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Victor HugoHow beauty varies in nature and art! In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

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Jean-Luc GodardMy aesthetic is that of the sniper on the roof.

—  Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-, French film director

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Jean AnouilhThe object of art is to give life shape.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

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Arthur ClarkeFew artists thrive in solitude and nothing is more stimulating than the conflict of minds with similar interests.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

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Remy de GourmontAesthetic emotion puts man in a state favorable to the reception of erotic emotion... Art is the accomplice of love. Take love away and there is no longer art.

—  Remy de Gourmont, 1858-1915, French poet

Pablo PicassoArt is a lie that makes us realize the truth.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

William BlakeArt is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Pablo PicassoAll art is erotic.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoThe purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoGive me a museum and I'll fill it.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoThe world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoBad artists copy. Good artists steal.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoArt is the elimination of the unnecessary.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

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

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoI paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoPainting is just another way of keeping a diary.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoSome painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoYou don't make art, you find it.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Friedrich NietzscheWe have art in order not to die of the truth.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerTreat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

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

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Andy WarholArt is what you can get away with.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Andy WarholMaking money is art. And working is art. And good business is the best art.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Andy WarholYou'd be surprised how many people want to hang an electric chair on their living-room wall. Specially if the background color matches the drapes.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Andy WarholMy idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Oscar WildeLife imitates art far more than art imitates Life.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Oscar WildeNo great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Eugene IonescoIf one does not understand the usefulness of the useless and the uselessness of the useful, one cannot understand art.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Eugene IonescoA work of art really is above all an adventure of the mind.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Somerset MaughamThe artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonArt is a jealous mistress.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonEvery artist was first an amateur.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

William BlakeArt can never exist without Naked Beauty displayed.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

William BlakePoetry, Painting & Music, the three powers in man of conversing with paradise, which the flood did not sweep away.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

William BlakeFirst thought is best in Art, second in other matters.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Fernando PessoaWhat is art but the denial of life?

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Fernando PessoaArt consists in making others feel what we feel.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Fernando PessoaWhy is art beautiful? Because it's useless. Why is life ugly? Because it's all ends and purposes and intentions.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Albert CamusIf the world were clear, art would not exist.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Albert CamusThe artist reconstructs the world to his plan.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Francis BaconThe job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Jean-Luc GodardArt attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.

—  Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-, French film director

Jean CocteauAn artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Jean CocteauWhen a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Jean CocteauArt is science made clear.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Jean CocteauOne must be a living man and a posthumous artist.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Jean CocteauArt produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Charles BaudelaireThe study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries out in terror before being defeated.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Charles BaudelaireThe more a man cultivates the arts the less he fornicates.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Paul ValeryA work of art is never finished; it is only abandoned.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Paul ValeryDegas is one of the very few painters who have given the floor its true importance.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Jean CocteauWhat the public like best is fruit that is overripe.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

George SantayanaArt like life should be free, since both are experimental.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Elbert HubbardArt is not a thing; it is a way.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Karl KrausScience is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausOnly he is an artist who can make a riddle out of a solution.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausArt is something that is so perfectly clear that no one comprehends it.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausArtists have a right to be modest and a duty to be vain.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

T. S. EliotArt is the escape from personality.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Bob MarleyThere comes a time as an artist, can't follow the crowd. You have to do YOU, and make the crowd follow you.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

Anton ChekhovThe role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Anton ChekhovThe person who wants nothing, hopes for nothing, and fears nothing can never be an artist.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Arthur ClarkeThe moment when one first meets a great work of art has an impact that can never again be recaptured.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Marcel ProustA work in which there are theories is like an object which still has the ticket that shows its price.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Pablo PicassoPainting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoArt is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Oscar WildeAll art is immoral.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Pablo PicassoAll children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Pablo PicassoIt took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Wolfgang GoetheOne of the most striking signs of the decay of art is the intermixing of different genres.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher


Latin Quotes

Latin phraseNature [is] the mistress of art.

Natura, artis magistra.

—  Latin phrase


Funny Quotes

Steven WrightI went to a museum where they had all the heads and arms from the statues that are in all the other museums.

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

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Ambrose BiercePainting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer


Stupid Quotes

Adolf HitlerAnyone who sees and paints a sky green and fields blue ought to be sterilized.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator










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