129 Total Quotes

Arts And Artists Quotes

Oscar Wilde
Bad artists always admire each other's work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions other than those he has selected.
Oscar Wilde
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit in every work of art.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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William Burroughs
Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.
William Burroughs
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In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble. All the Impressionists start to tremble.
Paul Gauguin
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There is the falsely mystical view of art that assumes a kind of supernatural inspiration, a possession by universal forces unrelated to questions of power and privilege or the artist's relation to bread and blood. In this view, the channel of art can only become clogged and misdirected by the artist's concern with merely temporary and local disturbances. The song is higher than the struggle.
Adrienne Rich
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If the Revolution has the right to destroy bridges and art monuments whenever necessary, it will stop still less from laying its hand on any tendency in art which, no matter how great its achievement in form, threatens to disintegrate the revolutionary environment or to arouse the internal forces of the Revolution, that is, the proletariat, the peasantry and the intelligentsia, to a hostile opposition to one another. Our standard is, clearly, political, imperative and intolerant.
Leon Trotsky
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An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.
Willem Kooning
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Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
Alfred Whitehead
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The work of art, just like any fragment of human life considered in its deepest meaning, seems to me devoid of value if it does not offer the hardness, the rigidity, the regularity, the luster on every interior and exterior facet, of the crystal.
Andre Breton
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Fine art, that exists for itself alone, is art in a final state of impotence. If nobody, including the artist, acknowledges art as a means of knowing the world, then art is relegated to a kind of rumpus room of the mind and the irresponsibility of the artist and the irrelevance of art to actual living becomes part and parcel of the practice of art.
Angela Carter
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Art is good when it springs from necessity. This kind of origin is the guarantee of its value; there is no other.
Angela Carter
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Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us.
Angela Carter
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To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.
Anthony Burgess
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Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs.
Cyril Connolly
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There is no true expertise in the humanities without knowing all of the humanities. Art is a vast, ancient interconnected web-work, a fabricated tradition. Over-concentration on any one point is a distortion.
Camille Paglia
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To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.
George Nathan
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It is either easy or impossible.
Salvador Dalí
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Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?
Nadine Gordimer
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Is there not an art, a music, and a stream of words that shalt be life, the acknowledged voice of life?
George Woodberry
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John F. Kennedy
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
John F. Kennedy
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Marcel Proust
Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. An artist recreates those aspects of reality which represent his fundamental view of man's nature.
Marcel Proust
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Whatever an artist's personal feelings are, as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical. He acts from or upon other artists.
Willem Kooning
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The perfection of art is to conceal art.
Edgar Quinet
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As a general truth, it is safe to say that any picture that produces a moral impression is a bad picture.
Jules Goncourt
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A painting in a museum probably hears more foolish remarks than anything else in the world.
Jules Goncourt
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Those who write for lucre or fame are grosser than the cartel robbers, for they steal the genius of the people, which is its will to resist evil.
Edward Dahlberg
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sculpture and painting have the effect of teaching us manners and abolishing hurry.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.
Emily Bronte,
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The art of creation is older than the art of killing.
Edward Koch
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