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300+ Quotes about Art for Inspiration

Ship with Butterfly Sails by Salvador Dali (1937)

“A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art does not.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“A painting is a poem without words.” – Horace

“A painting is complete when it has a rhythm of its own.” – Vincent van Gogh

“A painting is not a picture of a thing, but the thing itself.” – Samuel Beckett

“A painting is not a picture of an experience, it is an experience.” – Mark Rothko

“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy.” – Henri Matisse

“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” – Salvador Dali

“A true masterpiece does not tell everything.” – Albert Camus

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” –  Paul Cezanne

Dutch Girl in White
Robert Henri (1907)

“All that you need in the way of technique for drawing is bound up in the technique of seeing – that is, of understanding, which after all is mainly dependent on feeling.” – Robert Henri

“All these months I’ve been trying to find find a pattern. Trying not so much to draw hands as gestures. Not so much faces as the expressions of people.” –  Vincent van Gogh

“An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye.” – Michelangelo

“An empty canvas is full.” – Robert Rauschenberg

“Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.” –  Anais Nin

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

“Art is a harmony parallel with nature.” – Paul Cézanne

“Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has worked through, and other men are infected by these feelings and also experience them.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Art is a journey into the most unknown thing of all – oneself. Nobody knows his own frontiers or his own face.” – Federico Fellini

“Art is a journey into the most unknown thing of all – oneself.” – Lilian Gish

“Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.” – Pablo Picasso

Hygieia by Gustav Klimt (1907)

“Art is a line around your thoughts.” – Gustav Klimt

“Art is a means of expressing the invisible, of giving existence to the unrealizable, of creating new worlds.” – Wassily Kandinsky

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

“Art is a way of discovering the world and a way of discovering oneself.” – Andrei Tarkovsky

“Art is a way of recognizing oneself.” – Louise Bourgeois

“Art is longing. You never arrive, but you keep going in the hope that you will.” –  Anselm Kiefer

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” –  Leonardo da Vinci

“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” – Bertolt Brecht

“Art is not a thing; it is a way.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Art is not what you create, it’s what you leave behind.” – William Kentridge

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

Gelbe Kuh (Yellow Cow) by Franz Marc (1911)

“Art is the bridge between inner and outer worlds.” – Franz Marc

“Art is the daughter of freedom.” – Friedrich Schiller

“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 is the elimination of the unnecessary.” – Pablo Picasso

“Art is the expression of the artist’s innermost thoughts and feelings.” – Edward Hopper

“Art is the expression of the profoundest thoughts in the simplest way.” – Albert Einstein

“Art is the highest form of hope.” – Gerhard Richter

“Art is the highest form of human expression, capable of expressing the full range of human emotion.” – Hans Hofmann

“Art is the journey of a free soul.” – Alev Oguz

“Art is the language of the imagination.” – David Hockney

“Art is the language of the soul.” – Alexander Theroux

“Art is the language of the soul.” – Marcel Proust

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” – Pablo Picasso

“Art is the lie that reveals the truth.” – Jean Cocteau

“Art is the lie through which we tell the truth.” – Albert Camus

“Art is the means by which we communicate what it feels like to be alive.” – Antony Gormley

“Art is the mirror of our betrayed ideals.” – Lewis Mumford

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” – Oscar Wilde

“Art is the objectification of feeling.” – Susanne Langer

“Art is the only thing that can go into the future and bring something back.” – John Gielgud

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” – Twyla Tharp

“Art is the proper task of life.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Art is the reflection of human emotion.” – Joni Mitchell

“Art is the signature of civilizations.” – Beverly Sills

“Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.” – Theodore Dreiser

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.” – John Lubbock

“Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.” –  Al Hirschfeld

“As I work at my drawings, day after day, what seemed unattainable before is now gradually becoming possible. Slowly, I’m learning to observe and measure. I don’t stand quite so helpless before nature any longer.”-  Vincent van Gogh

“Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” – Claude Monet

“Creating art is a way of expressing the unexplainable.” – Unknown

“Creating art is not about following a recipe, it’s about inventing your own recipe.” – Ariana Franklin

“Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.” – Twyla Tharp

“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.” – Dorothy Parker

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

“Creativity is just connecting things.” – Steve Jobs

“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.” – Albert Einstein

“Creativity is taking the best skills and techniques from experts around you and improving upon them.” – Unknown

“Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.” – Eric Hoffer

“Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.” – Osho

“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” – William Plomer

“Creativity is the spark that ignites the fire of innovation.” – Richard Branson

The Cat With Red Fish by Henri Matisse

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse

“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” – Robert L. Peters

“Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxury, the practical with the desirable.” – Donna Karan

“Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.” – Charles Eames

“Design is a solution to a problem. Art is a question to a problem.” – John Maeda

“Design is a way of life, a point of view. It involves the whole complex of visual communications: talent, creative ability, manual skill, and technical knowledge.” – Paul Rand

“Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.” – Tate Linden

“Design is intelligence made visible.” – Alina Wheeler

“Design is not a single object or dimension. Design is messy and complex.” – Natasha Jen

“Design is not a style, it’s an attitude.” – Massimo Vignelli

“Design is not about what you see, it’s about what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

“Design is not decoration. It’s communication.” – Paula Scher

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs

“Design is not just what you see and feel. It’s also what you don’t see and feel.” – Robynne Raye

“Design is the art of planning for the future, and of giving it a shape.” – George Nelson

“Design is the intermediary between information and understanding.” – Richard Grefé

“Design is the silent ambassador of your brand.” – Paul Rand

“Design is thinking made visual.” – Saul Bass

“Design is where science and art break even.” – Robin Mathew

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury

“Don’t paint the object, paint its effect.” – Unknown

“Drawing at its best is not what your eyes see but what our mind understands.” –  Millard Sheets

“Drawing is a form of probing. And the first generic impulse to draw derives from the human need to search, to plot points, to place things and to place oneself.” – John Berger

“Drawing is a kind of hypnotism: one looks in such a way at the model, that he comes and takes a seat on the paper.” – Egon Schiele

“Drawing is a natural form of expression that is often overlooked in art education.” – John H. Vanderpoel

“Drawing is a way of coming upon the connection between things, just like metaphor in poetry reconnects what has become separated.” – John Berger

“Drawing is an experience, a way of seeing, and above all a way of being in the world.” – Frederick Franck

“Drawing is giving a performance; an artist is an actor who is not limited by the body, only by his ability and, perhaps, experience.” – Marc Davis

“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.” – Henri Matisse

“Drawing is not just a way to create art, it’s a way to observe and understand the world.” – James Gurney

Edgar Degas Study for the Self Portrait, 1855

“Drawing is not the same as form; it is a way of seeing form.” – Edgar Degas

“Drawing is not what one sees, but what one can make others see.” – Edgar Degas

“Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.” – Keith Haring

“Drawing is the art of being able to leave an accurate record of the experience of what one isn’t, of what one doesn’t know.” – Julian Bell

“Drawing is the artist’s most direct and spontaneous expression. A species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.” – Edgar Degas

“Drawing is the bones of art. Without it, a painting will collapse.” – Michael Fassbender

“Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly discover the world.” – Frederick Franck

“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.” – Salvador Dali

“Drawing is the most fundamental of all visual arts. A good painting, no matter how abstract, must have a convincing drawing at its foundation.” – Brian Bomeisler

“Drawing is the only thing I’ve found in which I can lose myself completely. I love it. It started as something that relaxed me, but now it’s a struggle because I’m pushing myself.” – Adele

“Drawing is the root of everything, and the time spent on that is actually all profit.” – Vincent van Gogh

“Drawing is vision on paper.” – Andrew Loomis

“Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache.” – David Hockney

“Drawing things makes them seem more real and makes me feel more alive. It also makes me pin down and remember things landscapes, season, weather, occasions, incidents, people that would otherwise have melted from my memory.” – David Gentleman

