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Quotations dealing with Art and Artists, the artistic life, and what artists have to say about their craft.

Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties.
-- Emil Nolde

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose -- a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
-- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

I hate flowers -- I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.
-- Georgia O'Keeffe

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
-- Kahlil Gibran

What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
-- Crowfoot

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.
--Pablo Picasso

My work is a game, a very serious game.
-- M. C. Escher

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science.
-- Albert Einstein

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
-- Anais Nin

Don't dream a dream, live a dream and let reality sleep.
-- Eyvo Johnson

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
-- Mark Twain

Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself.
-- Jane Wagner

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
-- Ansel Adams

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are so many selves in everybody and to exploit just one is wrong, dead wrong, for the creative person.
-- James Dickey

Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed.
-- Leo Rosten

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
-- Emile Zola

Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
-- Samuel Butler

No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.
-- Walter Bagehot

Life is not an exact science. It is an art.
-- Samuel Butler

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
-- Confucius

I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.
-- Robert Henri

There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.
-- Georges Braque

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.
-- Rene-Francois-Ghislain Magritte

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
-- Pablo Picasso

The artist needs no religion beyond his work.
-- Elbert Hubbard

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