Art quotes

  • My art career actually began under the kitchen table. My mother wanted to get me out of her hair while she cooked, so she laid out some paper and pencils on the floor under the kitchen table.
    -- Alton Tobey

    #Mother #Art #Careers

  • Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.
    -- Alvar Aalto

    #Art #Design #Splits

  • Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.
    -- Alvar Aalto

    #Art #Hate #Thinking

  • Improvisation is the art of becoming sound. It is the only art in which a human being can and must become the music he or she is making. Improvisation is the only musical art which predicated entirely on human trust and love.
    -- Alvin Curran

    #Music #Art #And Love

  • It is my hope that photography may fall in line with all the other arts and with her infinite possibilities, do things strange and more fascinating than the most fantastic dreams.
    -- Alvin Langdon Coburn

    #Photography #Dream #Art

  • Why should not the camera artist break away from the worn out conventions and claim the freedom of expression which any art must have to be alive.
    -- Alvin Langdon Coburn

    #Art #Expression #Cameras

  • Music is one of the highest art forms there is. It can define a life, change a life, or even safe a life, in just three short minutes.
    -- Alyson Noel

    #Art #Life Changing #Three

  • We are not defined by our things. It´s not the clothes that we wear, the cars that we drive, the art we acquire- It´s not where we live- but how we live that defines us. It´s our actions that are remembered long after we are gone.
    -- Alyson Noel

    #Art #Clothes #Car

  • I'm kind of a pop balladeer because I love the art of storytelling. I call myself 'HBO for the ears'; I sing little movies.
    -- Amanda McBroom

    #Art #Hbo #Ears

  • It would nice to live in a world where art can just be art!
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Nice #World

  • I had very literal parents and I wanted to survive with metaphor and art, and there was a real sense of shame around it.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Real #Parent

  • In both the art and the business worlds, the difference between the amateurs and the professionals is simple: The professionals know they're winging it. The amateurs pretend they're not.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Simple #Differences

  • I think performance art comes from a simple place of wanting to express things beyond just sound.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Simple #Thinking

  • There's a huge cloud of shame around art and business being seen as bedfellows.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Clouds #Shame

  • Art is food for the soul, and an artistic climate is a healthy climate because it breeds empathy.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Empathy #Healthy

  • Life as it should be: all friends, all art, all music, all love, all the time.
    -- Amanda Palmer

    #Art #Should

  • I went to art school when I was little.
    -- Amanda Seyfried

    #Art #School #Littles

  • I went to art school when I was little. I took ballet lessons. I played a little kick ball. I was sort of into everything because I had too much energy and I didn't know where to put it. When I was a preteen, I got into singing, and became really obsessed with it.
    -- Amanda Seyfried

    #Art #School #Ballet

  • Art is for entertainment purposes, but it's also to reflect our dreams, our hopes, the present, the future the past - whether it's good or bad.
    -- Amber Valletta

    #Dream #Art #Past

  • diplomacy, n.: The patriotic art of lying for one's country.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Sarcastic #Country #Art

  • PHOTOGRAPH, n. A picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. It is a little better than the work of an Apache, but not quite so good as that of a Cheyenne.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Photography #Art #Littles

  • Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Sarcastic #Art #Humorous

  • Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Art #Weather #Painting

  • Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Inspirational #Photography #Art

  • Logic, n. The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding. The basic of logic is the syllogism, consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion - thus: Major Premise: Sixty men can do a piece of work sixty times as quickly as one man. Minor Premise: One man can dig a post-hole in sixty seconds; Therefore- Conclusion: Sixty men can dig a post-hole in one second. This may be called syllogism arithmetical, in which, by combining logic and mathematics, we obtain a double certainty and are twice blessed.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Art #Blessed #Science

  • Eloquence, n. The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any color appear white.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Art #Color #White

  • Quill: An instrument of torture yielded by a goose and commonly weilded by as ass.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Art #Entertainment #Ass

