People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish... but that's only if it's done properly.

— Banksy

The most delightful Banksy quotes that are easy to memorize and remember

Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing.

And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they're having a piss.

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Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint.

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Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing.

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Banksy quote If you get tired, learn to rest, not to

If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.

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Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place.

Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.

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Writing graffiti is about the most honest way you can be an artist.

It takes no money to do it, you don't need an education to understand it, and there's no admission fee.

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There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge.

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Banksy quote If you get tired, learn to rest, not qui

If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit.

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You're mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid.

You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation at high speed with total clarity.

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Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.

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A wall is a very big weapon. It's one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.

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I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website - but on the internet, people only look at pictures of kittens.

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A lot of mothers will do anything for their children, except let them be themselves.

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Is graffiti art or vandalism? That word has a lot of negative connotations and it alienates people, so no, I don't like to use the word 'art' at all.

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About Banksy

Quotes 124 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Artist
Birthday 1974

I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.

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The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists.. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.

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The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.

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I don't think you should have to pay to look at graffiti.

You should only pay if you want to get rid of it.

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Live as a villain, die as a hero

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Become good at cheating and you never need to become good at anything else.

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The art world is the biggest joke going.

It's a rest home for the overprivileged, the pretentious, and the weak. And modern art is a disgrace - never have so many people used so much stuff and taken so long to say so little.

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Bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums.

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Nobody ever listened to me until they didn't know who I was

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It doesn't take much to be a successful artist-all you need to do is dedicate your entire life to it.

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When you go to an art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires.

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Graffiti ultimately wins out over proper art because it becomes part of your city, it' s a tool; "I'll meet you in that pub, you know, the one opposite that wall with a picture of a monkey holding a chainsaw". I mean, how much more useful can a painting be than that?

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You don't need planning permission to build castles in the sky

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If you want to say something and have people listen then you have to wear a mask. If you want to be honest then you have to live a lie.

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Remember crime against property is not real crime.

People look at an oil painting and admire the use of brushstrokes to convey meaning. People look at a graffiti painting and admire the use of a drainpipe to gain access.

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Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent, leave the house before you find something worth staying in for.

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Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a f**king sharp knife to it.

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I originally set out to try and save the world, but now I'm not sure I like it enough.

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The Art we look at is made by only a select few.

A small group create, promote, purchase, exhibit and decide the success of Art. Only a few hundred people in the world have any real say. When you go to an Art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires

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Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it's probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it.

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Graffiti is only dangerous in the mind of three types of people;

politicians, advertising executives and graffiti writers.

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The grumpier you are, the more assholes you meet.

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If at first you don't succeed, Call an airstrike.

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Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.

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Keep your coins, I want change.

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I don't know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower.

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The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal.

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I like to think I have the guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things no-one else believes in - like peace and justice and freedom.

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People who get up early in the morning cause war, death and famine.

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You can win the rat race but you're still a rat.

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I used to tell everyone I met to be an artist..... I don't do that any more.

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A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.

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It's a very frustrated feeling you get when the only people with good photos of you work are the police department.

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At this time of year it's easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity - the lies, the corruption, the abuse.

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The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.

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My lawyer's opinion is that the cops might not actually be able to charge me with criminal damage any more - because theoretically my graffiti actually increases the value of property rather than decreasing it. That's his theory, but then my lawyer also believes wearing novelty cartoon ties is a good look.

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Sometimes I feel so sick at the state of the world I can't even finish my second apple pie.

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