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Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman
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Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Pablo Picasso, painter
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Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman
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I dream my painting and I paint my dream. Vincent Van Gogh, painter
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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. Emile Zola, novelist
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The enemy of art is the absence of limitations. Orson Welles, actor
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No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist. Salvador Dali, painter
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The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso, painter
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any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep. Clive Barker, writer
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The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset. Thomas Jefferson, president
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The danger from computers is not that they will eventually get as smart as men, but we will meanwhile agree to meet them halfway. Bernard Avishai,
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Art provides the language we need to appreciate life. Oscar Wilde, dramatist
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I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day. Vincent Van Gogh, painter
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To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature. Auguste Rodin, sculptor
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Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. John W. Gardner, educator
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Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth. Pablo Picasso, painter
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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, physicist
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What is art but a way of seeing? Thomas Berger, novelist
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The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure Mikhail Baryshnikov, dancer
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One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
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The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious. Lester Bangs, critic
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Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. Voltaire, writer
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I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. Vincent Van Gogh, painter
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Inside you there's an artist you don't know about. He's not interested in how things look different in moonlight. Rumi, poet
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Art allows people a way to dream their way out of their struggle. Russell Simmons, businessman
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Insight is the first condition of Art. George Henry Lewes, philosopher
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A picture is a poem without words. Horace, poet
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We have art in order not to die of the truth. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher
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Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings. Agnes Martin, artist
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All human beings are born with the same creative potential. Most people squander theirs away on a million superflous things. I expend mine on one thing and one thing only: my art. Pablo Picasso, painter
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Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
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In art there are tears that lie too deep for thought. Louis Kronenberger, critic
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No great artist ever sees things as they really are, if he did he would cease to be an artist. Oscar Wilde, dramatist
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I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. Michelangelo Buonarroti,
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...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? Vincent Van Gogh, painter
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If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh, painter
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Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. Groucho Marx, comedian
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If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye. Honore de Balzac, novelist
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Art is the most beautiful of all lies. Claude Debussy, composer
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Through art we express our conception of what nature is not. Pablo Picasso, painter
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Writing is no dying art form in America because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps. Elizabeth George, author
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A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
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No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
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Modern paintings are like women, you'll never enjoy them if you try to understand them. Freddie Mercury, musician
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Because artists can be extremely eccentric and insane, and unfortunately, the people they hurt the most are the people that are closest to them. Maynard James Keenan, musician
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Art has an enemy called ignorance. Ben Johnson,
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Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. Pablo Picasso, painter
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Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them. Paul Hawken, environmentalist
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Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution. Theophile Gautier, poet
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Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas, artist
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The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher
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I paint objects as I think them not as I see them. Pablo Picasso, painter
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Art is either plagiarism or revolution. Paul Gauguin, artist
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Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life. Herman Hesse, author
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The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone. James Baldwin, educator
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An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why. William Faulkner,
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Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self. JeanLuc Godard,
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Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion. Vincent Van Gogh, painter
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An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. Charles Horton Cooley, sociologist
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For some reason I've been labeled that and it's fine, but there are a lot of other artists that sing real traditional stuff, so I don't know why they picked me. That's what I've always done. Alan Jackson, musician
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It is either easy or impossible. Salvador Dali, painter
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A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world. Edmond de Goncourt, writer
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Gay people are the sweetest, kindest, most artistic, warmest and most thoughtful people in the world. And since the beginning of time all they've ever been is kicked. Little Richard, musician
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Every artist writes his own autobiography. Havelock Ellis, psychologist
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Artists must be sacrificed to their art. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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Personality is everything in art and poetry. Johann von Goethe, writer
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If I spit, they will take my spit and frame it as great art. Pablo Picasso, painter
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Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. Pablo Picasso, painter
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It is the artist's business to create sunshine when the sun fails. Romain Rolland, novelist
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Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. Andre Gide, novelist
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Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. C. S. Lewis, author
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Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn't burn up any fossil fuel, doesn't pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance. Margaret Mead, scientist
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The true poem is the poet's mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract. Paul Klee, artist
