Art quotes

  • Every song, every form of art, clothing, shoes, it has to be special.
    -- Afrojack

    #Song #Art #Shoes

  • My grandfather was a most gifted person, and amongst his many qualities, one of them had always particularly impressed me. While the past was a book he had read and re-read may times, the future was just one more literary work of art into which he used to pour himself with deep thought and concentration. Innumerable people since his death have told me how he used to read in the future, and this certainly was one of his very great strengths.
    -- Aga Khan III

    #Art #Book #Past

  • But no artist, I now realize, can be satisfied with art alone. There is a natural craving for recognition which cannot be gain-said.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Art #Gains #Recognition

  • Art is in love with luck, and luck with art.
    -- Agathon

    #Art #Luck #Art Is

  • Public art existed all along, but ecological art just naturally grew out of my thinking and writings in that area for years. I didn't get involved in it; I started what then became a movement.
    -- Agnes Denes

    #Art #Writing #Thinking

  • If I like a person, I like them. I may like the art and not like the person.
    -- Agnes Denes

    #Art #May #Persons

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

    #Art #Feelings #Emotion

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • Look at life all around; everything is growing, everything is moving forward. Therefore I recommend keeping in touch with life and with art.
    -- Agrippina Vaganova

    #Art #Moving #Looks

  • Can art be completely invented? It's a matter of shaping reality with the help of imagination.
    -- Aharon Appelfeld

    #Art #Reality #Imagination

  • We like to think of film and music as art, but actually art is something that is not restricted.
    -- Ahmed Best

    #Art #Thinking #Film

  • The art always wins. Anything can happen to me, but the art will stay.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Art #Winning #Anything Can Happen

  • If my art has nothing to do with people's pain and sorrow, what is 'art' for?
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Art #Pain #People

  • I think art certainly is the vehicle for us to develop any new ideas, to be creative, to extend our imagination, to change the current conditions.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Art #Thinking #Ideas

  • Everything is art. Everything is politics.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Art #World #Changing The World

  • I think art is a very important weapon to achieve human freedom
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Art #Thinking #Important

  • I think everybody deserves freedom. Freedom is such an abstract word, but it's all we need.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Art #Thinking #Needs

  • I always want to design a frame that’s open to everyone. I don’t see art as a secret code.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Art #Design #Secret

  • Art is always about overcoming obstacles between the inner condition and the skill for expression.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Art #Expression #Skills

  • Art needs to stand for something.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Art #Needs

  • Freedom of expression is a very essential condition for me to make any art. Also, it is an essential value for my life. I have to protect this right and also to fight for the possibility.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Art #Fighting #Expression

  • In the world of art, all things are possible.--George from Paradise Kiss
    -- Ai Yazawa

    #Art #Kissing #World

  • If Bible Christianity is to survive the present world upheaval, we shall need to have a fresh revelation of the greatness and the beauty of Jesus.... He alone can raise our cold hearts to rapture and restore again the art of true worship.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Jesus #Art #Prayer

  • And what kind of habitation pleases God? What must our natures be like before he can feel at home within us? He asks nothing but a pure heart and a single mind. He asks no rich paneling, no rugs from the Orient, no art treasures from afar. He desires but sincerity, transparency, humility, and love. He will see to the rest.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Art #Home #Humility

  • Apart from God nothing matters. We think that health matters, that freedom matters, or knowledge or art or civilization. And but for one insistent word they would matter indeed. That word is eternity.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Art #Thinking #Civilization

  • T hanks for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather. H for harvest stored away, home, and hearth, and holiday. A for autumn's frosty art, and abundance in the heart. N for neighbors, and November, nice things, new things to remember. K for kitchen, kettles' croon, kith and kin expected soon. S for sizzles, sights, and sounds, and something special that about. That spells THANKS for joy in living and a jolly good Thanksgiving.
    -- Aileen Fisher

    #Art #Nice #Home

  • I thought I was gonna be an attorney, so I went to Dartmouth and I was a government major and I minored in environmental policy, and I didn't do anything academically around the arts.
    -- Aisha Tyler

