Art quotes

  • I love history. I love art. I like to mix it all together, but in the end it somehow has to all make sense.
    -- Anna Sui

    #Art #Together #Ends

  • Communication is very important. And the arts do that, whether it's film or theater.
    -- Anne Archer

    #Art #Communication #Important

  • Art is violent. To be decisive is violent. ... To place a chair at a partial angle on the stage destroys every other possible choice, every other option.
    -- Anne Bogart

    #Art #Choices #Acting

  • timeliness is an enemy to art.
    -- Anne Bosworth Greene

    #Art #Enemy #Timeliness

  • Art can do much, but this maxim's most sure/A weak or wounded brain admits no cure.
    -- Anne Bradstreet

    #Art #Brain #Weak

  • How many are silenced, because in order to get to their art they would have to scream?
    -- Anne Clark

    #Art #Artist #Order

  • Obviously in Art of Noise, I'm just part of the group, and when I do film scores, it's always in collaboration with the director and other people involved.
    -- Anne Dudley

    #Art #People #Directors

  • We have lost the art of public tenderness, these small gestures of wiping and washing; we have forgotten how abjectly the body welcomes a formal touch.
    -- Anne Enright

    #Art #Body #Gestures

  • Music is art, and art is an integral part of the human experience.
    -- Anne Frasier

    #Art #Music Is #Human Experience

  • Whether or not you agree with Ayn Rand - and I have certain issues with some of her beliefs - the woman can tell a story. I mean, the novel as an art form is just in full florid bloom in 'Atlas Shrugged.' It's an unbelievable story. The characters are so compelling, and what she's saying is mind-expanding.
    -- Anne Hathaway

    #Art #Character #Mean

  • The art of dressing is the art we all practice
    -- Anne Hollander

    #Art #Practice #Dressings

  • To be great, art has to point somewhere.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Art #Greatness #Great Art

  • One learns first of all in beach living the art of shedding; how little one can get along with, not how much.
    -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    #Beach #Art #Ocean

  • Just once how I'd like to see the headline say, not much to print today, can't find anything bad to say.
    -- Anne Murray

    #Art #Media #Today

  • All's well with thee if thou art in just hands.
    -- Anne Reeve Aldrich

    #Art #Hands #Thee

  • Artists are meant to be madmen, to disturb and shock us.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Art #Shock #Madmen

  • In spite of all the refinements of civilization that conspired to make art--the dizzying perfection of the string quartet or the sprawling grandeur of Fragonard's canvases--beauty was savage. It was as dangerous and lawless as the earth had been eons before man had one single coherent thought in his head or wrote codes of conduct on tablets of clay. Beauty was a Savage Garden.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Art #Men #Garden

  • Romanticizing the act of writing or any other art is not very helpful to the artist or the art. It's much better if one simply does.
    -- Anne Roiphe

    #Art #Writing #Doe

  • I'm not really quiet or shy. Ask any of my friends! But I always ground my poetry in life itself. Poetry is an art of language, though, so I am always aware of every word's meaning, or multiple meanings.
    -- Anne Stevenson

    #Friends #Art #Shy

  • I dislike literary jargon and never use it. Criticism has only one function and that is to help readers read and understand literature. It is not a science, it is an aid to art.
    -- Anne Stevenson

    #Art #Science #Criticism

  • It is ultimately character that underwrites art.
    -- Anne Truitt

    #Art #Character

  • There is an appalling amount of mechanical work in the artist's life ... Talent is mysterious, but the qualities that guard, foster, and direct it are not unlike those of a good quartermaster.
    -- Anne Truitt

    #Art #Quality #Mysterious

  • The difference between men and women is inalienable. It is not a political fact, subject to cultural definition and redefinition, but a physical verity. We do truthfully experience our lives differently because our bodies are different. It is in what we do with our experience that we are the same. We feel, absorb and examine with the same intensity, and intense experience honestly examined informs the art of both sexes equally. ... The power of imagination illuminates all human lives in common.
    -- Anne Truitt

    #Art #Sex #Men

  • The art of being officially old seems to lie in cooperative submission.
    -- Anne Truitt

    #Art #Lying #Age

  • artists often lie behind on the field long after the art combine, the broad-bladed harvester of informed criticism, has mowed, bailed, and stored the crop.
    -- Anne Truitt

