist painting a picture. Quote Right
Quote Left Writing serves as the bridge between my inner and outer worlds,bringing both into focus through the artistic lens. I can neither live without writing, nor write without living. Quote Right
Quote Left Imagination is the artist of the mind. Quote Right
Quote Left To show the truth to people, we should create illusions and we the artist are the makers of illusions. Quote Right
Quote Left You become a great artist when your art becomes you Quote Right
Quote Left True artists take risks with each of their works - while phonies collect bills for grocery clerks. Quote Right
Quote Left In the artist's mind beauty waits , in the artist's hands beauty creates Quote Right
Quote Left Living life like everyone else makes you apart of the picture, but choosing to stand out makes you the artist in front of the easel. Quote Right