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Every child has the spirit of creation. The rubbish of life often exterminates the spirit through plague and a soul’s own wretchedness.” – Peter Paul Rubens

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

“For me drawing is an attempt to understand what I feel about the world I live in.” – Brian Froud

“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” – Joe Sparano

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” – Saint Francis of Assisi

“How you draw is a reflection of how you feel about the world. You’re not capturing it, you’re interpreting it.” – Juliette Aristides

“I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free. – Georgia O’Keeffe

“I just wanted to paint and sketch and tell stories by drawing.” – Robert Redford

“I paint flowers so they will not die.” – Frida Kahlo

“I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. Anybody can do what I do.” – Bob Ross

Over the Town by Marc Chagall

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” –  Marc Chagall

“If I knew what the picture was going to be like, I wouldn’t make it.” – Unknown

“If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery. It wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” –  Michelangelo

“If you as a designer don’t believe in your design and don’t see it beyond the context of the film, instead of as a real creature in a real world then how can you expect the audience to believe it?” -Peter Jackson

“If you hear a voice within you saying, ”You are not a painter,” then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get the work done. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you’re not going to make an awful lot of work.” –  Chuck Close

“It is not enough to know your craft, you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.” – Edouard Manet

“It is only when we are no longer fearful that we begin to create.” –  J. M. W. Turner

“It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.” – Albert Einstein

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”-  Pablo Picasso

“Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see – to see correctly – and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye.” – Kimon Nicolaides

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” – Stella Adler

“Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.” – Neil Galman

“Life is too short to paint something you don’t have feeling for.” – Unknown

“More important than a work of art itself is what it will sow. Art can die, a painting can disappear. What counts is the seed.” – Joan Miro

“My idea of heaven is to wake up, have a good breakfast, and spend the rest of the day drawing.” – Peter Falk

“Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art.” – Susan Sontag

“One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil.” – Balthus

Mont Saint Victoire by Paul-Cezanne

“Painting from nature is not copying the object, it’s realizing one’s sensations.” – Paul Cezanne

“Painting is a means of expressing the invisible, of giving existence to the unrealizable, of creating new worlds.” – Wassily Kandinsky

“Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings.” – George Tooker

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” – Edgar Degas

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” – Pablo Picasso

“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.” – Jackson Pollock

“Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.” – Rembrandt

“Painting is the most beautiful of all arts.” – John Constable

“Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience.” – Chuck Close

“Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible.” – Balthus

“Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight.” – Orhan Pamuk

“Passions are not found, they are developed.” – Unknown

“Practice what you know and it will help you to make clear what you do not know.” – Rembrandt

“Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter’s identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing.” – Fernando Botero

“Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.” –  Anais Nin

“Stay firmly in your path and dare. Be wild two hours a day!” – Paul Gauguin

“Success is a worn down pencil.” –  Robert Rauschenberg

“The Achilles heel of an artist lies in the hope that his art is good.” –  Kapil Gupta

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance” –  Aristotle

“The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist.” – Eric Gill

“The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky

“The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“The beauty of drawing is that you need very little to do it: just a pencil, a sheet of paper and your imagination.” – Alphonso Dunn

“The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense.” – Pablo Picasso

“The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need. The world never needed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not do without it.” – Louis I. Kahn

“The creative adult is the child who survived.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“The details are not the details. They make the design.” – Charles Eames

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The great artists of the past were aware that human life is full of chaos and suffering. But they had a remedy for this. And the name of that remedy was ‘beauty’. The beautiful work of art brings consolation in sorrow and affirmation in joy. It shows human life to be worthwhile.” – Roger Scruton

“The greatest respect an artist can pay to music is to give it life through the process of creation.” – Igor Stravinsky

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” – Francis Bacon

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.” – Albert Einstein

“The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” – Jerzy Kosinski

Temple Gardens by Paul Klee

“The purpose of art is to make the invisible visible.” – Paul Klee

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” – Michelangelo

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” – Neil Galman

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” – Pablo Picasso

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” – Brene Brown

“There is no must in art because art is free.” –  Wassily Kandinsky

“To be an artist is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore

“To be creative means to be in love with life.” – Osho

“To create art means to be inspired, to be spontaneous, to be free.” – Pablo Picasso