    #Art #Lying #Long

  • Art comes into the highest part of the mind, with which we can know the presence of God.
    -- Anne Truitt

    #Art #Mind #Presence Of God

  • Artists have no choice but to express their lives. They have only, and that not always, a choice of process. This process does not change the essential content of their work in art, which can only be their life.
    -- Anne Truitt

    #Art #Choices #Essentials

  • No one questions the fact that verbal language has to be learned, but the commonplaceness of visual experience betrays art; people tend to assume that, because they can see, they can see art.
    -- Anne Truitt

    #Art #People #Facts

  • A mystery confounds the problem of industry in art. In the last analysis, to work is simply not enough. But we have to act as if it were, leaving reward aside.
    -- Anne Truitt

    #Art #Leaving #Analysis

  • When I speak now, my experience in art wells up so articulately that I am surprised even while I am talking. I move around a podium as easily as if it were my living room and although I am keyed up I am not anxious. I feel as if I were doing what I should be doing - the feeling I have when intent in my studio.
    -- Anne Truitt

    #Art #Moving #Talking

  • All art requires courage.
    -- Anne Wilkes Tucker


  • Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic.
    -- Annie Dillard

    #Art #Labradors #Traffic

  • The mind itself is an art object ... The mind is a blue guitar on which we improvise the song of the world.
    -- Annie Dillard

    #Song #Art #Blue

  • I've always cared more about taking pictures than about the art market.
    -- Annie Leibovitz

    #Art #Photographer #Taking Pictures

  • For me, pointing and clicking my phone is absolutely fine. People say that isn't the art of photography but I don't agree.
    -- Annie Lennox

    #Photography #Art #Phones

  • I am a hobbyist photographer so I relate to the visual arts that way, but Im not a painter.
    -- Annie Parisse

    #Art #Way #Photographer

  • Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
    -- Ansel Adams

    #Photography #Art #Believe

  • You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
    -- Ansel Adams

    #Photography #Art #Book

  • There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.
    -- Ansel Adams

    #Art #Men #Quality

  • I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.
    -- Ansel Adams

    #Art #Needs #Critics

  • There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
    -- Ansel Adams

    #Photography #Art #Ignorance

  • You don't take a photograph, you make it.
    -- Ansel Adams

    #Inspirational #Photography #Art

  • Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum.
    -- Ansel Adams

    #Art #Eye #Museums

  • Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.
    -- Ansel Adams

    #Photography #Art #Communication

  • I can look at a fine art photograph and sometimes I can hear music.
    -- Ansel Adams

    #Art #Looks #Sometimes

  • Art is both the taking and giving of beauty; the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the inter-relations of these.
    -- Ansel Adams

    #Art #Reality #Men

  • It is easy to take a photograph, but it is harder to make a masterpiece in photography than in any other art medium.
    -- Ansel Adams

    #Photography #Art #Easy

  • Impression is not enough. Design, style, technique - these, too, are not enough. Art must reach further than impression or self-revelation .
    -- Ansel Adams

    #Art #Self #Design

  • I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can!
    -- Ansel Adams

    #Photography #Art #Soul

  • I'm starting to get a following on Twitter. That's a really awesome power to have. It gives me the opportunity to make any kind of art I want.
    -- Ansel Elgort

    #Art #Opportunity #Giving

  • Art is longing. You never arrive, but you keep going in the hope that you will.
    -- Anselm Kiefer

    #Art #Longing #Art Is

  • Life is an illusion. I am held together in the nothingness by art.
    -- Anselm Kiefer

    #Art #Together #Life Is

  • Art is difficult. It's not entertainment. There are only a few people who can say something about art - it's very restricted. When I see a new artist I give myself a lot of time to reflect and decide whether it's art or not. Buying art is not understanding art.
    -- Anselm Kiefer

    #Art #Giving #People

  • When I see a new artist I give myself a lot of time to reflect and decide whether it's art or not.
    -- Anselm Kiefer

    #Art #Artist #Giving

  • Art really is something very difficult. It is difficult to make, and it is sometimes difficult for the viewer to understand. It is difficult to work out what is art and what is not art.
    -- Anselm Kiefer

    #Art #Work Out #Sometimes

  • I believe art has to take responsibility but it should not give up being art.
    -- Anselm Kiefer

