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Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.

“The aim of art is to represent not the   outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle
“One must from time to time attempt   things that are beyond one’s capacity.” Auguste Renoir
“Art is contemplation. It is the   pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the   spirit of which Nature herself is animated. Auguste Rodin
“Art is the signature of   civilizations.” Beverly Sills
“What is real is not the external form,   but the essence of things… it is impossible for anyone to express anything   essentially real by imitating its exterior surface.” Brancusi
“Blessed are they who see beautiful   things in humble places where other people see nothing. Camille Pissarro
“Imagination will often carry us to   worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere. Carl Sagan
“There are more valid facts and details   in works of art than there are in history books.” Charlie Chaplin
“If I didn’t think what I was doing had   something to do with enlarging the boundaries of art, I wouldn’t go on doing   it. Claes Oldenburg
“Only when he no longer knows what he   is doing does the painter do good things.” Edgar Degas
“Painting is easy for those that do not   know how, but very difficult for those that do!” Edgar Degas
“Art is not what you see, but what you   make others see.” Edgar Degas
“No amount of skillful invention can   replace the essential element of imagination.” Edward Hopper
“Art is literacy of the heart” Elliot Eisner
“The artist need not know very much;   best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes   or walks. Emil Nolde
“I am an artist… I am here to live out   loud.” Emile Zola
“Art is skill, that is the first meaning   of the word.” Eric Gill
“Artists who seek perfection in   everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.” Eugene Delacroix
“The source of genius is imagination   alone, the refinement of the senses that sees what others do not see, or sees   them differently.” Eugene Delacroix
“The artist is the antenna of the race. Ezra Pound
“The job of the artist is always to   deepen the mystery.” Francis Bacon
“Architecture is for the young. If our   teenagers don’t get architecture — if they are not inspired, (then) we won’t   have the architecture that we must have if this country is going to be   beautiful.” Frank Lloyd Wright
“You can’t make an architect. But you   can open the doors and windows toward the light as you see it.” Frank Lloyd Wright
“You see what you know!” Frank Stella
“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I   wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my reality.” Frida Kahlo
“The function of Art is to disturb.   Science reassures.” George Braque
“Art is not what you see, but what you   make others see.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“To create one’s own world in any of   the arts takes courage.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“Still – in a way – nobody sees a   flower – really – it is so small – we haven’t time – and to see takes time,   like to have a friend takes time.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“One day seven years ago I found myself   saying to myself — I can’t live where I want to — I can’t go where I want   to go–I can’t do what I want to — I can’t even say what I want to — I   decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“I found I could say things with color   and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way-things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“To become truly immortal, a work of   art must escape all human limits: logic and commonsense will only interfere.   But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood   visions and dreams.” Giorgio DeChirico
“If I didn’t start painting, I would   have raised chickens.” Grandma Moses
“It has bothered me all my life that I   do not paint like everybody else.” Henri Matisse
“I do not literally paint that table,   but the emotion it produces upon me.” Henri Matisse
“I would like to recapture that   freshness of vision which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the   world is new to it.” Henri Matisse
“What I dream of is an art of   equilibrium, purity and tranquility, devoid of upsetting or troubling subject   matter …” Henri Matisse
“Art teaches nothing, except the   significance of life.” Henry Miller
“Every artist dips his brush in his own   soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Henry Ward Beecher
“When my daughter was about seven years   old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the   college- that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me,   incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?” Howard Ikemoto
“Every good painter paints what he is. Jackson Pollock
“The painting has a life of its own. Jackson Pollock
“As music is the poetry of sound, so is   painting the poetry of sight and the subject-matter has nothing to do with   harmony of sound or of color.” James McNeil Whistler
“An artist is not paid for his labor   but for his vision.” James McNeill Whistler
“Art should reveal the unknown, to   those who lack the experience of seeing it.” Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith
“I try to apply colors like words that   shape poems, like notes that shape music.” Joan Miro
“The best reason to paint is that there   is no reason to paint… I’d like to pretend that I’ve never seen anything,   never read anything, never heard anything… and then make something… Every   time I make something I think about the people who are going to see it and   every time I see something, I think about the person who made it… Nothing   is important… so everything is important.” Keith Haring
