Agnes Martin quotes

  • Doing what you were born to do … That's the way to be happy.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Way #Born

  • Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Art #Feelings #Emotion

  • Of all the pitfalls in our paths and the tremendous delays and wanderings off the track, I want to say that they are not what they seem to be. I want to say that all that seems like fantastic mistakes are not mistakes, all that seems like error is not error; and it all has to be done. That which seems like a false step is the next step.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Mistake #Errors #Track

  • My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Forever #Perception #Mind

  • Happiness is being on the beam with life - to feel the pull of life
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Beam #Feels

  • The worst thing you can think about when you’re working is yourself,
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Thinking #Worst

  • Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye, it is in the mind.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Eye #Mind #Mystery

  • My paintings are certainly nonobjective. They're just horizontal lines. There's not any hint of nature. And still everybody responds, I think.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Art #Thinking #Hints

  • When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Art #Eye #Thinking

  • To progress in life you must give up the things you do not like. Give up doing the things that you do not like to do. You must find the things that you do like. The things that are acceptable to your mind.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Giving Up #Mind #Progress

  • There's nobody living who couldn't stand all afternoon in front of a waterfall .... Anyone who can sit on a stone in a field awhile can see my painting. Nature is like parting a curtain, you go into it .... as you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Beach #Ocean #Looks

  • When you look in your mind you find it covered with a lot of rubbishy thoughts. You have to penetrate these and hear what your mind is telling you to do. Such work is original work.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Mind #Looks #Covered

  • Beauty and happiness and life are all the same and they are pervasive, unattached and abstract and they are our only concern. They are immeasurable, completely lacking in substance. They are perfect and sublime. This is the subject matter of art.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Art #Perfect #Sublime

  • Any material may be used but the theme is the same and the response is the same for all artwork... we all have the same concern, but the artist must know exactly what the experience is. He must pursue the truth relentlessly
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Artist #May #Used

  • I would like my work to be recognized as being in the classical tradition (Coptic, Egyptian, Greek, Chinese), as representing the Ideal in the mind. Classical art cannot possibly be eclectic. One must see the ideal in one's own mind. It is like a memory - an awareness -of perfection.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Art #Memories #Perfection

  • I used to meditate until I learned to stop thinking.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Thinking #Used

  • I often paint tranquility. If you stop thinking and rest, then a little happiness comes into your mind. At perfect rest you are comfortable.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Thinking #Perfect #Mind

  • It's not about facts, it's about feelings. It's about remembering feelings and happiness. A definition of art is that it makes concrete our most subtle emotions. I think the highest form of art is music. It's the most abstract of all art expression.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Happiness #Art #Thinking

  • What we really want to do is serve happiness. We want everyone to be happy, never unhappy even for a moment. We want the animals to be happy. The happiness of every living thing is what we want.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Happiness #Animal #Unhappy

  • Fulfill your potential. That's the way to happiness.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Way

  • It is commonly thought that everything that is can be put into words.
    -- Agnes Martin

  • That which takes us by surprise-moments of happiness-that is inspiration.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Art #Inspiration #Surprise

  • Pollock was terrific. I think he freed himself of all kinds of worry about this world. Ran around and dripped, and then he managed to express ecstasy.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Art #Thinking #Worry

  • You can't make a perfect painting. We can see perfection in our minds. But we can't make a perfect painting.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Art #Perfect #Mind

  • I hope I have made it clear that the work is about perfection as we are aware of it in our minds but that the paintings are very far from being perfect - completely removed in fact - even as we ourselves are.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Art #Perfection #Mind

  • What I say is that we're capable of a transcendent response, and I think it makes us happy. And I do think beauty produces a transcendent response.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Beauty #Art #Thinking

  • I think our minds respond to things beyond this world. Take beauty: it's a very mysterious thing, isn't it? I think it's a response in our minds to perfection. It's too bad, people not realizing that their minds expand beyond this world.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Thinking #People #Perfection

  • The enormous pitfall is devotion to oneself instead of to life. All works that are self-devoted are absolutely ineffective.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Self #Pitfalls #Devotion

  • I'm very careful not to have ideas, because they're inaccurate.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Ideas #Careful

  • When I first made a grid I happened to be thinking of the innocence of trees and then this grid came into my mind and I thought it represented innocence, and I still do, and so I painted it and then I was satisfied. I thought, this is my vision.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Thinking #Tree #Mind

  • It would be an endless battle if it were all up to ego because it does not destroy and is not destroyed by itself It is like a wave it makes itself up, it rushes forward getting nowhere really it crashes, withdraws and makes itself up again pulls itself together with pride towers with pride rushes forward into imaginary conquest crashes in frustration withdraws with remorse and repentance pulls itself together with new resolution
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Pride #Frustration #Ego

  • I once taught art to adults in a night course. I had a woman who painted her back yard, and she said it was the first time she had ever really looked at it. I think everyone sees beauty. Art is a way to respond
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Art #Night #Thinking

  • I paint with my back to the world
    -- Agnes Martin

    #World #Paint

  • The adventurous state of mind is a high house... The joy of adventure is unaccountable. This is the attractiveness of artwork. It is adventurous, strenuous and joyful.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Adventure #House #Joy

  • Inspiration is there all the time. For everyone whose mind is not clouded over with thoughts whether they realize it or not.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Inspiration #Mind #Realizing

  • Anything can be painted without representation.
    -- Agnes Martin

    #Representation