172 Art Quotes to Ignite Your Creativity and Inspire Your Soul

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Top 10 Art Quotes (BEST)

  1. No Fear, No Hesitation, No Surprise, No Doubt — Miyamoto Musashi
  2. Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied. — Alexander The Great
  3. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. — Albert Einstein
  4. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another. — Voltaire
  5. Fighting is a sport; if you're not humble it's going to bring humbleness to you. — Mike Tyson
  6. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist — Francis of Assisi
  7. The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her. — Bob Marley
  8. A man cannot understand the art he is studying if he only looks for the end result without taking the time to delve deeply into the reasoning of the study. — Miyamoto Musashi
  9. Bodybuilding is an art, your body is the canvas, weights are your brush and nutrition is your paint. We all have the ability to turn a self portrait into a masterpiece. — Kai Greene
  10. Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love. — Claude Monet

The Most Famous Art Quotes

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There must be something about art... almost all cultures have done art. It's a refining of the senses, which are there to keep us alive. As far as we know, no other animals do that. — Roy Lichtenstein

When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection. — Agnes Martin

There are some truths about life that can be expressed only as stories, or songs, or images. Art delights, instructs, consoles. It educates our emotions. — Dana Gioia

Art is a reflection of God's creativity, an evidence that we are made in the image of God. — Francis Schaeffer

What is art? Art grows from joy and sorrow, but mostly from sorrow. It grows from human lives. — Edvard Munch

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, for our consideration and application of these things, and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process. — Henry James

Art can make a difference because it pulls people up short. It says, don't accept things for their face value; you don't have to go along with any of this; you can think for yourself. — Jeanette Winterson

I mean, making art is about objectifying your experience of the world, transforming the flow of moments into something visual, or textual, or musical, whatever. Art creates a kind of commentary. — Barbara Kruger

Art provides the language we need to appreciate life. — Oscar Wilde

Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning. — Jacques Barzun

Short Art Quotes

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  • Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible. — Paul Klee
  • Art is too important not to share. — Romero Britto
  • Artmaking is making the invisible, visible. — Marcel Duchamp
  • What we call art would seem to be specialist artifacts for enhancing human perception. — Marshall McLuhan
  • Art is the colors and textures of your imagination. — Meghan Trainor
  • Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together. — John Ruskin
  • Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos. — Stephen Sondheim
  • Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end. — James Joyce
Art quote You're a work of art. Not everyone will understand you, but the ones who do, wil
You're a work of art. Not everyone will understand you, but the ones who do, will never forget about you.

Inspirational Art Quotes

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Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Remember, success is a journey not a destination. Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine. — Bruce Lee

Art quote The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.
The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. — Pablo Picasso

I have created nothing really beautiful, really lasting, but if I can inspire one of these youngsters to develop the talent I know they possess, then my monument will be in their work. — Augusta Savage

Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling. — Vincent Van Gogh

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Friendship is an art, and very few persons are born with a natural gift for it. — Kathleen Norris

The richer we have become materially, the poorer we become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants. — Gichin Funakoshi

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. — Bruce Lee

Nail Art Quotes

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I have lived among enough painters and around studios to have had all the theories - and how contradictory they are - rammed down my throat. A man has to have a gizzard like an ostrich to digest all the brass-tacks and wire nails of modern art theories. — D. H. Lawrence

The art world is a jungle echoing to the calls of vicious jealousies and ruthless combat between dealers and collectors; but I have been walking in the jungles of business all my life, and fighting tooth and nail for pictures comes as a form of relaxation to me. — Armand Hammer

It's a reality of art that the fewer lines you get, the harder it is. Cartooning is actually harder than realism. You have less to work with. It's like trying to build a house-if you have unlimited resources, you're in much better shape than if you get two bricks, a hammer, and a bent nail. — Ursula Vernon

I'm quite obsessed with the idea of nailing the girl friendship. It's such an art, so delicate. — Alanis Morissette

My soul is a canvas stretched across four wooden corners and tacked with copper nails that sink into the edges of timber like teeth. My art is nothing less than my salvation. — Keariene Muizz

I look upon literature as an art, and I believe that if you misuse it or abuse it, it will leave you. It is not a thing that you can nail down and use as you want. You have to let it use you, too. — Katherine Anne Porter

