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Quotations dealing with Words, Poetry and Painting, quotes of the physical results of artistic expression.

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.
-- Alice Walker

Writers need to write. When you aren't writing, you aren't certain you exist.
-- Sophy Burnham

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

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
-- Gloria Steinem

When you have nothing to say, you write anyway, if only to keep in practice.
-- Sophy Burnham

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
-- Aldous Huxley

Writing energy is like anything else: The more you put in, the more you get out.
-- Richard Reeves

Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you.
-- Winnie the Pooh (A. A. Milne)

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
-- Danny Kaye

The primary purpose of imagery is not to entertain but to awaken in the reader his or her own sense of wonder.
-- Tom Robbins

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
-- Mark Twain

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
-- John M. Keynes

All good things are wild, and free.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Music... can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
-- Leonard Bernstein

Nothing is more useful than silence.
-- Menander

There is no perfect time to write. There's only now.
-- Barbara Kingsolver

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

But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling, like dew, upon a thought produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.
-- Lord Byron

It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
-- Macbeth, Act V, Sc 5.

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
-- Rudyard Kipling

Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance.
-- M.C. Richards

I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment.
-- Marc Chagall

You've got to find some way of saying it without saying it.
-- Duke Ellington

Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of all communication.
-- Claus Oldenburg

True creativity often starts where language ends.
-- Arthur Koestler

The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.
-- Hazzrat Inayat Khan

Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings.
-- George Tooker

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