Artist quotes

  • The artist draws a picture of a rose very nicely with all attention and artistic sense, and yet it does not become as perfect as the real rose. If that is the real fact, how can we say that the real rose has taken its shape without Intelligence behind the beauty?
    -- A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

    #Real #Taken #Artist

  • After a point of time, when you get success and fame, money and everything, the purpose of life has to be redefined. For me, I think that purpose is to build bridges. Artists can do that very easily, more than politicians.
    -- A. R. Rahman

    #Thinking #Artist #Bridges

  • Artists are often excellent businessmen. They have to be. Otherwise they do not remain artists.
    -- A. Y. Jackson

    #Business #Artist #Excellent

  • What to paint was a problem for the war artist... the old heroics, the death and glory stuff, were gone forever... the impressionistic technique I had developed was now ineffective, for visual impressions were not enough.
    -- A. Y. Jackson

    #War #Artist #Forever

  • I want to be a real artist to consumers. I want to be the real thing for them.
    -- Aaron Carter

    #Real #Artist #Want

  • An artist’s job is to captivate… if we stumble into truth, we got lucky.
    -- Aaron Sorkin

    #Jobs #Artist #Lucky

  • I think with anything where you delve into the back story of an artist, it kind of explains their work more intimately.
    -- Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    #Artist #Thinking #Stories

  • An artist's job is simply to take the mirror in front of your face and hold it there. It's not to give you any answers. It is simply to take that mirror and point it at you.
    -- Aasif Mandvi

    #Jobs #Artist #Mirrors

  • The artist never really has any control over the impact of his work. If he starts thinking about the impact of his work, then he becomes a lesser artist.
    -- Aasif Mandvi

    #Artist #Thinking #Impact

  • My mum is an artist and very into creative expression and freedom.
    -- Abbie Cornish

    #Artist #Expression #Creative

  • Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization.
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Writing #Artist #Self

  • I would just encourage any artist to stay focused, of course keep God first, and just keep working hard. Try to outwork those who you idolize.
    -- Ace Hood

    #Artist #Trying #Firsts

  • The more an artist works the more there is to do.
    -- Ad Reinhardt


  • As an artist I would like to eliminate the symbolic pretty much, for black is interesting not as a color but as a non-color and as the absence of color.
    -- Ad Reinhardt

    #Artist #Color #Interesting

  • The artist as businessman is uglier than the businessman as artist.
    -- Ad Reinhardt

    #Artist #Businessman

  • Now almost every artist outside of New York is connected with some school or some museum school, and even in New York the majority are. That's an interesting fact when you take the idea of making money, making a living selling paintings. Only a dozen or two painters do that.
    -- Ad Reinhardt

    #New York #School #Artist

  • An artist who dedicates his life to art, burdens his art with his life, and his life with his art.
    -- Ad Reinhardt

    #Art #Artist #Burden

  • We all name ourselves. We call ourselves artists. Nobody asks us. Nobody says you are or you aren't.
    -- Ad Reinhardt

    #Artist #Names

  • Only a bad artist thinks he has a good idea. A good artist does not need anything.
    -- Ad Reinhardt

    #Artist #Thinking #Ideas

  • Painting cannot be the only activity of a mature artist.
    -- Ad Reinhardt

    #Artist #Painting #Mature

  • 'Brand-Dropping' is the term that the Kluger Agency coined to describe discreetly advertising by product mentioning in song, and we feel we can make this the way of the future without jeopardizing any artist's creative outlet or typical style.
    -- Adam Kluger

    #Song #Artist #Agency

  • I have an office full of product from brands trying to be in videos and an inbox full of songs from artists, but at the end of the day if the artist doesn't support the brand or it doesn't make sense for the song, then it will never work. What we do is try to pair them up so that both sides are happy.
    -- Adam Kluger

    #Song #Artist #Office

  • Pitbull is great with brands. Endorsements with hip-hop artists work because hip-hop artists typically set the most trends... It's every brand's goal to be seen in the mainstream, and hip-hop music has become mainstream music.
    -- Adam Kluger

    #Artist #Goal #Hip Hop

  • There are female artists I can look at that I find more in common with than the male artists, because they're blending the pop, dance and theatricality... but currently there aren't a lot of guys who go there.
    -- Adam Lambert

    #Dance #Artist #Guy

  • Frightening for many artists is promoting themselves. They feel it is... artificial and not what we want to be known for. Yet if we start thinking about what we do as important and important to offer to people, not to sell... it allows us to shift the way we think about promoting ourselves.
    -- Adam Leipzig

