Quotations

russellThere is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only, are this man's lawful prey.
John Ruskin, 1819 - 1900

We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
Pablo Picasso

I don't paint things.  I only paint the difference between things.
Henri Matisse

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
Charles Horton Cooley

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job.  It releases tension needed for his work.
Henry Moore

Pictures must not be too picturesque. (I quadri non devono essere quadrati )
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
André Gide

An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.
Paul Valéry

For the mystic what is how.  For the craftsman how is what.  For the artist what and how are one.
William McElcheran

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
George Moore

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

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
Michelangelo

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

Give me a fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections.  You can keep your sterile truth for yourself. 
Vilfredo Pareto

When the student is ready, the master appears. 
Buddhist Proverb

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned. 
Mark Twain
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Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. 
Oliver Wendell Holmes

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue. 
Antisthenes

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. 
George Bernard Shaw

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. 
Henry Ford

I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me. 
Dudley Field Malone

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. 
Lloyd Alexander

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

Every corner of the public psyche is canvassed by some of the most talented citizens to see if the desire for some merchandisable product can be cultivated.
John Kenneth Galbraith

If I had 6 hours to cut down a tree, I would spend 4 hours sharpening my axe!
Old Chinese Martial Arts Master

The bigger fear that people feel threatened by is the fear of change. Artists bring change, because you cannot be creative and just duplicate or illustrate known facts.
John Cage

I think that art is not the monopoly of the artist only. I do believe that the human being could not survive without art. I think that one of the tragedies of the present world is that we have relegated art to just a secondary role. Man can live without science in the modern sense of the word. The human being cannot survive without art. Art means to make something of your life with your body and with your surroundings on a human scale. Art doesn't mean to be a great performer or a great creator.
chandlerRaimon Panikkar

Art is not life and cannot be
A mid wife to society.
W. H. Auden

There once was a man of Belfast
Whose balls out of iron were cast.
He'd managed somehow
To bugger a sow,
Thus you get pig-iron, at last.
Anon. da Harrison Ms., New York 1947

In Christianity, we have very often forgotten that the first attribute of God is beauty, the first way in which you enter contact with the divine is through beauty. Without this sensitivity, the openness to beauty, to form, to shape, which the Greeks called morphe, life is boring. Then, obviously, in order to overcome boredom, you have to do something, to be on the go all the time doing more things and making more havoc.
Raimon Panikkar

Never waste a thing. I think Joseph (Joseph Beuys - his spiritual economy was: if I care for you, others will care for me) had the same idea. He may have used this in a more controlled conceptual idea. I never saw anything that was wasted, that shouldn't be used.
I think waste has to be digested into a creative situation, in order for it to have any meaning whatsoever. You can't just advertise the fact that there is more than we need.
Robert Rauschenberg

I think that fundamentally all activity is an art. Science is a particular kind of art, which emphasizes certain things. Then we have the visual artists, the musical artists and various kinds of other artists, who are specialized in different ways. But fundamentally art is present everywhere. The very word 'art' in Latin means 'to fit'. The whole notion of the cosmos means 'order' in Greek. It is an artistic concept really.
David Bohm

When nations grow old the arts grow cold,
And commerce settles on every tree.  
William Blake

Whoever does not love his work cannot hope that it will please others.
Anon

I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Orson Welles

Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
Aristotle(maybe)

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

Pleasure in the job put perfection in the work.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

There is no such thing as modern art. There is art--and there is advertising.   
Albert Sterner

The work praises the man.
Irish Proverb

Men have become the tools of their trade.
Henry David Thoreau

Even the woodpecker owes its success to the fact that he used his head.
Anon

Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.
Oliver Goldsmith

I have long been of the opinion that if work were such a splendid thing the rich would have kept more of it for themselves.
Bruce Grocott

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
Winston Churchill

Nature is inside art as its content, not outside as its model.
Northrop Frye

Were art to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness.
Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
Paul Gauguin

Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word.
Eric Gill

Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?
Nadine Gordimer

The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.
Paul Klee

All art is quite useless.
Oscar Wilde

The artist must conceive with warmth yet execute with coolness.
Winkelmann

The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
John Ruskin