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Best Art Quotes and Sayings

The best art quotes and sayings have inspired many to discover themselves and pursue their true calling. You don’t have to be an artist to understand the value and beauty of a piece of art.

Art can touch the soul of even the most untrained eye. It can take you into a new world you may never want to leave again.

Here are some of the best inspiring quotes on art that can give a new direction to your thoughts. You can never know what they can inspire you to do or become. Check these quotations out; you may even share them with your friends and loved ones.

Quotes about Art

1.) Art, indeed, began with abstraction.
Sigfried Giedion

2.) The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
William Faulkner

3.) The greatest scientists are artists as well.
Albert Einstein

4.) Art must destroy violence; only it can do it.
Leo Tolstoy

5.) It is not the office of art to spotlight alternatives but to resist by its form alone the course of the world, which permanently puts a pistol to men’s heads.
Theodor W. Adorno

6.) The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent. The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artists.
Robert Brault

7.) Art holds fast when all else is lost.
German Proverb

8.) Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher

9.) To be an artist is to believe in life.
Henry Moore

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

Best art quotes and sayings.

The Arts Sayings

11.) Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.
Stella Adler

12.) All art requires courage.
Anne Tucker

13.) Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Twyla Tharp

14.) Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does, the better.
Andre Gide

15.) It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of its maker and beholder meet.
Kojiro Tomita

16.) Art is a microscope which the artist fixes on the secrets of his soul and shows to people these secrets which are common to all.
Leo Tolstoy

17.) 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

18.) Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.
Chinua Achebe

19.) To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
E.M. Forster

20.) It is no wonder if Art frequently prefers Illusion to Truth: for Illusion is her servant, but Truth her mistress.
Richard Garnett

21.) Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.
Theodore Dreiser

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Famous Artists Quotes

22.) Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Pablo Picasso

23.) I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
Henri Matisse

24.) Everything you can imagine is real.
Pablo Picasso

25.) To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts — such is the duty of the artist.
Schumann

26.) Painting is silent poetry.
Plutarch

27.) If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.
Edward Hopper

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

29.) Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is a painting that is felt rather than seen.
Leonardo da Vinci

30.) The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.
Joan Miro

31.) I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
Vincent van Gogh

32.) Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Pablo Picasso

33.) The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.
Auguste Rodin

34.) I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
Roy Lichtenstein

35.) Art is not what you see but what you make others see.
Edgar Degas

36.) Great art picks up where nature ends.
Marc Chagall

Artists Sayings

37.) If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then, by all means, paint, boy, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent van Gogh

38.) The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.
Piet Mondrian

39.) It took me four years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child.
Pablo Picasso

40.) An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye.
Michelangelo

Art Quotes.

Creative Quotations

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

42.) Creativity takes courage.
Henri Matisse

43.) You can’t use up creativity; the more you use, the more you have.
Maya Angelou

44.) Design is so simple. That’s why it’s complicated.
Paul Rand

45.) Color is to the eye what music is to the ear.
Louis Comfort Tiffany

46.) Think eight hours, work two hours.
Mirko Ilic

47.) I paint flowers so they will not die.
Frida Kahlo

48.) There are three responses to a piece of design: yes, no, and wow.
Milton Glaser

49.) Painting is easy when you don’t know how but very difficult when you do.
Edgar Degas

50.) Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.
Joe Sparano

51.) But, if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself.
Carl Jung

52.) The Achilles heel of an artist lies in the hope that his art is good.
Kapil Gupta

53.) 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

Best Art Quotes

54.) Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher

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

56.) Perfection in art, as often in life, is better captured by an eraser than a pencil.
Robert Brault

57.) Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.
Pablo Picasso

58.) The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.
Hendrik Willem Van Loon

59.) Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
George Bernard Shaw

60.) With art, only talent counts.
Arthur Schopenhauer

61.) Painting is a poem without words.
Horace

62.) Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
Gustave Flaubert

63.) Rules and models destroy genius and art.
William Hazlitt

64.) Art does not reproduce what is visible, it makes things visible.
Paul Klee

65.) I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
Albert Einstein

66.) Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Thomas Merton

67.) Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
John Ruskin

68.) Art is not a thing; it is a way.
Elbert Hubbard

69.) Art is not a handicraft; it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
Leo Tolstoy

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Inspirational Art Quotes

70.) There is no must in art because art is free.
Wassily Kandinsky

71.) Colour is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment.
Claude Monet

72.) The principle of true art is not to portray but to evoke.
Jerzy Kosinski

73.) In the mind of every artist, there is a masterpiece.
Kai Greene

74.) I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.
Frida Kahlo

75.) A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others.
Salvador Dali

76.) Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.
Oscar Wilde

77.) 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

Motivational Art Quotes and Sayings

78.) 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

79.) Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

80.) 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

81.) The object of art is not to reproduce reality but to create a reality of the same intensity.
Alberto Giacometti

82.) Every good artist paints what he is.
Jackson Pollock

83.) Painting is a source of endless pleasure but also of great anguish.
Balthus

84.) An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
James McNeill Whistler

Creativity and Beauty Art Quotes

85.) Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of art.
Oscar Wilde

86.) To draw, you must close your eyes and sing
Pablo Picasso

87.) I choose to paint beauty.
Igor Babailov

88.) 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 an awareness of perfection.
Agnes Martin

89.) Art is both the taking and giving of beauty; the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the world;
Ansel Adams

90.) Beauty will save the world.
Dostoevsky

91.) As an artist, I’d choose the thing that’s beautiful more than the one that’s true.
Laurie Anderson

92.) But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.
Frank Lloyd Wright

93.) A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
John Keats

94.) Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt of God.
Jean Anouilh

95.) How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken.
Tennessee Williams

96.) Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
Marcus Aurelius

97.) Creativity exists in the present moment. You can’t find it anywhere else.
Natalie Goldberg

98.) The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
Sir Francis Bacon

The Beauty of Art Quotes

99.) He who works with his hands and his head, and his heart is an artist.
St Francis of Assisi

100.) The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
Sir Francis Bacon

101.) One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

102.) There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Pablo Picasso

103.) Every good painter paints what he is.
Jackson Pollock

104.) Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.
Salvador Dali

105.) The practice of art isn’t to make a living. It’s to make your soul grow.
Kurt Vonnegut

106.) We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents. 
Bob Ross

107.) Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Albert Einstein

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

By Michael O’Halloran

About Michael O'Halloran

Michael O’Halloran founded Greeting Card Poet in 2014 and has worked as its publisher and editor ever since. He has co-authored four books on kids’ trivia and authored four books on coaching. Previously, Michael was the president of Magnetic Poetry. He has invented and brought over 75 new gift and toy products to market, most dealing with wordplay. Mike is married and a father of four daughters.

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