    #Art #Giving Up #Believe

  • As an artist you have to find something that deeply interests you. It's not enough to make art that is about art, to look at Matisse and Picasso and say, how can I paint like them? You have to be obsessed by something that can't come out in any other way, then the other things - the skill and technique - will follow.
    -- Anselm Kiefer

    #Art #Skills #Technique

  • Art is difficult. Its not entertainment.
    -- Anselm Kiefer

    #Art #Entertainment #Difficult

  • Buying art is not understanding art.
    -- Anselm Kiefer

    #Art #Understanding #Buying

  • O supreme and unapproachable light! O whole and blessed truth, how far art thou from me, who am so near to thee! How far removed art thou from my vision, though I am so near to thine! Everywhere thou art wholly present, and I see thee not. In thee I move, and in thee I have my being; and I cannot come to thee. Thou art within me, and about me, and I feel thee not.
    -- Anselm of Canterbury

    #Art #Moving #Blessed

  • Knowledge empowers people. If people know the rules, and are sensitized by art, humor, and creativity, they are much more likely to accept change.
    -- Antanas Mockus

    #Art #Creativity #People

  • In the ’70s it was skateboards, in the ’80s it was drugs, in the ’90s it was art, and now it’s my family.
    -- Anthony

    #Art #Drug #My Family

  • I went to the High School for Performing Arts, and to Howard University on a talent scholarship.
    -- Anthony Anderson

    #Art #School #Talent

  • If you respect the art and you have some talent about you, I'm on your team.
    -- Anthony Anderson

    #Teamwork #Art #Team

  • I'm seeking to have an art that is engaged as a way for saying, 'Hurray for unity.
    -- Anthony Braxton

    #Art #Unity #Way

  • Well, well, well, well. If it isn't fat, stinking billygoat Billy-Boy in poison. How art thou, thy globby bottle of cheap, stinking chip-oil? Come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles, you eunuch jelly thou.
    -- Anthony Burgess

    #Art #Boys #Oil

  • The purpose of education is to fit us for life in a civilised community, and it seems to follow from the subjects we study that the two most important things in civilised life are Art and Science.
    -- Anthony Burgess

    #Education #Art #Two

  • All art preserves mysteries which aesthetic philosophers tackle in vain.
    -- Anthony Burgess

    #Art #Philosopher #Mystery

  • What critics often ask for is the impossible, though this may be a salutary means of extending the borders of art.
    -- Anthony Burgess

    #Art #Mean #Borders

  • I think art is sublimated libido. You can’t be a eunuch priest, and you can’t be a eunuch artist.
    -- Anthony Burgess

    #Art #Thinking #Libido

  • Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.
    -- Anthony Burgess

    #Art #Soul #Growing

  • The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.
    -- Anthony Burgess

    #Art #Writing #Six

  • This is great art, we've been told this by the great pundits of our age. And in consequence why should we bother to learn? There's nothing more delightful than to be told, 'You don't have to learn, my boy. There's nothing in it. Modern art? There's nothing in it.
    -- Anthony Burgess

    #Art #Boys #Age

  • We live through books; we have adventures in them, we lead alternative lives through them. We expand our memories through them. And that sometimes art can offer us more intense experiences of the world than life itself can.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Art #Memories #Book

  • The art of acting is not to act. Once you show them more, what you show them, in fact is bad acting.
    -- Anthony Hopkins

    #Art #Acting #Facts

  • The Constitution exists precisely so that opinions and judgments, including esthetic and moral judgments about art and literature, can be formed, tested, and expressed. What the Constitution says is that these judgments are for the individual to make, not for the Government to decree, even with the mandate or approval of a majority. Technology expands the capacity to choose; and it denies the potential of this revolution if we assume the Government is best positioned to make these choices for us.
    -- Anthony Kennedy

    #Art #Technology #Government

  • I think art is inherently nonviolent and it actually occupies your mind with creation rather than destruction.
    -- Anthony Kiedis

    #Art #Thinking #Mind

  • Art-school girls are very nice.
    -- Anthony Mackie

    #Girl #Art #Nice

  • To measure up takes skill, but to err is an art.
    -- Anthony Marais

    #Art #Skills

  • Journalism is always the art of the incomplete. You get bits and pieces.
    -- Anthony Shadid

