“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” - Chuck Klosterman. Here are 41 Inspirational Art Quotes.

Art Quotes

1. “For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

2. “What do you think an artist is…he is a political being, constantly aware of the heartbreaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.” - Pablo Picasso

3. “An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.” - J.D. Salinger

4. “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

5. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” - Albert Einstein

6. “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” - Pablo Picasso

7. “Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” - George Bernard Shaw

8. “In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, sometimes only beauty can be trusted. Only artistic excellence is incorruptible. Pleasure cannot be bargained down. And sometimes the meal is the only currency that is real.” - Elizabeth Gilbert

9. “I make art, sometimes I make true art, and sometimes it fills the empty places in my life. Some of them. Not all.” - Neil Gaiman

10. “An idea is salvation by imagination” - Frank Lloyd Wright

Art Quotes

11. “Modern paintings are like women, you’ll never enjoy them if you try to understand them.” - Freddie Mercury

12. “The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” - Leonardo da Vinci

13. “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward, you can remove all traces of reality.” - Pablo Picasso

14. “We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth – at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.” - Pablo Picasso

15. “I call the process of doing your art ‘the work.’ It’s possible to have a job and do the work, too. In fact, that’s how you become a linchpin. The job is not the work.” - Seth Godin

16. “The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” - Walt Whitman

17. “Art is to console those who are broken by life.” - Vincent Van Gogh

18. “Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . . „ - Ralph Waldo Emerson

19. “Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.” - Flannery O’Connor

20. “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.” - Pablo Casals

Art Quotes

21. “No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” - Ansel Adams

22. “There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” - Martha Graham

23. “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” - Émile Zola

24. “Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”- Maria Montessori

25. “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”- Pablo Picasso

26. “Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art.” - Konstantin Stanislavski

27. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” - Thomas Merton

28. “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” - Vincent Van Gogh

29. “Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” - Pope John Paul II

30. “The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.”  - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Art Quotes

31. “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.  - Pablo Picasso

32. “Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” - Oscar Wilde

33. “To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” - Osho

34. “You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” - George Bernard Shaw

35. “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” - Albert Einstein

36. “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

37. “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” - Pablo Picasso

38. “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” - Vincent Van Gogh

39. “Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” - Chuck Klosterman

40. “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” - Aristotle

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

Best Art Quotes

“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.” - Miguel Ruiz
“Art is making something out of nothing.” - Frank Zappa
“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.” - Danny Kaye

Ian Warner

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