    #Art #Government #Environmental

  • Those who gave thee a body, furnished it with weakness; but He who gave thee Soul, armed thee with resolution. Employ it, and thou art wise; be wise and thou art happy.
    -- Akhenaton

    #Wise #New Year #Art

  • Though thou art far away, thy rays are on Earth; Though thou art in their faces, no one knows thy going.
    -- Akhenaton

    #Art #Rays #Faces

  • The art of life is loving and listening to one another.
    -- Akiane Kramarik

    #Art #Listening #Life Is

  • To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Art #Mean #Eye

  • I like silent pictures and I always have ... I wanted to restore some of this beauty. I thought of it, I remember in this way: one of techniques of modern art is simplification, and that I must therefore simplify this film.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Art #Technique #Way

  • The method of producing comics in Japan is very hectic, but it's also rewarding because it's possible to do both the story and art all by yourself. In this way, it's possibly to bring out one's individuality. If this idea appeals to you, I call on you to try drawing your own manga.
    -- Akira Toriyama

    #Art #Japan #Ideas

  • My love for sports will never die. I love martial arts and I want to promote it in whichever way I can. I am a fighter first, then an actor.
    -- Akshay Kumar

    #Sports #Art #Actors

  • Despite the hundreds of attempts, police terror and the concentration camps have proved to be more or less impossible subjects for the artist; since what happened in them was beyond the imagination, it was therefore also beyond art and all those human values on which art is traditionally based.
    -- Al Alvarez

    #Art #Imagination #Police

  • The better the artist, the more vulnerable he seems to be.
    -- Al Alvarez

    #Art #Artist #Vulnerable

  • Twentieth-century art may start with nothing, but it flourishes by virtue of its belief in itself, in the possibility of control over what seems essentially uncontrollable, in the coherence of the inchoate, and in its ability to create its own values.
    -- Al Alvarez

    #Art #May #Coherence

  • The real resistance now is to an art which forces its audience to recognize and accept imaginatively, in their nerve ends, not the facts of life but the facts of death and violence: absurd, random, gratuitous, unjustified, and inescapably part of the society we have created.
    -- Al Alvarez

    #Art #Real #Nerves

  • Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
    -- Al Capp

    #Sarcastic #Art #Architecture

  • I don't consider myself an artist necessarily, but craftsmen or people in the arts, their spiritualism is sort of when you're writing well or performing well or doing whatever you do well, there's an element of that that's either God-given, a talent that you're not necessarily responsible for.
    -- Al Franken

    #Art #Writing #People

  • Life is an art, not a science. You make it up as you go along.
    -- Al Hirschfeld

    #Art #Life Is

  • Art is commenting on what's going on around you in your life.
    -- Al Jourgensen

    #Art #Art Is

  • She doesn't give you time for questions as she locks up your arms in hers. And you follow till your sense of direction completely disappears.
    -- Al Stewart

    #Art #Media #Giving

  • Movie queens diffuse into Cinema haze, while libertines read pornozines in street cafes.
    -- Al Stewart

    #Art #Queens #Media

  • I know I'm a million times as humble as thou art!
    -- Al Yankovic

    #Art #Humble

  • I dated Siamese twins, I slept with Big Foot, too. Get me on Sally Jesse, put me on Donahue.
    -- Al Yankovic

    #Art #Media #Feet

  • Midget wrestling on channel 3, it costs me 50 bucks a month.
    -- Al Yankovic

    #Art #Wrestling #Media

  • Take down those naked pictures of Ernest Borgnine.
    -- Al Yankovic

    #Art #Media #Naked

  • Art should stimulate.
    -- Ala Bashir

    #Art #Should

  • The truth is far beyond what we can see. Therefore my art is an invitation to comprehend this fact.
    -- Ala Bashir

    #Art #Truth #Facts

  • Art is not ideology. It is completely impossible to explain art on the basis of the homological relation that it is supposed to maintain with the real of history. The aesthetic process decentres the specular relation with which ideology perpetuates its closed infinity. The aesthetic effect is certainly imaginary; but this imaginary is not the reflection of the real, since it is the real of this reflection.
    -- Alain Badiou

