100 Famous Inspirational Art Quotes and Sayings

Famous Inspirational Art Quotes

Are you looking for inspirational art quotes and sayings? Inspirational quotes about art will encourage, inspire and stimulate creativity. So let’s begin the list of famous inspirational quotes for artists.

100 Famous Inspirational Art Quotes and Sayings

  1. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams

  2. To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art – that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts. Charles Baudelaire

  3. Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul. W. Somerset Maugham

  4. Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. Octavia Butler

  5. Layer by layer art strips life bare. Robert Musil

  6. Creative without strategy is called ‘art.’ Creative with strategy is called ‘advertising.’ Jef I. Richards

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

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

  9. Washington, D.C., has everything that Rome, Paris and London have in the way of great architecture – great power bases. Washington has obelisks and pyramids and underground tunnels and great art and a whole shadow world that we really don’t see. Dan Brown

  10. The ability to make somebody feel something: that’s art. However you look at it, whether you’re an author, a painter, a singer, a rapper, a spoken-word artist – art. Wale

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  11. In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport. Julia Child

  12. Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. Dorothea Lange

  13. All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography. Federico Fellini

  14. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu

  15. Every bit of me is devoted to love and art. And I aspire to try to be a teacher to my young fans who feel just like I felt when I was younger. I just felt like a freak. I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m trying to liberate them, I want to free them of their fears and make them feel that they can make their own space in the world. Lady Gaga

  16. It’s high time for the art world to admit that the avant-garde is dead. It was killed by my hero, Andy Warhol, who incorporated into his art all the gaudy commercial imagery of capitalism (like Campbell’s soup cans) that most artists had stubbornly scorned. Camille Paglia

  17. A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art. Benjamin Disraeli

  18. That’s something I learned in art school. I studied graphic design in Germany, and my professor emphasized the responsibility that designers and illustrators have towards the people they create things for. Eric Carle

  19. Science, like art, religion, commerce, warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions. Gregory Bateson

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  20. Architecture is basically the design of interiors, the art of organizing interior space. Philip Johnson

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  21. The art of coalition command – whether it is here in Afghanistan, whether it was in Iraq or in Bosnia or in Haiti – is to take the resources you are provided with, understand what the strengths and weaknesses are and to employ them to the best overall effect. David Petraeus

  22. Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated. Paul Rand

  23. I was born in the ’60s and grew up in the ’70s – not exactly the best decade for food in British history. It was horrendous. It was a time when, as a nation, we excelled in art and music and acting and photography and fashion – all creative skills… all apart from cooking. Heston Blumenthal

  24. Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself say things you didn’t know you knew. It is a learned skill to force yourself to articulate your life, your present world or your possibilities for the future. David Whyte

  25. Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self. Alfred North Whitehead

  26. Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos. Stephen Sondheim

  27. Music happens to be an art form that transcends language. Herbie Hancock

  28. The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. Thomas Berger

  29. Glory is a heavy burden, a murdering poison, and to bear it is an art. And to have that art is rare. Oriana Fallaci

  30. When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection. Agnes Martin

  31. I feel like skateboarding is as much of a sport as a lifestyle, and an art form, so there’s so much that that transcends in terms of music, fashion, and entertainment. Tony Hawk

  32. I think music is the greatest art form that exists, and I think people listen to music for different reasons, and it serves different purposes. Some of it is background music, and some of it is things that might affect a person’s day, if not their life, or change an attitude. The best songs are the ones that make you feel something. Eddie Vedder

  33. Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle

  34. Whenever we witness art in a building, we are aware of an energy contained by it. Arthur Erickson

  35. Professionalism in art has this difficulty: To be professional is to be dependable, to be dependable is to be predictable, and predictability is esthetically boring – an anti-virtue in a field where we hope to be astonished and startled and at some deep level refreshed. John Updike

  36. I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning. Andy Warhol

  37. Filmmaking, like any other art, is a very profound means of human communication; beyond the professional pleasure of succeeding or the pain of failing, you do want your film to be seen, to communicate itself to other people. Kenneth Lonergan

  38. Art is not supposed to change the world, to change practical things, but to change perceptions. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an analogy. JR

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  39. 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

  40. The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing. Eugene Delacroix

  41. Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern. Alfred North Whitehead

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  42. As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction. Stan Getz

  43. Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. Groucho Marx

  44. I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature. Paulo Coelho

  45. A great artist is always before his time or behind it. George Edward Moore

  46. With just one polka dot, nothing can be achieved. In the universe, there is the sun, the moon, the earth, and hundreds of millions of stars. All of us live in the unfathomable mystery and infinitude of the universe. Pursuing ‘philosophy of the universe’ through art under such circumstances has led me to what I call ‘stereotypical repetition.’ Yayoi Kusama

  47. When the bright angel dominates, out comes a great work of art, a Michelangelo David or a Beethoven symphony. Madeleine L’Engle

  48. Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It’s the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, ‘This is me, and I’m interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.’ Ashton Kutcher

  49. I have never denied my background or my culture. I have taught my child to embrace her Mexican heritage, to love my first language, Spanish, to learn about Mexican history, music, folk art, food, and even the Mexican candy I grew up with. Salma Hayek

  50. When hospitality becomes an art it loses its very soul. Max Beerbohm

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  51. Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn. Norman McLaren