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Art is a form of catharsis. Dorothy Parker, poet
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Art must take reality by surprise. Francoise Sagan, playwright
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The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind. Paracelsus, scientist
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Philosophy and Art both render the invisible visible by imagination. George Henry Lewes, philosopher
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Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman. Guillaume Apollinaire, novelist
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Nature is a revelation of God; Art a revelation of man. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
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There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. Pablo Picasso, painter
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I am an artist. I am here to live out loud. Emile Zola, novelist
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To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist. Robert Schumann, composer
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A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece. Ludwig Erhard, politician
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Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art. Carrie Fisher, actress
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An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have. Andy Warhol, artist
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All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life. Oscar Wilde, dramatist
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The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist. Novalis, poet
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Art is accusation, expression, passion. Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper. Gunter Grass, author
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Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. Stella Adler, actress
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Photography is a major force in explaining man to man. Edward Steichen, photographer
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Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
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Art is making something out of nothing and selling it. Frank Zappa, musician
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In the haunted house of life, art is the only stair that doesn’t squeak. Tom Robbins, author
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Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem. Lindsay Anderson, director
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Sunlight is painting. Nathaniel Hawthorne, novelist
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An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will. Willem de Kooning, artist
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The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people. Norman Mailer, novelist
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Give me a museum, and I'll fill it. Pablo Picasso, painter
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I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. Vincent Van Gogh, painter
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Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model. Vincent Van Gogh, painter
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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, artist
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I don't need the money, dear. I work for art. Maria Callas, musician
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I think most of the people involved in any art always secretly wonder whether they are really there because they're good or there because they're lucky. Katharine Hepburn, actress
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Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love. Claude Monet, artist
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Diplomacy: the art of restraining power. Henry A. Kissinger, diplomat
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Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully. William C. Bryant, poet
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There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad. Salvador Dali, painter
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Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything. Eugene Delacroix, artist
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In art as in love, instinct is enough. Anatole France, novelist
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The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity. Andre Gide, novelist
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Drawing is speaking to the eye; talking is painting to the ear. Joseph Joubert, writer
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Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life. Henry Miller, author
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What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism. Octavio Paz, poet
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The perfection of art is to conceal art. Edgar Quinet, historian
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Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words. Alexandr Solzhenitsyn,
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The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness. Max Eastman, author
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Right now, talking to you, I'm not even really a guy. I'm a monkey blowing kisses at a butterfly. Rives,
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You don't take a photograph, you make it. Ansel Adams, photographer
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The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing. Marcus Aurelius, emperor
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You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader
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The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
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I'd rather get back to making art than talk about it. Jock Sturges, photographer
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Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess? Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
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Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up. Miguel de Cervantes, novelist
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New arts destroy the old. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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Art is the path of the creator to his work. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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Art is man's expression of his joy in labor. William Morris, designer
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Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods. Iris Murdoch, author
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What better way to prove that you understand a subject than to make money out of it? Harold Rosenberg, writer
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The object of art is to give life a shape. Midsummer Nights Dream William Shakespeare, dramatist
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Labor is the beginning, the middle, and the end of art. Source Unknown,
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Taste! It doesn't exist. An artist makes beautiful things without being aware of it. Edgar Degas, artist
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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, painter
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The sole substitute for an experience which we have not ourselves lived through is art and literature. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, author
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Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance. Nancy Pelosi, politician
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The ego certainly is the biggest obstacle as an artist or performer, so any chance you get to destroy that is really healthy. James Van Der Beek, actor
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Art is the triumph over chaos. John Cheever, writer
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Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will-whatever we may think. Lawrence Durrell, writer
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To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy. Will Durant, historian
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In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth. Patti Smith, musician
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Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message. Malcolm Muggeridge, journalist
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An art aims, above all, at producing something beautiful which affects not our feelings but the organ of pure contemplation, our imagination. Eduard Hanslick, writer
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I just say I'm an artist who works with pictures and words. Barbara Kruger, artist
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Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane. Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno,
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Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity. Daniel Barenboim, musician
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Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it. Anthony Burgess, novelist
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