    #Artist #Thinking #People

  • Artists don't like the business side. None of us were born understanding money. We all had to learn how to do it. So it's just something creative people need to get familiar with... not really so scary.
    -- Adam Leipzig

    #Business #Artist #People

  • In order to be artists we need to be in our studios, in our private rooms... in our private personal space... that sacred protected space, so we can make our work. That's the only work that's worth making, right? That's the place where we can be free enough and vulnerable enough to share what we have to share.
    -- Adam Leipzig

    #Artist #Order #Space

  • In my opinion, there is a huge lack of imaginative, unconventional music being created by artists today and what little there is, goes widely unappreciated by the masses. 'Port Blue' is my attempt at re-creating the music I want to hear and the emotions I want to feel." "If by chance you ever feel as though you’ve come to know these songs, please consider yourself a friend because in a manner of speaking, you know me. This music is my heart and soul. This is who I am." (Adam R. Young, 2006)
    -- Adam Young

    #Song #Heart #Artist

  • Exploiting yourself sexually is not a good look. I don't find it encouraging...I just stand there and sing. I'm not worried that I'm a 'plus size' and so much bigger than other artists. No matter what you look like the key is to be happy with yourself.
    -- Adele

    #Artist #Keys #Looks

  • I want to go and see things as a fan again. I am a fan, but I can't remember what it feels like to be a fan anymore. Because I've become an artist. I've become the artist.
    -- Adele

    #Artist #Fans #Want

  • I think it's shameful when you sell out. It depends what kind of artist you wanna be, but I don't want my name anywhere near another brand.
    -- Adele

    #Artist #Thinking #Names

  • If artists do see fields blue they are deranged, and should go to an asylum. If they only pretend to see them blue, they are criminals and should go to prison.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Artist #Blue #Color

  • I have enjoyed all the artists I've worked with.
    -- Adrian Belew


  • There's nothing an artist needs more - even more than excellent tools and stamina - than a deadline.
    -- Adriana Trigiani

    #Artist #Needs #Tools

  • Autism doesn't have to define a person. Artists with autism are like anyone else: They define themselves through hard work and individuality.
    -- Adrienne Bailon

    #Hard Work #Artist #Autism

  • Our present-day artists do not transform, they deform. That gives pleasure to nobody. It changes everything, therefore it changes nothing.
    -- Adrienne Monnier

    #Artist #Giving #Pleasure

  • The serious revolutionary, like the serious artist, can't afford to lead a sentimental or self-deceiving life.
    -- Adrienne Rich

    #Artist #Self #Sentimental

  • If you see something is going wrong within politics and the world today, then some Hip Hop artist is gonna come along and get straight with it. If they think that there's a lot of racism going on then there's another Hip Hop artist who's gonna come out and speak their mind.
    -- Afrika Bambaataa

    #Artist #Thinking #Racism

  • Well, a lot of people within government and big business are nervous of Hip Hop and Hip Hop artists, because they speak their minds. They talk about what they see and what they feel and what they know. They reflect what's around them.
    -- Afrika Bambaataa

    #Artist #Government #People

  • great artists can be uncertain. Of course they are while strugggling to find solutions. Tolstoi's scripts are almost indecipherable. Emily Dickinson provided four or more alternates for every word; Beethoven wrestled with endings to the point of exhaustion; in our day Jerome Robbins and his lack of decision are a byword in the dance profession. But all of these knew very well what they did not want, and what they did not want was the current coin, the well-worn usage. What they wanted was something newly experienced, and therefore unknown and hard to attain.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Artist #Decision #Coins

  • Who am I?, the artist asks. And he devotes his whole life to finding out.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Artist #Whole Life #Findings

  • I never considered myself a performance artist.
    -- Agnes Denes

    #Artist #Performances

  • 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

  • Hands are the tool of the painter, the artist.
    -- Agnes Varda

    #Artist #Hands #Tools

  • Many fail to realize this great recording industry was built by so-called jazz artists. And at the other end of the spectrum, a base in European classical music as well.
    -- Ahmad Jamal

    #Music #Artist #Jazz

  • I think it’s a responsibility for any artist to protect freedom of expression and to use any way to extend this power.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Responsibility #Artist #Thinking

  • It became like a symbolic thing, to be “an artist.” After Duchamp, I realized that being an artist is more about a lifestyle and attitude than producing some product.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Attitude #Artist #Lifestyle

  • I’m an artist who is always looking for what is possible. I’m always looking to extend the boundaries.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Artist #Boundaries

