Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ten Quotes about Art to Chew On

I Googled up some quotes about art from a variety of sources, not all of them artists.  I hope you find them inspiring.....

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

"Every artist was first an amateur."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We have art in order not to die of the truth."
Friedrich Nietzsche

"There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept."
Ansel Adams

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

"Art is either plagiarism or revolution."
Paul Gauguin

"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence."
Henri Matisse

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

"The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment."
D. H. Lawrence

“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. 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, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. 
You will have created something.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

Now get out there and create!  Create!  Create!

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