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Artist Quotes
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There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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To an engineer, good enough means perfect.
With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.
- Alexander Calder

That's the motivation of an artist -
to seek attention of some kind.
- James Taylor

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't
doubt what they're doing.
- Francis Ford Coppola

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An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
- Edgard Varese

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

An artist never really finishes his work,
he merely abandons it.
- Paul Valery


 

The artist in me cries out for design.
- Robert Frost

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

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
- Carroll O'Connor

I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist,
but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.
- Michael Palin

I love power.
But it is as an artist that I love it.
I love it as a musician loves his violin,
to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
- George Santayana

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts -
such is the duty of the artist.
- Robert Schumann

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist.
I never think about money.
Beautiful things make money.
- Lord Acton

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty,
you know you're an artist.
- David Hockney

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
- Novalis

Every production of an artist should be the expression
of an adventure of his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

An artist is always alone - if he is an artist.
No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
- Henry Miller

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
- Eugene Delacroix

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place:
from the sky,
from the earth, from a scrap of paper,
from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
- Pablo Picasso

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
- James Whistler

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
- Franz Liszt

I've been called many names like perfectionist,
difficult and obsessive.
I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the
details for any artist to be good.
- Barbra Streisand

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
- Andy Warhol

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

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
- Jodie Foster

A group or an artist shouldn't get his money until his boss gets his.
- Bobby Darin

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

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas,
a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
- Edward Steichen

The artist's world is limitless.
It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.
It is always on his doorstep.
- Paul Strand

My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role,
is to try and express what we all feel.
Not to tell people how to feel.
Not as a preacher, not as a leader,
but as a reflection of us all.
- John Lennon

A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions;
and the plant is,
to a landscape artist, not only a plant -
rare,
unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance -
but it is also a color,
a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.
- Roberto Burle Marx

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion,
which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed
so that a hundred years later,
when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
- William Faulkner

The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles,
and from that moment he is following the dark rapids
of an underground river which may sometimes flow so
near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.
- Cyril Connolly

I don't think I'm in any position to call myself a martial artist.
I'm a student of the martial arts.
- Lou Reed

Besides me wanting to be an artist, I wanted to be a movie star.
- Patti Smith

The copyright bargain: a balance between protection
for the artist and rights for the consumer.
- Robin Gross

I feel the symbolic world is the nub of a problem for an artist.
- Anish Kapoor

The position of the artist if humble.
He is essentially a channel.
- Piet Mondrian

I think I'll continue to work as a solo artist.
- Alvin Lee

The artist must be in his work as God is in creation,
invisible and all-powerful; one must sense him everywhere but never see him.
- Gustave Flaubert

I come from a family of business people,
but I had the idea I wanted to become an artist.
- Dick Bruna

What an artist learns matters little.
What he himself discovers has a real worth for him,
and gives him the necessary incitement to work.
- Emil Nolde

Sam Wood, the director, made most of his money as a real estate agent;
there was nothing of the temperamental artist about him.
- Gloria Swanson

I have always thought of myself as a performer first
and way down the line as a recording artist.
- Leo Kottke

Experience is the best teacher of all.
And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist.
Only the journey matters.
- Harry Callahan

The true gourmet, like the true artist,
is one of the unhappiest creatures existent.
His trouble comes from so seldom finding what he constantly seeks:
perfection.
- Ludwig Bemelmans

No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work,
but in the excellence of the work he produces.
- Thomas Aquinas

Failure and its accompanying misery is for the artist
his most vital source of creative energy.
- Montgomery Clift

The artist never entirely knows.
We guess.
We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
- Agnes de Mille

I think they want to keep it separate,
but I've never been a crossover artist for some reason.
- Reba McEntire

Art and works of art do not make an artist;
sense and enthusiasm and instinct do.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The man who throws a bomb is an artist,
because he prefers a great moment to everything.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

By the time I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to be an artist.
I was a born draftsman and liked all forms of art,
so I just knew that's what I wanted to do.
- Frank Frazetta

It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist,
as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.
- Loren Eiseley

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

I guess if you take yourself seriously as an artist
there starts either the problem or the beauty of doing good artwork.
- Bill Griffith

There's not a hip-hop artist that didn't snatch of piece of Bob Marley.
It's totally impossible.
- Wyclef Jean

To be a good artist, you have to serve the work of
art and allow it to be what it is supposed to be.
- Larry Wall

It is very good advice to believe only what an artist does,
rather than what he says about his work.
- David Hockney

It is futile for an artist to try to create an environment
because you have an environment around you all the time.
Any living organism has an environment.
- Carl Andre

The artist I wanna be like is Michael Jackson.
I'll get the house with the roller coaster and the rides and a disco,
and I'll invite all my friends and just stay at home.
- Lil' Kim

I am not an angel and do not pretend to be.
That is not one of my roles.
But I am not the devil either.
I am a woman and a serious artist, and I would like so to be judged.
- Maria Callas


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