Nude nail polish wins hands down over intricate nail art. — Ashley Madekwe

It's hard to tell what's true compassion, when it's dressed up in hair and nails and fashion. — Edwin McCain

I draw like other people bite their nails. — Pablo Picasso

The Power Of Art Quotes

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How many undervalue the power of simplicity ! But it is the real key to the heart. — William Wordsworth

How can wealth persuade poverty to use its political freedom to keep wealth in power? Here lies the whole art of Conservative politics in the twentieth century. — Aneurin Bevan

I saw the dance as a vision of ineffable power. A man could, with dignity and a towering majesty, dance. Not mince, cavort, do "fancy dancing" or "showoff" steps. No: Dance as Michelangelo's visions dance and as the music of Bach dances. — Jose Limon

We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable - but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words. — Ursula K. Le Guin

No one expects to attain to the height of learning, or arts, or power, or wealth, or military glory, without vigorous resolution, strenuous diligence, and steady perseverance. Yet we expect to be Christians without labour, study, or inquiry. — William Wilberforce

It's crazy that with an iPhone, a little Starlink antenna, and a solar power unit, you could live in an isolated cave in the mountains or on a raft in the middle of the Pacific and get a world-class education, start a business or art career, and make friends all around the world. — Tim Urban

The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail. — John Wesley Powell

The power of nature is what all art strives to be. The more we can get in tune with the harmony of the planet, the more our art can benefit from that relationship. — Rick Rubin

The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments. — Henry Clay

Even the most powerful human being has a limited sphere of strength. Draw him outside of that sphere and into your own, and his strength will dissipate. — Morihei Ueshiba

Abstract Art Quotes

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Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is. — Jackson Pollock

The drawings don't start with 'a beautiful mark'. It has to be a mark of something out there in the world. It doesn't have to be an accurate drawing, but it has to stand for an observation, not something that is abstract, like an emotion. — William Kentridge

There is no must in art because art is free. — Wassily Kandinsky

Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was. — Jackson Pollock

Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential. — Wassily Kandinsky

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. — Pablo Picasso

abstract art is not the creation of another reality but the true vision of reality. — Piet Mondrian

Music, uniquely among the arts, is both completely abstract and profoundly emotional. It has no power to represent anything particular or external, but it has a unique power to express inner states or feelings. Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation. — Oliver Sacks

The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating. — Jackson Pollock

Why must art be static? You look at an abstraction, sculptured or painted, an entirely exciting arrangement of planes, spheres, nuclei, entirely without meaning. It would be perfect but it is always still. The next step in sculpture is motion. — Alexander Calder

Street Art Quotes

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You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. — Ansel Adams

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

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. — Banksy

Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint. — Banksy

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

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. — Banksy

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow. — Imogen Cunningham

Art must not be concentrated in dead shrines called museums. lt must be spread everywhere – on the streets, in the trams, factories, workshops, and in the workers' homes. — Vladimir Mayakovsky

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

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. — Banksy

Beautiful Art Quotes

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A window covered with raindrops interests me more than a photograph of a famous person. — Saul Leiter

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing. — Georgia O'Keeffe

I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart. — Vincent Van Gogh

I grew up hearing everyone tell me 'God loves you'. I would say big deal, God loves everybody. That don't make me special! That just proves that God ain't got no taste. And, I don't think He does. Thank God! Because He takes the junk of our lives and makes the most beautiful art. — Rich Mullins

Music is a beautiful thing to listen to. It is not a thing to preach to others about, it’s not a cause. It is what it is-and that’s a beautiful artform. — Synyster Gates

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. — Albert Einstein

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. — Albert Einstein

In my sculpture, it's not an image I am seeking, it's not an idea. My goal is to re-live a past emotion. My art is an exorcism, and beauty is something I never talk about. — Louise Bourgeois

Tagore once said - art has to be beautiful, but, before that, it has to be truthful. — Ritwik Ghatak

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I would rather die of passion than of boredom. — Emile Zola

Creative Art Quotes

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I'm not an abstractionist. I'm not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on. — Mark Rothko

The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity. — Alberto Giacometti