“To my mind a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful and pretty. There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is, without creating still more of them.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

“To paint is a possessing rather than a picturing.” – Philip Guston

“What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.” – Claude Monet

“When I paint, I never think of selling. People fail to understand that we paint in order to experiment and to develop ourselves as we strive for greater heights.” –  Edvard Munch

The Dance of Life by Edvard Munch

“Whoever wants to know something about me, they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognize what I am and what I want.” –  Gustav Klimt

“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.” – Joan Miro

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

“You have a million excuses. Write anyway.” –  Carrie Kei Heim

“A good artist has less time than ideas.” – Martin Kippenberger

“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” – Michelangelo

“A work of art which isn’t based on feeling isn’t art at all.” – Paul Cézanne

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” – Charles Horton Cooley

“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” – James McNeill Whistler

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” – Andre Gide

“Art is the stored honey of the human soul.” – Theodore Dreiser

“Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.” – Marc Chagall

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

“Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” – Claude Monet

“Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet.” – Paul Klee

“Creative work is a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” – Steven Pressfield

“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.” – Donatella Versace

“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.” – Cecil B. DeMille

“Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.” – Earl Nightingale

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” – Steve Jobs

“Creativity is magic. Don’t examine it too closely.” – Edward Albee

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” – Charles Mingus

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” – Bill Moyers

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse

“Don’t be an art critic, but paint, there lies salvation.” – Paul Cézanne

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

“Every good painter paints what he is.” – Jackson Pollock

Untitled Work by Jackson Pollock

“Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity.” – Maya Angelou

“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Andy Warhol

“Great art picks up where nature ends.” – Marc Chagall

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali

“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” – Vincent van Gogh

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

“I hold that the perfection of form and beauty is contained in the sum of all men.” – Albrecht Dürer

“I invent nothing, I rediscover.” – Auguste Rodin

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo

“I paint for myself. I don’t know how to do anything else, anyway. Also, I have to earn my living, and occupy myself.” – Francis Bacon

“I think of art as the highest level of creativity. To me, it is one of the greatest sources of enjoyment.” – David Rockefeller

“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say, ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” – Vincent van Gogh

“If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.” – Albrecht Dürer

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall

“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” – Émile Zola

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Breakfast in Bed by Mary Cassatt

“In art, what we want is the certainty that one spark of original genius shall not be extinguished.” – Mary Cassatt

“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” – Pablo Picasso

“It is important to express oneself…provided the feelings are real and are taken from you own experience.” – Berthe Morisot

“It is wise to learn; it is God-like to create.” – John Saxe

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” – Pablo Picasso

“Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.” – Pablo Picasso

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” – Stella Adler

“Life is art. Art is life. I never separate it.” – Ai Weiwei

“Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye, it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.” – Edvard Munch

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” – Oscar Wilde

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” –Leonardo da Vinci

“Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.” – Voltaire

“Painting is a means of self-enlightenment.” – John Olsen

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” – Edgar Degas

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” – Pablo Picasso

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” – Yo-Yo Ma

“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” – Paul Strand

“The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense.” – Pablo Picasso

Untitled by Francis Bacon

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” – Francis Bacon

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” – Auguste Rodin

“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” – Robert Henri

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live only as you can.” – Neil Gaiman

“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” – Piet Mondrian

“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“There is no must in art because art is free.” – Wassily Kandinsky

“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” – Vincent van Gogh

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” – Salvador Dali

“To be an artist is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore

“To create one’s own world takes courage.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

“To practice any art, no matter how well or how badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. So do it.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” – Bob Ross

“What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” – Eugene Delacroix

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

“You can’t use up creativity. The more the you use, the more you have.” –Maya Angelou

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?” – George Bernard Shaw

While drawing I discover what I really want to say. ” – Dario Fo

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