If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
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.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
Painting, noun: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.
I don’t want to be interesting, I want to be good.
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
In art, as in love, instinct is enough.
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Art is not a thing: it is a way.
Pictures must not be too picturesque.
The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market, or the debates in congress.
Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work.
To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good, but that most people can’t eat it.