Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wallPhoto Credit: Alina Grubnyak

Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship.

--Leonardo da Vinci

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Art is coming face to face with yourself.

--Jackson Pollock

Art is a line around your thoughts.

--Gustav Klimt

To be an artist is to believe in life.

--Henry Moore

Intensity is all that matters in painting.

--John Piper

A true masterpiece does not tell everything.

--Albert Camus

Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Art is a way of recognizing oneself.

--Louise Bourgeois

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.

--Albert Einstein

I am not strange. I am just not normal.

--Salvador Dali

I guess I'm a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That's okay though; I have more fun than most people.

--Bob Ross

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

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.

--Vincent van Gogh

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.

--Leonardo da Vinci

A work is finished when an artist realizes his intentions.


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

The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.

--Steven Pressfield

To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.

--Louise Bourgeois

I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.

--Georgia O'Keeffe

You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.

--Salvador Dali

Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.

--Albert Einstein

An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success.

--Henri Matisse

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

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.

--Oscar Wilde

In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece.

--Kai Greene

Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art.

--Susan Sontag

The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.

--Frida Kahlo

Longer Version:

The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.

I had so much fire in me and so many plans.

--Claude Monet

The great artist is the simplifier.

--Vincent van Gogh

No art is possible without a dance with death.

--Kurt Vonnegut

It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.

--Vincent van Gogh

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.

--Friedrich Nietzsche

A very subtle difference can make the picture or not.

--Annie Leibovitz

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

--Vincent van Gogh

Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies.

--Erich Fromm

There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.

--Charles Dickens

The secret of art is love.

--Antoine Bourdelle

Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity.

--Yoko Ono

Longer Version:

Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity. “.

A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.

--Vladimir Nabokov

Longer Version:

A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual, and only the individual reader is important to me. I don't give a damn for the group, the community, the masses, and so forth.

I wanted to start a revolution, using art to build the sort of society I myself envisioned.

--Yayoi Kusama

Forget yourself. Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment.

--Yayoi Kusama

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.

--Vincent van Gogh

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.

--Victor Pinchuk

The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.

--Willem de Kooning

Color is a power which directly influences the soul.

--Wassily Kandinsky

There is no must in art because art is free.

--Wassily Kandinsky

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.

--Walt Whitman

Art is born of humiliation.

--W. H Auden

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

--Twyla Tharp

Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.

--Thomas Wolfe

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

--Thomas Merton

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

--Stella Adler

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

--Scott Adams

Longer Version:

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ".

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.

--Salvador Dali

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

--Salvador Dali

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.

--Salvador Dali

Every artist was first an amateur.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

--Oscar Wilde

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

--Oscar Wilde

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see.

--Philip Guston

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.


The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.

--Paul Cezanne

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.

--Paul Cezanne

One eye sees, the other feels.

--Paul Klee

I shut my eyes in order to see.

--Paul Gauguin

Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.

--Pablo Picasso

Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.

--Pablo Picasso

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

--Pablo Picasso

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

--Pablo Picasso

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

--Pablo Picasso

To draw you must close your eyes and sing.

--Pablo Picasso

With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance.

--Norman Mailer

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.

--Marianne Moore

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

--Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.

--Martin Luther

The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind.

--Marina Abramovic

Painting is a language of its own. You cannot interpret one form of expression with another form of expression.

--Marcel Duchamp

I have been enlightened. I have fallen into poetry and it has swallowed me up.

--Keith Haring

Tell your own story, and you will be interesting.

--Louise Bourgeois

The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.

--Lord Byron

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

--Lin Yutang

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

--Leonardo da Vinci

The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.

--Jerzy Kosinski

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.

--James Whistler

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.

--John Berger

The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.

--Joan Miro

Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence.

--Jeanette Winterson

The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.

--Julia Cameron

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

Personality is everything in art and poetry.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.

--Jackson Pollock

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.

--Jackson Pollock
Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

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