Art alone makes life possible - this is how radically I should like to formulate it. I would say that without art man is inconceivable in physiological terms... Even the act of peeling a potato can be an artistic act if it is consciously done. — Joseph Beuys

Art itself cannot be taught, but craftsmanship can. Architects, painters, sculptors are all craftsmen in the original sense of the word. Thus it is a fundamental requirement of all artistic creativity that every student undergo a thorough training in the workshops of all branches of the crafts. — Walter Gropius

Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels. — Francisco Goya

Sciences provide an understanding of a universal experience, Arts are a universal understanding of a personal experience... they are both a part of us and a manifestation of the same thing... the arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity — Mae Jemison

Art is not communicative, art is not reflexive. Art, science, philosophy are neither contemplative, neither reflexive, nor communicative. They are creative, that's all. — Gilles Deleuze

The truth of Zen, just a little bit of it, is what turns one's humdrum life, a life of monotonous, uninspiring commonplaceness, into one of art, full of genuine inner creativity. — D.T. Suzuki

The observer must learn to look at the picture as a graphic representation of a mood and not as a representation of objects. — Wassily Kandinsky

When I close my eyes, my imagination roams free. In the same way I want to create spaces for video art that rethink the very nature of the medium itself. I want to discover new ways of configuring the world, both the world outside and the world within — Pipilotti Rist

Art And Love Quotes

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The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. — Elie Wiesel

Don't pray for an easy life, pray to be a stronger man. — John F. Kennedy

When I got enough confidence, the stage was gone. When I was sure of losing, I won. When I needed people the most, they left me. When I learnt to dry my tears, I found a shoulder to cry on. And when I mastered the art of hating, somebody started loving me. — William Shakespeare

Despite all the troubles of our world, in my heart I have never given up on the love in which I was brought up or on man's hope in love. In life, just as on the artist's palette, there is but one single colour that gives meaning to life and art–the colour of love — Marc Chagall

In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it. — Michelangelo

If you love yourself, you love everybody else as you do yourself. As long as you love another person less than you love yourself, you will not really succeed in loving yourself but if you love all alike, including yourself, you will love them as one person and that person is both God and man. — Meister Eckhart

The artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. He must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love and the voice of art. — Federico Garcia Lorca

Love isn't something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn't a feeling, it is a practice. — Erich Fromm

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams. — Albert Einstein

One of the things my career as an artist might say to young artists is: The things that are close to you are the things you can photograph the best. And unless you photograph what you love, you are not going to make good art. — Sally Mann

Art Of Loving Quotes

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Art is the best possible introduction to the culture of the world. I love it for the buried hopes, the garnered memories, the tender feelings it can summon at a touch. It washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. — Pablo Picasso

Everyone should consider his body as a priceless gift from one whom he loves above all, a marvelous work of art, of indescribable beauty, and mystery beyond human conception, and so delicate that a word, a breath, a look, nay, a thought may injure it. — Nikola Tesla

I love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it. — Robert M. Sapolsky

Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape. — Bell Hooks

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. — Marc Chagall

Start your day with a quote that you love. Start your day by looking at a picture of someone that you love. Start your day with a work of art that inspires you. Make the first thing that you see so closely connected to your purpose that your monk-mind naturally comes alive. — Jay Shetty

Unfortunately, the general interest in art among the Japanese is very low compared to that of Western countries. I would love to be able to correct that by bringing many more pieces of interesting artwork to Japan. — Yusaku Maezawa

You are a Universe of Universes And your Soul a source of Songs. — Ruben Dario

Part of the process of letting go is releasing any thoughts of how you or your piece will be received. When making art, the audience comes last. Let’s not consider how a piece will be received or a release strategy until the work is finished and we love it. — Rick Rubin

When I saw this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art. — Yusaku Maezawa

Creating Art Quotes

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Authentic marketing is not the art of selling what you make but knowing what to make. It is the art of identifying and understanding customer needs and creating solutions that deliver satisfaction to the customers, profits to the producers and benefits for the stakeholders. — Philip Kotler

The Jiu Jitsu I created was designed to give the weak ones a chance to face the heavy and strong. — Helio Gracie