  • A cheap and easy cynicism rails at everything. The master of the art accomplishes the formidable task of discrimination.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Art #Tasks #Discrimination

  • picture, n. A representation in two dimensions of something wearisome in three.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Art #Two #Three

  • art, n. This word has no definition.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Art #Definitions

  • War: A by-product of the arts of peace.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Art #War

  • Art is the demonstration that the ordinary is extraordinary.
    -- Amedee Ozenfant

    #Art #Ordinary #Demonstration

  • When I know your soul, I will paint your eyes.
    -- Amedeo Modigliani

    #Art #Eye #Soul

  • Happiness is an angel with a serious face
    -- Amedeo Modigliani

    #Art #Angel #Faces

  • The function of art is to struggle against obligation.
    -- Amedeo Modigliani

    #Art #Struggle #Function

  • Every great work of art should be considered like any work of nature. First of all from the point of view of its aesthetic reality and then not just from its development and the mastery of its creation but from the standpoint of what has moved and agitated its creator.
    -- Amedeo Modigliani

    #Art #Reality #Views

  • Were I asked to define it, I should reply that archeology is that science which enables us to register and classify our knowledge of the sum of man's achievement in those arts and handicrafts whereby he has, in time past, signalized his passage from barbarism to civilization.
    -- Amelia B. Edwards

    #Art #Knowledge #Science

  • Thought is more important than art....To revere art and have no understanding of the process that forces it into existence, is finally not even to understand what art is.
    -- Amiri Baraka

    #Art #Understanding #Important

  • The attempt to divide art and politics is a bourgeois which says good poetry, art, cannot be political, but since everything is … political, even an artist or work that claims not to have any politics is making a political statement by that act.
    -- Amiri Baraka

    #Art #Political #Claims

  • Art is whatever makes you proud to be human.
    -- Amiri Baraka

    #Art #Proud #Art Is

  • There is no depth to education without art.
    -- Amiri Baraka

    #Art #Depth

  • The word “art” is something the West has never understood. Art is supposed to be a part of a community. Like, scholars are supposed to be a part of a community... Art is to decorate people’s houses, their skin, their clothes, to make them expand their minds, and it’s supposed to be right in the community, where they can have it when they want it... It’s supposed to be as essential as a grocery store... that’s the only way art can function naturally.
    -- Amiri Baraka

    #Art #Clothes #People

  • Art is a weapon in the struggle of ideas, the class struggle.
    -- Amiri Baraka

    #Art #Struggle #Class

  • The films of Warhol, when they are about anything are about sucking people off. This can be high art, to people who are interested in sucking people off. But that will not liberate Black people.
    -- Amiri Baraka

    #Art #People #Black

  • The art of appreciation begins with self appreciation.
    -- Amit Abraham

    #Appreciation #Art #Self

  • Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of mind,body and the soul.
    -- Amit Ray

    #Art #Yoga #Soul

  • Life is a mystery - mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.
    -- Amit Ray

    #Art #Inspiration #Practice

  • We had forgotten the art of using silence to convey emotions in our films and that's what you seem to have mastered. You've used silence to great advantage in the film. It's brilliant.
    -- Amitabh Bachchan

    #Art #Silence #Emotion

  • Truth is simple, requiring neither study nor art.
    -- Ammianus Marcellinus

    #Art #Truth #Simple

  • I recommend the art of slow reading.
    -- Amos Oz

    #Art #Reading

  • I remember when we had to pick our major freshman year, I chose comparative religion. It came to me out of the blue. I am amazed at how interested I still am in those ideas, especially the way spirituality is expressed in the world and in art.
    -- Amy Brenneman

    #Art #Blue #Years

  • O Thou who art my quietness, my deep repose, My rest from strife of tongues, my holy hill, Fair is Thy pavilion, where I hold me still. Back let them fall from me, my clamorous foes, Confusions multiplied; From crowding things of sense I flee, and Thee I hide. Until this tyranny be overpast, Thy hand will hold me fast; What though the tumult of the storm increase, Grant to Thy servant strength, O Lord, and bless with peace.
    -- Amy Carmichael