    #Art #Real #Reflection

  • The cinema is a place of intrinsic indiscernibility between art and non-art.
    -- Alain Badiou

    #Art #Cinema

  • Art attests to what is inhuman in man.
    -- Alain Badiou

    #Art #Men #Inhuman

  • A good half of the art of living is resilience.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Art #Resilience #Half

  • Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Art #Promise #Wholeness

  • In a secularising world, art has replaced religion as a touchstone of our reverence and devotion.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Art #World #Devotion

  • No one is able to produce a great work of art without experience, nor achieve a worldly position immediately, nor be a great lover at the first attempt; and in the interval between initial failure and subsequent success, in the gap between who we wish one day to be and who we are at present, must come pain, anxiety, envy and humiliation. We suffer because we cannot spontaneously master the ingredients of fulfillment.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Art #Pain #Envy

  • Bad art might be defined as a series of bad choices about what to show and what to leave out.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Art #Choices #Might

  • Art cannot single-handedly create enthusiasm... it merely contributes to enthusiasm and guides us to be more conscious of feelings that we might previously have experienced only tentatively or hurriedly.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Art #Feelings #Might

  • If we are inclined to forget how much there is in the world besides that which we anticipate, then works of art are perhaps a little to blame, for in them we find at work the same process of simplification or selection as in the imagination.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Art #Imagination #World

  • Not by way of the forced and worn formula of Romaticism, but throught the closeness of an imagination that has never broken kinship with nature. Art must accept such gifts, and revaluate the giver.
    -- Alain LeRoy Locke

    #Art #Broken #Imagination

  • The art of the novel, however, has fallen into such a state of stagnation - a lassitude acknowledged and discussed by the whole of critical opinion - that it is hard to imagine such an art can survive for long without some radical change. To many, the solution seems simple enough: such a change being impossible, the art of the novel is dying.
    -- Alain Robbe-Grillet

    #Change #Art #Simple

  • Living gives you a better understanding of life. I would hope that my characters have become deeper and more rounded personalities. Wider travels have given me considerably greater insight into how cultural differences affect not only people, but politics and art.
    -- Alan Dean Foster

    #Art #Character #Differences

  • There is nothing in art, in philosophy, or in politics to match the fervor of mutual cooperation among discordant bands of fanatics.
    -- Alan Dean Foster

    #Art #Philosophy #Band

  • Brings [O'Brian's] achievement to a new height....Such is O'Brian's power to possess the imagination that I found I was living in his world as much as my own, wanting to know what happens next. That is the real test. Any contemporary novelist should recognize in Patrick O'Brian a Master of the Art.
    -- Alan Judd

    #Art #Real #Imagination

  • Sublime Philosophy! Thou art the patriarch's ladder, reaching heaven; And bright with beckoning angels—but alas! We see thee, like the patriarch, but in dreams, By the first step, dull slumbering on the earth.
    -- Alan Judd

    #Dream #Art #Philosophy

  • Most creativity is a transition from one context into another where things are more surprising. There’s an element of surprise, and especially in science, there is often laughter that goes along with the “Aha.” Art also has this element. Our job is to remind us that there are more contexts than the one that we’re in — the one that we think is reality.
    -- Alan Kay

    #Art #Jobs #Laughter

  • Computer literacy is a contact with the activity of computing deep enough to make the computational equivalent of reading and writing fluent and enjoyable. As in all the arts, a romance with the material must be well under way. If we value the lifelong learning of arts and letters as a springboard for personal and societal growth, should any less effort be spent to make computing a part of our lives?
    -- Alan Kay

    #Art #Reading #Writing

  • The power of both myth and art is this magical ability to open doors, to make connections — not only between us and the natural world, but between us and the rest of humanity. Myths show us what we have in common with every other human being, no matter what culture we come from, no matter what century we live in. . .and at the same time, mythic stories and art celebrate our essential differences...
    -- Alan Lee