I fight pain, anxiety, and fear every day, and the only method I have found that relieves my illness is to keep creating art. I followed the thread of art and somehow discovered a path that would allow me to live. — Yayoi Kusama

The black artist is dangerous. Black art controls the 'Negro's' reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images. — Sonia Sanchez

Creating is about sharing ideas, sharing aesthetics, sharing what you believe in with other people. — Shepard Fairey

I don't create blurs. Blurring is not the most important thing; nor is it an identity tag for my pictures. — Gerhard Richter

Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity Kitai. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice. — Will Smith

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Everything starts from a dot. — Wassily Kandinsky

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation. — Auguste Rodin

Some people think or expect that you should make the same kinds of art forever because it creates a convenient narrative... I want my work to embody my inherent contradictions. — Kiki Smith

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More Art Quotes

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Art quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Art quote by Pablo Picasso

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. — Pablo Picasso

Art quote by Pablo Picasso

Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird? — Pablo Picasso

Art quote by Sun Tzu

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. — Sun Tzu

Art quote by Vincent Van Gogh

Art is to console those who are broken by life. — Vincent Van Gogh

Art quote by Bruce Lee

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. — Bruce Lee

Art quote by Hans Asperger

It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential. — Hans Asperger

Art quote by John W. Gardner

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. — John W. Gardner

Art quote by Melvin Glover

If Graffiti is art and art is a crime then how come piccaso never done time? — Melvin Glover

Art quote by Rickson Gracie

Our fears don't stop death, they stop life. — Rickson Gracie

Art quote by Kano Jigoro

If there is effort, there is always accomplishment. — Kano Jigoro

Art quote by Sun Tzu

He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. — Sun Tzu

Art quote by William Osler

Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability. — William Osler

Art quote by Sun Tzu

The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. — Sun Tzu

Art quote by Gichin Funakoshi

Spirit first, technique second. — Gichin Funakoshi

Art quote by Orson Welles

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations. — Orson Welles

Art quote by Masaharu Morimoto

I'm not making art, I'm making sushi — Masaharu Morimoto

Art quote by Henry Mintzberg

Management is, above all, a practice where art, science, and craft meet — Henry Mintzberg

Art quote by William James

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. — William James

Art quote by Isadora Duncan

If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it — Isadora Duncan

Art quote by Leonardo da Vinci

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. — Leonardo da Vinci

Art quote by Archilochus

I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me. — Archilochus

Art quote by Pablo Picasso

Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth. — Pablo Picasso

Art quote by Stella Adler

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. — Stella Adler

Art quote by Diego Rivera

Art is like ham-it nourishes people. — Diego Rivera

Art quote by Lord Byron

The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain. — Lord Byron

Art quote by Will Durant

To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy. — Will Durant

Art quote by Agnes Martin

Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings. — Agnes Martin

Art quote by Jackson Pollock

Art is coming face to face with yourself. — Jackson Pollock

Art quote by Massimo Vignelli

Design is not art. Design is utilitarian, art is not. — Massimo Vignelli

Art quote by Thomas Merton

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. — Thomas Merton

Art quote by Louise Bourgeois

Art is a guarantee of sanity. That is the most important thing I have said. — Louise Bourgeois

Art quote by Marina Abramovic

A great artist has to be ready to fail. — Marina Abramovic

Art quote by Jimmy Buffett

Bryl-cream, a little dab will do you. — Jimmy Buffett

Art quote by S. N. Goenka

Vipassana is the art of living. Not the art of escaping. — S. N. Goenka

Art quote by Louise Bourgeois

An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing. — Louise Bourgeois

Art quote by Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. — Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Art quote by Ana Mendieta

My art is the way I reestablish the bonds that tie me to the universe. — Ana Mendieta

In Conclusion

Quotes about art also shed light on the subjective nature of artistic interpretation. They emphasize the notion that art is not confined to a single definition but rather encompasses a multitude of forms, styles, and approaches. These quotes encourage individuals to embrace their unique artistic voices and appreciate the diversity of artistic expression. They highlight the transformative power of art, inviting viewers to delve deeper into their own perceptions and emotions when engaging with artwork. With their concise yet impactful words, quotes about art evoke a sense of curiosity and exploration, inviting individuals to contemplate, question, and appreciate the world of art.

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