  • We have to give our opinion, we have to say something, or we are a part of it. As an artist I am forced to say something.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Artist #Giving #Opinion

  • The role of the artist is to not look away.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Artist #Roles #Looks

  • In order to find reality, each must search for his own universe, look for the details that contribute to this reality7 that one feels under the surface of things. To be an artist means to search, to find and look at these realities. To be an artist means never to look away.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Mean #Artist #Reality

  • To be an artist means to search, to find and look at these realities. To be an artist means to never look away.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Mean #Artist #Reality

  • The moment artists can just do what they love to do then music will go right back to where it used to be. I mean back in the '60s and '70s and '80s, that's what it was.
    -- Akon

    #Mean #Artist #Moments

  • Whatever obstacle comes your way, you gotta be prepared to jump over it! And I think that's what separates the legends from the regular artists. It's all in how you manage that success, and how you deal with the controversy when it actually comes.
    -- Akon

    #Artist #Thinking #Legends

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

    #Art #Artist #Vulnerable

  • Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.
    -- Al Hirschfeld

    #Children #Artist #Crayon

  • You know, it's no accident that the great painters came from areas like Europe where there is a lot of clouds and rain, which begets color and subtle washes of tone. Most great graphic artists come from areas with prevalent sun, where line and shadow are paramount.
    -- Al Hirschfeld

    #Rain #Artist #Europe

  • A lot of artists have really been supportive over the years.
    -- Al Yankovic

    #Artist #Years #Supportive

  • What kind of morons do you have working at newspapers in Austin that would base an entire review of an artist's performance on whether or not they had a good seat?
    -- Al Yankovic

    #Artist #Austin #Kind

  • As an artist, as an actor, as a writer, you have to use what's personal to you. You have to be personal about your work; otherwise, it doesn't ring true.
    -- Alan Alda

    #Artist #Use #Actors

  • But I found that being an artist and doing accurate work is very difficult.
    -- Alan Bean

    #Artist #Found #Difficult

  • As the centuries unfold, millions of artists will live on the moon and paint the moon and Mars as we go out into the universe.
    -- Alan Bean

    #Artist #Moon #Mars

  • I was an only child. I lost both my parents. By the time I was twenty I was bald. I'm homosexual. In the way of circumstances and background to transcend I had everything an artist could possibly want. It was practically a blueprint.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Children #Artist #Parent

  • Our father the novelist; my husband the poet. He belongs to the ages - just don't catch him at breakfast. Artists, celebrated for their humanity, they turn out to be scarcely human at all.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Husband #Father #Artist

  • The difference between famous creators and struggling artists is that the creators know that improving the lives of others deserves the highest reward.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Struggle #Creativity #Artist

  • Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Lying #Believe #Artist

  • It is not the job of artists to give the audience what the audience want. If the audience knew what they needed, then they wouldn’t be the audience. They would be the artist. It is the job of artists to give the audience what they need
    -- Alan Moore

    #Inspirational #Jobs #Artist

  • Folk rock was my real roots. I did a few gigs as a folk artist, in the style of Fairport Convention.
    -- Alan Parsons

    #Real #Artist #Rocks

  • I find as an artist if I'm not expressed relatively consistently, I get really depressed.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Artist #Consistently

  • My friend Harry Nilsson used to say the definition of an artist was someone who rode way ahead of the herd and was sort of the lookout. Now you don't have to be that, to be an artist. You can be right smack-dab in the middle of the herd. If you are, you'll be the richest.
    -- Albert Brooks

    #Artist #Dabs #Definitions

  • It's not the struggle that makes us artists, but Art that makes us struggle.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Art #Struggle #Artist

  • In a world that has ceased to believe in sin, the artist is responsible for the preaching.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Believe #Artist #World

  • The artist forges himself to the others, midway between the beauty he cannot do without and the community he cannot tear himself away from. That is why true artists scorn nothing: they are obliged to understand rather than to judge.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Artist #Judging #Community

  • The only really committed artist is he who, without refusing to take part in the combat, at least refuses to join the regular armies and remains a freelance.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Army #Artist #Combat

  • The French Revolution gave birth to no artists but only to a great journalist, Desmoulins, and to an under-the-counter writer, Sade. The only poet of the times was the guillotine.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Artist #Revolution #Birth

  • Modern conquerors can kill, but do not seem to be able to create. Artists know how to create but cannot really kill. Murderers are only very exceptionally found among artists.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Artist #Able #Modern

  • The greatest scientists are artists as well.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Artist #Scientist #Wells