    #Art #Pieces #Journalism

  • There is no royal road to learning; no short cut to the acquirement of any art.
    -- Anthony Trollope

    #Art #Cutting #Royal

  • I strive for perfection, but of course it can never be perfect. I'm never satisfied at the end of a performance. But the great thing about live theatre is that every night you get another chance to get it right.
    -- Anthony Warlow

    #Art #Night #Perfect

  • I love what I do, and I never thought about doing anything else. I think my voice was bestowed upon me; it was a gift I was given. I just had to learn to understand how to use it.
    -- Anthony Warlow

    #Art #Thinking #Voice

  • It made me a household name, but nothing comes for nothing. What I had to give physically, emotionally and vocally to that role took a bit of my soul away.
    -- Anthony Warlow

    #Art #Names #Giving

  • The secret of art is love.
    -- Antoine Bourdelle

    #Art #Secret #Art Is

  • Art brings out the grand lines of nature.
    -- Antoine Bourdelle

    #Art #Design #Lines

  • No individual is isolated. He who is sad, saddens others.
    -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    #Art #Philosophy #History

  • I like the platform to show your art and everything that goes along with that. To show your voice and hopefully find films that are more politically driven, films that maybe inspire.
    -- Antoine Fuqua

    #Art #Moving #Voice

  • One succeeds in obtaining an equivalent production at a lower price by improving the arts, trades and agriculture and by developing the physical and moral qualities of workers, farmers and craftsmen.
    -- Antoine Lavoisier

    #Art #Agriculture #Quality

  • We may lay it down as an incontestible axiom, that, in all the operations of art and nature, nothing is created; an equal quantity of matter exists both before and after the experiment; the quality and quantity of the elements remain precisely the same; and nothing takes place beyond changes and modifications in the combination of these elements. Upon this principle the whole art of performing chemical experiments depends: We must always suppose an exact equality between the elements of the body examined and those of the products of its analysis.
    -- Antoine Lavoisier

    #Art #Quality #Analysis

  • We think only through the medium of words. Languages are true analytical methods. Algebra, which is adapted to its purpose in every species of expression, in the most simple, most exact, and best manner possible, is at the same time a language and an analytical method. The art of reasoning is nothing more than a language well arranged.
    -- Antoine Lavoisier

    #Art #Learning #Simple

  • The art of drawing conclusions from experiments and observations consists in evaluating probabilities and in estimating whether they are sufficiently great or numerous enough to constitute proofs. This kind of calculation is more complicated and more difficult than it is commonly thought to be. . . .
    -- Antoine Lavoisier

    #Art #Drawing #Estimating

  • Very nice couplet, although there are dull stretches.
    -- Antoine Rivarol

    #Art #Nice #Dull

  • The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Art #Artist #Roles

  • Cross out as many adjectives and adverbs as you can. ... It is comprehensible when I write: "The man sat on the grass," because it is clear and does not detain one's attention. On the other hand, it is difficult to figure out and hard on the brain if I write: "The tall, narrow-chested man of medium height and with a red beard sat down on the green grass that had already been trampled down by the pedestrians, sat down silently, looking around timidly and fearfully." The brain can't grasp all that at once, and art must be grasped at once, instantaneously.
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Art #Writing #Men

  • There is nothing new in art except talent.
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Art #Genius #Literature

  • Art, especially the stage, is an area where it is impossible to walk without stumbling. There are in store for you many unsuccessful days and whole unsuccessful seasons: there will be great misunderstandings and deep disappointments… you must be prepared for all this, expect it and nevertheless, stubbornly, fanatically follow your own way.
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Art #Disappointment #Acting

  • If you want to work on your art, work on your life.
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Art #Growth #Want

  • This man, who for twenty-five years has been reading and writing about art, and in all that time has never understood anything about art, has for twenty-five years been hashing over other people's ideas about realism, naturalism and all that nonsense; for twenty-five years he has been reading and writing about what intelligent people already know and about what stupid people don't want to know--which means that for twenty-five years he's been taking nothing and making nothing out of it. And with it all, what conceit! What pretension!
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Art #Stupid #Reading

  • Abstract art has helped us to experience the emotional power inherent in pure form.
    -- Anton Ehrenzweig

    #Art #Emotional #Abstract