    #Art #Inspiration #Fall

  • Someone told me once that to create true art you must be willing to bleed and let others watch.
    -- Amy Harmon

    #Art #Watches #Willing

  • Evanescence fans aren't the popular kids in school. They aren't the cheerleaders. It's the art kids and the nerds and the kids who grow up to be the most interesting creative people.
    -- Amy Lee

    #Art #Growing Up #School

  • Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
    -- Amy Lowell

    #Art #Men #Expression

  • Great emotion always tends to become rhythmic, and out of that tendency the forms of art have been evolved. Art becomes artificial only when the forms take precedence over the emotion.
    -- Amy Lowell

    #Art #Emotion #Form

  • How hard, how desperately hard, is the way of the experimenter in art!
    -- Amy Lowell

    #Art #Way

  • Art is like politics. Any theory carried too far ends in sterility, and freshness is only gained by following some other line.
    -- Amy Lowell

    #Art #Lines #Ends

  • I was six when my mother taught me the art of invisible strength..."strongest wind cannot be seen."
    -- Amy Tan

    #Strength #Mother #Art

  • Look at what Al Davis has done. He hired the first Hispanic head coach (Tom Flores), the first black head coach (Art Shell), and now me. It's not a coincidence. People in sports talk a lot about inclusiveness and giving people opportunities. While they talk, I only see one person doing it. Al is the last person on Earth who'd do this for a pat on the back. A pat on the back would annoy him. He does it for the right reasons.
    -- Amy Trask

    #Sports #Art #Opportunity

  • My art is the way I reestablish the bonds that tie me to the universe.
    -- Ana Mendieta

    #Art #Ties #Way

  • My art is grounded in the belief of one universal energy which runs through everything: from insect to man, from man to spectre, from spectre to plant from plant to galaxy. My works are the irrigation veins of this universal fluid. Through them ascend the ancestral sap, the original beliefs, the primordial accumulations, the unconscious thoughts that animate the world
    -- Ana Mendieta

    #Running #Art #Men

  • My dream is for my flowers to act as beacons and rallying points across the planet - bringing people together on a global scale and through my art start a global conversation.
    -- Ana Tzarev

    #Dream #Art #Flower

  • Art speaks its own language-soul to soul, heart to heart.
    -- Ana Tzarev

    #Art #Soul #Language

  • Religion without art is a dead system of dogmas which have no effect on life.
    -- Anagarika Govinda

    #Art #Religion #Dogma

  • Art is the method of levitation, in order to separate one's self from enslavement by the earth.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Art #Self #Order

  • It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Inspirational #Life #Art

  • I don't wish power, only art -art and passion.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Art #Passion #Wish

  • Asia discovered two remedies for the cruelty of man, art and religion. America discarded both and is drowning in hate and aggressivity.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Art #Hate #Men

  • To mistake ugliness for reality is one of the frauds of the realistic school [of writing]. A hunger for the unknown and an aspiration toward beauty were inseparable from civilization. In America the word art was distorted to mean artificial.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Art #Mistake #Mean

  • Either one fails in one's art or in one's life.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Art #Failing

  • all the art of analysis consists in saying a truth only when the other person is ready for it, has been prepared for it by an organic process of gradation and evolution ...
    -- Anais Nin

    #Art #Analysis #Evolution

  • Life, religion and art all converge in Bali. They have no word in their language for 'artist' or 'art.' Everyone is an artist.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Art #Asia #Language

  • Why one writes is a question I can answer easily, having so often asked it of myself. I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me — the world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own, like a climate, a country, an atmosphere in which I could breathe, reign, and recreate myself when destroyed by living. That, I believe, is the reason for every work of art.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Country #Art #War

  • We do not escape into philosophy, psychology, and art--we go there to restore our shattered selves into whole ones.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Art #Philosophy #Self

  • We have come to think of art and work as incompatible, or at least independent categories and have for the first time in history created an industry without art.
    -- Ananda Coomaraswamy

