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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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No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist. Salvador Dali, painter
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To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature. Auguste Rodin, sculptor
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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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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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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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To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist. Robert Schumann, composer
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An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. Charles Horton Cooley, sociologist
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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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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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I had been stockpiling Gospel songs for other artists, and had planned to submit them to Gospel artists. Smokey Robinson, musician
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I am an artist. I am here to live out loud. Emile Zola, novelist
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To me, what makes an artist is a unique personality that they're not afraid to let show. Blake Shelton, musician
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The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist. Novalis, poet
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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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As an artist you have to have a certain amount of arrogance. Kim Weston, photographer
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A great book provides escapism for me. The artistry and the creativity in a story are better than any drugs. Wentworth Miller, actor
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The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness. Max Eastman, author
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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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Taste! It doesn't exist. An artist makes beautiful things without being aware of it. Edgar Degas, artist
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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 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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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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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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Artists should always think of themselves as cosmic instruments for storytelling. Ted Lange, actor
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I just say I'm an artist who works with pictures and words. Barbara Kruger, artist
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For the serious artist does not satisfy needs Anthony Burgess, novelist
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When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you will become a general. If you become a monk, then you will end up as Pope.' Instead, I became a painter, and wound up as Picasso. Pablo Picasso, painter
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There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman. Emile Zola, novelist
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The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. Pablo Picasso, painter
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The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, poet
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Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts. Walker Evans, photographer
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Sooner or later people will learn to recognize your worth Paul Gauguin, artist
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In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist's signature. Carl Sagan, scientist
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Artists are the monks of the bourgeois state. Cesare Pavese, poet
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I am not an angel and do not pretend to be. That is not one of my roles. But I am not the devil either. I am a woman and a serious artist, and I would like so to be judged. Maria Callas, musician
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As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler. Izaak Walton, writer
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Unauthorized use of these MP3 files is really creating a problem for artists in the music community. Hilary Rosen, businesswoman
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The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others. Vincent Van Gogh, painter
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Do you want to be an artist and a writer, or a wife and a lover? With kids, your focus changes. I don't want to go to PTA meetings. Stevie Nicks, musician
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Part of the joy of looking at art is getting in sync in some ways with the decision-making process that the artist used and the record that's embedded in the work. Chuck Close, artist
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The first time I sang with David Daniels... I had never performed with a countertenor before. That first time was magic, it was so beautiful. And he's such a great artist. Cecilia Bartoli, musician
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Artists who write songs... what they're going through usually comes through in their music. Terri Clark, musician
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An artist is nothing without his or her obsessions, and I have mine. Andres Serrano, photographer
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To say that an artist sells out means that an artist is making a conscious choice to compromise his music, to to weaken his music for the sake of commercial gain. Ken Burns, director
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I discovered that it was a lonely world being a solo artist. Then I started working with another solo artist, Rod Stewart, and he used to tell me how lonely he was! Andy Taylor, musician
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I want to solidify as an artist and show that as I grow as a person and make mistakes and learn from them, I'm going to grow artistically. Eminem, musician
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In the artist's recreation of the world we are enabled to see the world. John W. Gardner, educator
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The best artist has that thought alone Which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor's hand can only break the spell To free the figures slumbering in the stone Michelangelo Buonarroti,
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In reality, however, an artist is a product of art Harold Rosenberg, writer
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The modern artist must live by craft and violence. His gods are violent gods. Those artists, so called, whose work does not show this strife, are uninteresting. Ezra Pound, poet
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No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times. Martha Graham, dancer
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Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced. Leo Tolstoy, novelist
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It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color - not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression. Henri Matisse, artist
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The cultured man is an artist, an artist in humanity. Ashley Montagu, scientist
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Writing is very much a playground - an artistic playground. It's the most fun thing I do. Shania Twain, musician
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Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul. W. Somerset Maugham, playwright
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An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness. Henry Miller, author
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I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good. Barbra Streisand, actress
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You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks. The artist is always there. Maria Callas, musician
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Failure and its accompanying misery is for the artist his most vital source of creative energy. Montgomery Clift, actor
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I think most paintings are a record of the decisions that the artist made. I just perhaps make them a little clearer than some people have. Chuck Close, artist
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The important man is not the artist, but the businessman who, in the marketplace and on the battlefield, holds the reins in his hands. John Heartfield, artist
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The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work. Berthold Auerbach, poet
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In a portrait, I Henri CartierBresson,