  • Almost all the noblest things that have been achieved in the world, have been achieved by poor men; poor scholars, poor professional men, poor artisans and artists, poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius.
    -- Albert Pike

    #Artist #Men #Genius

  • It is the first vision that counts. The artist has only to remain true to his dream and it will possess his work in such a manner that it will resemble the work of no other... for no two visions are alike, and those who reach the heights have all toiled up steep mountains by a different route. To each has been revealed a different panorama.
    -- Albert Pinkham Ryder

    #Dream #Artist #Two

  • The artist has only to remain true to his dream and it will possess his work in such a manner that it will resemble the work of no other man.
    -- Albert Pinkham Ryder

    #Dream #Artist #Men

  • The artist should fear to become the slave of detail.
    -- Albert Pinkham Ryder

    #Fear #Artist #Details

  • The artist should strive to express his thought and not the surface of it.
    -- Albert Pinkham Ryder

    #Artist #Expression #Strive

  • The artist should fear to become the slave of detail. He should strive to express his thought and not the surface of it. What avails a storm cloud accurate in form and color if the storm is not therein?
    -- Albert Pinkham Ryder

    #Artist #Clouds #Color

  • At first, one sees the person who is modelling; but little by little, all of the possible sculptures that could be made come between artist and model.
    -- Alberto Giacometti

    #Artist #Sculpture #Littles

  • The artist is chosen by God to fulfill his commands and must never be overwhelmed by public opinion.
    -- Albrecht Durer

    #Artist #Public Opinion #Overwhelmed

  • The rush to books and universities is like the rush to the public house. People want to drown their realization of the difficulties of living properly in this grotesque contemporary world, they want to forget their own deplorable inefficiency as artists in life.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Book #Artist #People

  • In the days before machinery men and women who wanted to amuse themselves were compelled, in their humble way, to be artists. Now they sit still and permit professionals to entertain them by the aid of machinery. It is difficult to believe that general artistic culture can flourish in this atmosphere of passivity.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Believe #Humble #Artist

  • There are so many intellectual and moral angels battling for rationalism, good citizenship, and pure spirituality; so many and such eminent ones, so very vocal and authoritative! The poor devil in man needs all the support and advocacy he can get. The artist is his natural champion. When an artist deserts to the side of the angels, it is the most odious of treasons.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Angel #Artist #Men

  • What the rest of us see only under the influence of mescalin, the artist is congenitally equipped to see all the time.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Artist #Influence

  • Every significant artist is a metaphysician, a propounder of beauty-truths and form-theories.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Artist #Significant #Form

  • I didn't want to pretend to be a conceptual artist that charges $10,000 for an experience. It's just not what I am. I'm a photographer and I make prints. And people buy a print, and I understand that. But I'm uncomfortable with buying an experience.
    -- Alec Soth

    #Artist #People #Want

  • For a true artist, difficulties become opportunities and clouds become solid present.
    -- Alejandro Jodorowsky

    #Inspirational #Artist #Opportunity

  • Everyone in my family is an artist. Both my parents are painters and my mom's an opera singer. I was never shown any other way to process life.
    -- Aleksa Palladino

    #Mom #Artist #Parent

  • It is within the power of writers and artists to do much more: to defeat the lie!
    -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    #Lying #Artist #Defeat

  • Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words.
    -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    #Art #Artist #Names

  • It is the artist who realizes that there is a supreme force above him and works gladly away as a small apprentice under God's heaven.
    -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    #Artist #Heaven #Realizing

  • Em reminds me of one of my friends from back home. It was just so natural. I forgot in two seconds that he was the biggest-selling artist of the decade. He knows what he’s doing. Me and him mixed [the song] together and he’s not like somebody that’s telling somebody what to do. We were both on the board turning knobs. The atmosphere and the vibe down there was just super cool.
    -- Alex da Kid

    #Song #Home #Artist

  • Be an artist of consciousness. Your picture of reality is your most important creation. Make it powerfully profoundly beautiful.
    -- Alex Grey

    #Beautiful #Artist #Reality

  • Artists are most themselves when they are out of their minds, transcending the ego skirmishes of conceptual thought, and intuitively relinquishing control to the greater Creator
    -- Alex Grey

    #Artist #Ego #Mind

  • I think the worst reaction that I could get from someone to my photos is some sort of mediocre, middle-range reaction where they really get nothing from it, and they want to move on to the next thing. [I'd rather they be] horrified, pissed off at me, extremely disgusted at how bad of an artist I am.
    -- Alex Prager

    #Moving #Artist #Thinking