  52. Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence. Henri Matisse

  53. ‘Untitled’ is a time machine that can transport you to 1992, an edgy moment when the art world was crumbling, money was scarce, and artists like Tiravanija were in the nascent stages of combining Happenings, performance art, John Cage, Joseph Beuys, and the do-it-yourself ethos of punk. Meanwhile, a new art world was coming into being. Jerry Saltz

  54. Real artists take the misery and sadness of life and translate it into art. Josh Peck

  55. When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences. Ben Harper

  56. In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. Marc Chagall

  57. Jackie Chan is a very good comedy/martial arts star. He does one kind of martial arts that Jet Li doesn’t know how to do and Jet Li does a martial art that Jackie Chan doesn’t know how to do. You can both go to two Chinese restaurants, but both can have different kinds of food. Jet Li

  58. What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue. Henri Matisse

  59. The art world is a very prissy little thing over in the corner, while the major cultural forces are being determined by techno science. Natalie Jeremijenko

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  60. The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. Pablo Picasso

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  61. Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture. Arthur Erickson

  62. Check out London, Manhattan, Aspen and East Hampton real estate prices, as well as high-end art prices, to see what the leading edge of hyperinflation could look like. Paul Singer

  63. For me, there is very little difference between magic and art. To me, the ultimate act of magic is to create something from nothing: It’s like when the stage magician pulls the rabbit from the hat. Alan Moore

  64. 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

  65. Jazz music is America’s past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it. The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come. It can remind us of where we fit on the time line of human achievement, an ultimate value of art. Wynton Marsalis

  66. What ‘War and Peace’ is to the novel and ‘Hamlet’ is to the theater, Swan Lake’ is to ballet – that is, the name which to many people stands for and sums up an art form. Robert Gottlieb

  67. My own interest in art was because of my mother. My father didn’t like contemporary art, so he didn’t give her large sums to spend. So, she began buying prints and drawings. During my school days, I remember sitting in on many of the early meetings. David Rockefeller

  68. Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day. John Wooden

  69. No better way is there to learn to love Nature than to understand Art. It dignifies every flower of the field. And, the boy who sees the thing of beauty which a bird on the wing becomes when transferred to wood or canvas will probably not throw the customary stone. Oscar Wilde

  70. An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have. Andy Warhol

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  71. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. C. S. Lewis

  72. If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle. Albrecht Durer

  73. In our fast-forward culture, we have lost the art of eating well. Food is often little more than fuel to pour down the hatch while doing other stuff – surfing the Web, driving, walking along the street. Dining al desko is now the norm in many workplaces. All of this speed takes a toll. Obesity, eating disorders and poor nutrition are rife. Carl Honore

  74. To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there’s no such thing as perfect. Alexander Calder

  75. We at BMW do not build cars as consumer objects, just to drive from A to B. We build mobile works of art. Chris Bangle

  76. I think that many things that go on in an art school have a tendency to undermine confidence, and that shouldn’t be part of the ballgame, ever. Lewis Black

  77. Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower

  78. The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. Voltaire

  79. The question of truth is forever in the air, and people look for it with particular fervor in art. Duane Michals

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  80. I decided on the spot that I would be an artist, and I assure you, it was no ordinary artist I had in mind. Henry Ossawa Tanner

  81. Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. Frederic Chopin

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  82. An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. James Whistler

  83. My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made. Andy Goldsworthy

  84. It is a law woven into the nature of man, attested by history, by science, by literature and art, and by dally experience, that strength of mind and force of character are the supreme rulers of human affairs. Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II

  85. Let’s face it: professing a deep interest in movies, the absolutely dominant global art form of the last century, is at this point like professing an interest in air. Passion is nice. Erudition is admirable. But it’s like that moment when good manners cross over into meaningless etiquette. David Rakoff

  86. Stand-up comedy is an art form and it dies unless you expand it. Sam Kinison

  87. My body is my art, and it’s also the tool that I use to make money. Sasha Grey

  88. Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world. Edward Hopper

  89. In an artwork you’re always looking for artistic decisions, so an ashtray is perfect. An ashtray has got life and death. Damien Hirst

  90. The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. Anatole France

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  91. A painter, who finds no satisfaction in mere representation, however artistic, in his longing to express his inner life, cannot but envy the ease with which music, the most non-material of the arts today, achieves this end. He naturally seeks to apply the methods of music to his own art. Wassily Kandinsky

  92. I’m a big illustration and comic book fan. In my eyes, comic books and illustration are the same kind of art forms. Mika

  93. Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. Octavia E. Butler

  94. Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us. Martin Luther

  95. In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is – as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art. Josef Albers

  96. Life is the only art that we are required to practice without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures and botches, that are essential for training. Lewis Mumford

  97. We’re a depraved civilization. All this technology, all the computer games and the iPhones… nobody will sit for art anymore. What a dismaying state of humanity. Diane Paulus

  98. Now, there are so many movies, so many festivals, and so many awards going on, each judged with each other, like your work is worse than others and that’s not fair. How can you tell what’s best and what’s worst from these awards? We’re talking about art. Javier Bardem

  99. All I know is movies; I went to school, but movies are my reference point for everything. I figured I’d have to P.A. or intern in the art department. Because the filmmaking process is so many people creating to make one piece of magic, so I’ve always wanted to be involved. With the acting, I doubted it. Jordan Ladd

  100. Everyone in those days expected that art students were wild, licentious characters. We didn’t know how to be, but we sure were anxious to learn.Norman Rockwell

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