    #Art #Differences #Doors

  • And the thing that I always tried to do with important singers when I met them was to sit down and record everything they knew, give them a first real run-through of their art.
    -- Alan Lomax

    #Running #Art #Real

  • You've got to be able to pay your bills, otherwise you're not going to sleep at night. But beyond that, the world inside my head has always been a far richer place than the world outside it. I suppose that a lot of my art and writing are meant to bring the two together.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Art #Writing #Sleep

  • There is some confusion as to what magic actually is. I think this can be cleared up if you just look at the very earliest descriptions of magic. Magic in its earliest form is often referred to as “the art”. I believe this is completely literal. I believe that magic is art and that art, whether it be writing, music, sculpture, or any other form is literally magic.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Art #Believe #Writing

  • To me, all creativity is magic. Ideas start out in the empty void of your head - and they end up as a material thing, like a book you can hold in your hand. That is the magical process. It's an alchemical thing. Yes, we do get the gold out of it but that's not the most important thing. It's the work itself.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Art #Book #Writing

  • For me, there is very little difference between magic and art. To me, the ultimate act of magic is to create something from nothing: It's like when the stage magician pulls the rabbit from the hat.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Art #Differences #Magic

  • I always argued against the auteur theory; films are a collaborative art form. I've had some fantastically good people help me make the movies.
    -- Alan Parker

    #Art #People #Helping

  • I love art, I collect mostly modern art.
    -- Alan Patricof

    #Art #Modern #Modern Art

  • If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Art #Littles #Robust

  • I was a student in London in the '70s, so CBGB really wasn't on my radar at all. Obviously, I was aware of the emergence of the Police in England and as an art student, I was very aware of David Byrne, but I suppose my musical taste at that time certainly didn't stretch towards the Dead Boys or the Ramones.
    -- Alan Rickman

    #Art #Boys #Cbgb

  • Main thing is to publish. Blog, tweet, write, photograph, tweet, video, code, play around with data - or a combination of all of the above. a) it will keep your journalistic ‘muscle’ in practice. b) if you’re any good, you’ll get noticed. And bear in mind you can do these things at other places than conventional news organisations. Many businesses, NGOs, arts organisations, public bodies, universities, etc are now publishers of extremely high quality stuff. Good places to practise your craft before moving on
    -- Alan Rusbridger

    #Art #Moving #Writing

  • The art of writing is to explain the complications of the human soul with the simplicity that can be universally understood.
    -- Alan Sillitoe

    #Art #Writing #Simplicity

  • There is, however, one feature that I would like to suggest should be incorporated in the machines, and that is a 'random element.' Each machine should be supplied with a tape bearing a random series of figures, e.g., 0 and 1 in equal quantities, and this series of figures should be used in the choices made by the machine. This would result in the behaviour of the machine not being by any means completely determined by the experiences to which it was subjected, and would have some valuable uses when one was experimenting with it.
    -- Alan Turing

    #Art #Mean #Choices

  • The singing of sea shanties as working songs at sea is a lost art
    -- Alan Villiers

    #Song #Art #Sea

  • Wonder, and its expression in poetry and the arts, are among the most important things which seem to distinguish men from other animals, and intelligent and sensitive people from morons.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Art #Animal #Intelligent

  • We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Art #Thinking #Talking

  • The art of living... is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Art #Unique #Past

  • The truth is revealed by removing things that stand in its light, an art not unlike sculpture, in which the artist creates, not by building, but by hacking away.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Art #Light #Sculpture

  • There is nothing at all that can be talked about adequately, and the whole art of poetry is to say what can't be said.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Art #Said #Poetry Is

  • The Art of Being: A state of wholeness in which the mind functions freely and easily, without the sensation of a second mind or ego standing over it with a club.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Art #Ego #Mind

  • I firmly believe that the only reason why I'm on this planet, the only reason why I live, breathe, and exist is, that it's my duty to be as honest as possible in my art.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Art #Honesty #Believe

  • I hear you're losing weight again, Mary Jane. Do you ever wonder who you're losing it for?
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Art #Media #Weight