“Art is the Queen of all sciences   communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” Leonardo da Vinci
“The color of the object illuminated partakes   of the color of that which illuminates it.” Leonardo da Vinci
“Where the spirit does not work with   the hand there is no art.” Leonardo da Vinci
“A good painter has two main objects to   paint, man and the intention of his soul. The former is easy, the latter hard   as he has to represent it by the attitude and movement of the limbs.” Leonardo da Vinci
“Art is everywhere, except it has to   pass through a creative mind.” Louise Nevelson
“All art is but imitation of   nature.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca
” Painting is so poetic, while   sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about   gravity.” Mark Rothko
“What I give form to in daylight is   only one per cent of what I have seen in darkness.” M.C. Escher
“Art must be an expression of love or   it is nothing.” Marc Chagall
“Great art picks up where nature   ends.” Marc Chagall
“A man paints with his brains and not   with his hands.” Michelangelo Buonarroti
“A great sculpture can roll down a hill   without breaking.” Michelangelo Buonarroti
“A beautiful thing never gives so much   pain as does failing to hear and see it.” Michelangelo Buonarroti
“If people knew how hard I worked to get   my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” Michelangelo Buonarroti
“The true work of art is but a shadow   of the divine perfection.” Michelangelo Buonarroti
“Art is the child of imagination and   gives life.” Mirka Mora
“Just as our eyes need light in order   to see, our minds need ideas in order to create.” Nicole Malebranche
“Art is a lie that helps us to realize   the truth.” Pablo Picasso
“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday   life.” Pablo Picasso
“There are painters who transform the   sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and   intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Pablo Picasso
“Every child is an artist. The problem   is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso
“It took me four years to paint like   Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso
“Painting is just another way of   keeping a diary.” Pablo Picasso
“I begin with an idea and then it   becomes something else.” Pablo Picasso
“It takes a very long time to become   young.” Pablo Picasso
“What good are computers? They can only   give you answers.” Pablo Picasso
“A line is a dot that went for a   walk.” Paul Klee
“A work of art which did not begin in   emotion is not art.” Paul Cézanne
“Painting from nature is not copying   the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.” Paul Cézanne
“What is one to think of those fools   who tell one that the artist is always subordinate to nature? Art is a harmony   parallel with nature.” Paul Cézanne
“When I judge art, I take my painting   and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it   is not art.” Paul Cézanne
“A painting is never finished – it   simply stops in interesting places.” Paul Gardner
“Art is either plagiarism or   revolution.” Paul Gaugin
“Art does not reproduce the visible;   rather, it makes visible.” Paul Klee
“I paint in order not to cry.” Paul Klee
“The more horrifying this world   becomes, the more art becomes abstract.” Paul Klee
“The position of the artist is humble.   He is essentially a channel.” Piet Mondrian
“Art evokes the mystery without which   the world would not exist.” Rene Magritte
“Art is a passion or it is   nothing.” Robert Fry
“Good art is not what it looks like,   but what it does to us.” Roy Adzak
“Art doesn’t transform. It just plain   forms.” Roy Lichtenstein
“Those who do not want to imitate   anything, produce nothing.” Salvador Dali
“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry   is painting that speaks.” Simonides
“The big artist…keeps an eye on   nature and steals her tools.” Thomas Eakins
“Art enables us to find ourselves and   lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton
“As a suffering creature, I cannot do   without something greater than I –something that is my life — the power to   create.” Vincent Van Gogh
“An artist needn’t be a clergyman or a   churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow   men.” Vincent Van Gogh
“I tell you, the more I think, the more   I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” Vincent Van Gogh
“It is not the language of painters but   the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things   themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for   pictures.” Vincent Van Gogh
“I want to touch people with my art. I   want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.’ “ Vincent Van Gogh
“I often think the night is more alive   and more richly colored than the day.” Vincent Van Gogh
“I applied streaks and blobs of colours   onto the canvas with a palette knife and I made them sing with all the   intensity I could…” Wassily Kandinsky
“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are   the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the   hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the   soul.” Wassily Kandinsky
“There is no must in art because art is   free.” Wassily Kandinsky
“I do not want ART for a few any more   than education for a few, or freedom for a few.” William Morris
“There is no such thing as talent. What   they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the   right way.”

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