    #Art #Creativity #Independent

  • Art is nothing tangible. We cannot call a painting 'art' as the words 'artifact' and 'artificial' imply. The thing made is a work of art made by art, but not itself art. The art remains in the artist and is the knowledge by which things are made.
    -- Ananda Coomaraswamy

    #Art #Tangible #Painting

  • The most awkward means are adequate to the communication of authentic experience, and the finest words no compensation for lack of it. It is for this reason that we are moved by the true Primitives and that the most accomplished art craftsmanship leaves us cold.
    -- Ananda Coomaraswamy

    #Art #Communication #Mean

  • There is something about seeing real people on a stage that makes a bad play more intimately, more personally offensive than any other art form.
    -- Anatole Broyard

    #Art #Real #Play

  • What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!
    -- Anatole France

    #Art #Atheist #Stupid

  • In art as in love, instinct is enough.
    -- Anatole France

    #Love #Life #Art

  • Chess is everything: art, science, and sport.
    -- Anatoly Karpov

    #Sports #Art #Chess

  • To be able to do art, it was a luxury to me.
    -- Anchee Min

    #Art #Luxury #Able

  • No one will hit you harder than life itself. It doesn't matter how hard you hit back. It's about how much you can take, and keep fighting, how much you can suffer and keep moving forward. That's how you win.
    -- Anderson Silva

    #Art #Moving #Fighting

  • I practice the martial arts. I don't practice MMA. MMA is my job, MMA is a new sport. Martial arts is the knowledge from the ages.
    -- Anderson Silva

    #Sports #Art #Jobs

  • Everyday that goes by I try to improve myself and searching for something that may even be impossible; perfection.
    -- Anderson Silva

    #Art #Perfection #Everyday

  • If you train 100% the result will be 100%.
    -- Anderson Silva

    #Art #Martial Arts #Results

  • I believe I can do things people think are impossible.
    -- Anderson Silva

    #Art #Believe #Thinking

  • The book it reminded me of most is Henry Miller’s The Books in My Life. Like Miller, Shields manages to convey his affection for and admiration of literature, and that, the enthusiasm and admiration, can revitalize the reader’s love for the art form. I’m grateful for How Literature Saved My Life because the book has made me think again – and for the first time in a while – 'Well, what is it we do when we read?' It’s a damned annoying question, but it needs to be asked now and then, and Shields has asked it in a way I find resonant and moving.
    -- Andre Alexis

    #Art #Moving #Book

  • Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.
    -- Andre Bazin

    #Photography #Art #Doe

  • All the arts are based on the presence of man, only photography derives an advantage from his absence. Photography affects us like a phenomenon in nature, like a flower or a snowflake whose vegetable or earthly origins are an inseparable part of their beauty.
    -- Andre Bazin

    #Photography #Art #Flower

  • But I am a lover of all kinds of art. And I just can't stick to one thing. I guess I could if I made myself, but I'd always be looking the other way, for other things.
    -- Andre Benjamin

    #Art #Way #Sticks

  • I've learned that I'm most powerful when I'm doing my art.
    -- Andre Benjamin

    #Art #Powerful

  • Hip-hop don't have no fresh energy, none at all. It's money driven, everybody tryin' to make that cheque, nobody putting art in their albums any more.
    -- Andre Benjamin

    #Art #Hip Hop #Energy

  • The art of Frida Kahlo is a ribbon around a bomb.
    -- Andre Breton

    #Art #Bombs #Ribbons

  • Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.
    -- Andre Breton

    #Wise #Art #Nature

  • Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession.
    -- Andre Breton

    #Art #Wall #Desire

  • A work of art has value only if tremors of the future run through it...
    -- Andre Breton

    #Running #Art #Works Of Art

  • Art must not be intelligent; art is a jouisance, an enjoyment
    -- Andre Derain

    #Art #Intelligent #Enjoyment

  • The greatest danger in art is too much knowledge.
    -- Andre Derain

    #Art #Too Much #Danger