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A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. Tha... - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. - Italo Calvino
A great artist is always before his time or behind it. - George Moore
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. - Michelangelo
A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything el... - Edmond de Goncourt
A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the les... - Diane Arbus
A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long t... - Henri Matisse
A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poe... - Henry Moore
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. - Oscar Wilde
A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears. - Gertrude Stein
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestl... - Josh Billings
Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled ... - Al Capp
Acting is a matter of giving away secrets. - Ellen Barkin
Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century. - Marshall McLuhan
All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography. - Federico Fellini
All art is but imitation of nature. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
All autobiography is self-indulgent. - Daphne du Maurier
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Gr... - Albert Camus
All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imit... - Oscar Wilde
Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is nec... - Leonardo da Vinci
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. - Charles Horton Cooley
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world. - George Santayana
An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind th... - Edgard Varese
An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to hav... - Andy Warhol
An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it. - Paul Valery
Andy Warhol made fame more famous. - Fran Lebowitz
Anything simple always interests me. - David Hockney
Are you really sure that a floor can't also be a ceiling? - M. C. Escher
Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome... - Andre Gide
Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture i... - Gilbert K. Chesterton
Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed. - Frank Lloyd Wright
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the ar... - Andre Gide
Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's met... - Marcel Proust
Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcan... - Kahlil Gibran
Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of ph... - Octavio Paz
Art is either plagiarism or revolution. - Paul Gauguin
Art is not a thing; it is a way. - Elbert Hubbard
Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions... - Amy Lowell
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. - Twyla Tharp
Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery... - Theodore Dreiser
Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with t... - Jean Cocteau
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. - Gilbert K. Chesterton
Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us... - Jules Feiffer
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert ... - Cecil Beaton
Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery. - Andy Warhol
Composers shouldn't think too much - it interferes with their plagiari... - Howard Dietz
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which... - Scott Adams
Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it ... - Ted Shawn
Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it ... - Andy Warhol
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of per... - Henri Matisse
Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating... - Salvador Dali
Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, beca... - Andy Warhol
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature... - Henry Ward Beecher
Every artist writes his own autobiography. - Henry Havelock Ellis
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once ... - Pablo Picasso
Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision... - Isaac Bashevis Singer
Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the ph... - Edward Steichen
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artis... - Oscar Wilde
Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and un... - Thomas Paine
Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of a... - Louis Kahn
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent... - Erica Jong
Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. - Andy Warhol
Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and ca... - Charles Baudelaire
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. - William Wordsworth
Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go ... - John Ruskin
For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of Venus, the b... - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
For half a century photography has been the "art form" of the untalent... - Gore Vidal
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. - Pablo Picasso
Giving jazz the Congressional seal of approval is a little like making... - Melvin Maddocks
Great art picks up where nature ends. - Marc Chagall
Great dreams... never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon am... - Erma Bombeck
Have not prisons - which kill all will and force of character in man, ... - Peter Kropotkin
I adore the theater and I am a painter. I think the two are made for a... - Marc Chagall
I always try to balance the light with the heavy - a few tears of huma... - Bette Midler
I am a deeply superficial person. - Andy Warhol
I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does somethi... - Claes Oldenburg
I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need. - Auguste Rodin
I cry out for order and find it only in art. - Helen Hayes
I didn't have any interest in traditional art. - Cindy Sherman
I don't have big anxieties. I wish I did. I'd be much more interesting... - Roy Lichtenstein
I don't invent characters because the Almightly has already invented m... - Isaac Bashevis Singer
I don't need the money, dear. I work for art. - Maria Callas
I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things. - Henri Matisse
I don't want to be interesting. I want to be good. - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
I don't want to see pictures of Hollywood stars in their dressing gown... - Sarah Brightman
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say a... - Georgia O'Keeffe
I have a love-hate relationship with performing. - Sarah Brightman
I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have the... - Henri Matisse
I have been no more than a medium, as it were. - Henri Matisse
I invent nothing, I rediscover. - Auguste Rodin
I just think it's important to be direct and honest with people about ... - Mary Ellen Mark
I like boring things. - Andy Warhol
I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me. - Roy Lichtenstein
I paint with shapes. - Alexander Calder
I'm a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy. - Oscar Levant
I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of it... - Andy Warhol
I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessiv... - Barbra Streisand
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writin... - Anais Nin
If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all mea... - Vincent Van Gogh
If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his ar... - Mickey Spillane
Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal. - Lionel Trilling
Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul. - Henri Matisse
In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have... - Paul Gauguin
In Chicago, we may not think the Picasso presiding over the Richard J.... - Pat Colander
Inside you there's an artist you don't know about. He's not interested... - Auguste Rodin
It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very oft... - Henry Moore
It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should tou... - Henri Matisse
It was in the 1920s, when nobody had time to reflect, that I saw a sti... - Georgia O'Keeffe
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have... - Stella Adler
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if ... - Gilbert K. Chesterton
May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine. - Frank Sinatra
Mine was the role of the oilcan in making the machinery clunk around. - Hugh Casson
Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and per... - John Ciardi
My mother said to me, "If you are a soldier, you will become a general... - Pablo Picasso
My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photog... - Richard Avedon
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he wou... - Oscar Wilde
Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. - Ansel Adams
Of all lies, art is the least untrue. - Gustave Flaubert
One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful ... - Charles Horton Cooley
Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think... - M. C. Escher
Our natures are a lot like oil, mix us with anything else, and we stri... - Joan Rivers
Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality. - Salvador Dali
Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you ... - Edgar Degas
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. - Pablo Picasso
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. - Plutarch
Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, an... - Ambrose Bierce
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. - Ambrose Bierce
Photography is a major force in explaining man to man. - Edward Steichen
Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, t... - Edward Steichen
Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them. - William Wordsworth
Pictures must not be too picturesque. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objectiv... - Salvador Dali
Rice Krispies happens to be one of my favorite junk foods, just as I r... - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
Rules and models destroy genius and art. - William Hazlitt
So-called art restoration is at least as tricky as brain surgery. Most... - Alexander Eliot
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a... - Pablo Picasso
Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you'll find the real tins... - Oscar Levant
Sun-bleached bones were most wonderful against the blue - that blue th... - Georgia O'Keeffe
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, b... - Aristotle
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artific... - William Faulkner
The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist. - Novalis
The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over th... - Pablo Picasso
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing withou... - Emile Zola
The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the o... - Henry Mille
The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that... - Cyril Connolly
The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing... - Eugene Delacroix
The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from wh... - Paul Strand
The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our worl... - Hendrik Willem Van Loon
The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body beca... - Kenneth Tynan
The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give... - Henri Cartier-Bresson
The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness. - Max Eastman
The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense ... - Marc Chagall
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure. - Dale Carnegie
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. - Friedrich Nietzsche
The fact that writers will go through so much to remain writers says s... - Maria Lenhart
The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss ... - Paul Gauguin
The irrepressible spirit that made his playing seem like good conversa... - Donal Henahan
The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist... - David Hockney
The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract. - Ellen Key
The most profound things are inexpressible. - Jenny Holzer
The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to it... - Ansel Adams
The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise... - Frank Lloyd Wright
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. - Pablo Picasso
The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf ... - John Updike
The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts... - Elbert Hubbard
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. - Michelangelo
The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no ... - Carl Rogers
The way is long if one follows precepts, but short... if one follows p... - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everyt... - Leon Trotsky
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photograp... - Ansel Adams
There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of ... - Salvador Dali
There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generati... - Paul Gauguin
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept. - Ansel Adams
This is the river of the great 19th-century landscapists; of Cole, Cro... - Judith Thurman
Thurber did not write the way a surgeon operates, he wrote the way a c... - E. B. White
Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values ... - Henri Matisse
To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can o... - Edward M. Forster
To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a... - Henri Cartier-Bresson
To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of ... - Robert Schumann
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle. - Michelangelo
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative arti... - Albert Einstein
Twentieth-century art may start with nothing, but it flourishes by vir... - T. S. Eliot
Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both un... - Fran Lebowitz
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. - Jonathan Swift
We adore chaos because we love to produce order. - M. C. Escher
We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize ... - Pablo Picasso
We breathe, we think, we conceive of our lives as narratives. - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. - John Updike
What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art. - Augustus Saint-Gaudens
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of... - Henri Matisse
What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which... - W. H. Auden
What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shi... - Willa Cather
When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it - ... - Marc Chagall
When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made obj... - Paul Cezanne
When I was a little kid, I took tap and ballet. I've always loved to d... - Tommy Lee
When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is ... - Edward Steichen
When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and t... - Arthur Fellig
While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... tru... - Odilon Redon
Why not say it? I'm bursting out of my cocoon. It was all too nice in ... - Benita Valente
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. - George Bernard Shaw
Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes o... - Albert Camus
Words are often seen hunting for an idea, but ideas are never seen hun... - Josh Billings
Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material univ... - Edward M. Forster
Writing is like walking in a deserted street. Out of the dust in the s... - John LeCarre
Writing is manual labor of the mind: a job, like laying pipe. - John Gregory Dunne
You can't start at the top. - Elmer G. Letterman
You do have to be fairly selfish when you have a gift. You cannot affo... - Sarah Brightman
You don't take a photograph, you make it. - Ansel Adams
You know... that a blank wall is an apalling thing to look at. The wal... - Edward Steichen
You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be... - Henri Matisse
You've gotta be original, because if you're like someone else, what do... - Bernadette Peters