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Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike. Margot Fonteyn, dancer
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This comes from dangling from the ceiling Michelangelo Buonarroti,
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The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. Pablo Picasso, painter
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A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption. James Thurber, comedian
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We live in an age where the artist is forgotten. He is a researcher. I see myself that way. David Hockney, artist
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The notion of making money by popular work, and then retiring to do good work, is the most familiar of all the devil's traps for artists. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic
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Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately. Saul Bellow, novelist
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The worst sin that can be committed against the artist is to take him at his word, to see in his work a fulfillment instead of an horizon. Henry Miller, author
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Caught up in life, you see it badly. You suffer from it or enjoy it too much. The artist, in my opinion, is a monstrosity, something outside of nature. Gustave Flaubert, novelist
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It is the artist who realizes that there is a supreme force above him and works gladly away as a small apprentice under God's heaven. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, author
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Dear disgruntled artists: the key to success isn't kicking down the door; it's building your own. Brian Celio, novelist
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You're going to be entertained. But when you finish hearing me singing, you're going to want to keep going, and you're going to keep believing and that's the kind of artist I am. Jacob Lusk, musician
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A record deal doesn't make you an artist; you make yourself an artist. Lady Gaga, musician
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At my second record label, they told me and other female artists that some of us were going on the chopping block. I was 19... and it was devastating. Katy Perry, musician
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I've always loved the experience of working together with other people toward an artistic goal. Trey Anastasio, musician
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Artists instinctively want to reflect humanity, their own and each other's, in all its intermittent virtue and vitality, frailty and fallibility. Tom Hiddleston, actor
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You want to throw yourself in as many uncomfortable places as possible, if you want to build muscles in uncomfortable parts of your body and grow as an artist. Hamish Linklater, actor
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As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this. Paul Robeson, actor
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An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it. Paul Valery, poet
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I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Albert Einstein, physicist
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The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize. Robert Hughes, critic
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A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong. Orson Welles, actor
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I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time. Orson Welles, actor
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Unless artists can remember what it was to be a little boy, they are only half complete as artist and as man. James Thurber, comedian
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The arrogance of the artist is a very profound thing, and it fortifies you. James A. Michener, novelist
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Glorious bouquets and storms of applause are the trimmings which every artist naturally enjoys. Golda Meir, leader
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I think most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it's a painful, difficult search within. Louise Berliawsky Nevelson, sculptor
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God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things. Pablo Picasso, painter
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What kind of morons do you have working at newspapers in Austin that would base an entire review of an artist's performance on whether or not they had a good seat? Al Yankovic, comedian
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We are going to finish this picture just the way I want it... because you cannot compromise an artist's vision. Ed Wood, director
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The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces. Thomas Aquinas, theologian
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If you live through the initial stage of fame and get past it, and remember thats not who you are. If you live past that, then you have a hope of maybe learning how to spell the word artist. Patrick Swayze, actor
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Artists aren't really people. And I'm actually 40 per cent papier mache. Steven Morrissey, musician
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There was never any effort made out there to improve the artist. Jackie Cooper, actor
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I think we have to bottom out. When the studios jump out of the ring, perhaps the artist can get back in. Don Bluth, animator
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As both a fine artist and a graphic designer, I specialize in the visual presentation of words. John Langdon, politician
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When you actually meet the devil and he offers you a deal most artists eventually negotiate. Marc Maron, entertainer
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I don't think I'm in any position to call myself a martial artist. I'm a student of the martial arts. Lou Reed, musician
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An artist is somebody who enters into competition with God. Patti Smith, musician
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The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not. The work is a private matter for the artist. The house is not. Adolf Loos, architect
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The Constitution wanted artists to have control over their works because they knew it would create incentive to create more works. That is clearly still the goal. Hilary Rosen, businesswoman
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To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists. Arnold Bennett, novelist
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I could draw Bloom County with my nose and pay my cleaning lady to write it, and I'd bet I wouldn't lose 10 % of my papers over the next twenty years. Such is the nature of comic-strips. Once established, their half-life is usually more than nuclear waste. Berke Breathed,
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In a certain sense every creative person is a reformer, but this does not mean that he must be in his work a propagandist for good roads, shorter hours, and a low tariff. All these are excellent things, but they need not be the concern of the artist. Heywood Broun, journalist
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The artist has one function--to affirm and glorify life. W. Edward Brown,
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Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it creative observation. Creative viewing. William S. Burroughs, writer
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In order to create, we draw from our inner well. This inner well, an artistic reservoir, is ideally like a well stocked fish pond... If we don Julia Cameron, author
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The role of the artist I now understood as that of revealing through the world-surfaces the implicit forms of the soul, and the great agent to assist the artist was the myth. Joseph Campbell, author
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The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep. Marc Chagall, artist
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The artist, a traveller on this earth, leaves behind imperishable traces of his being. Francois Delsarte,
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What is an artist? A provincial who finds himself somewhere between a physical reality and a metaphysical one. It's this in-between...this frontier country between the tangible world and the intangible one -- which is really the realm of the artist. Federico Fellini, director
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The flat sound of my wooden clogs on the cobblestones, deep, hollow and powerful, is the note I seek in my painting. Paul Gauguin, artist
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But I owe something to Vincent, and that is, in the consciousness of having been useful to him, the confirmation of my own original ideas about painting. And also, at difficult moments, the remembrance that one finds others unhappier than oneself. Paul Gauguin, artist
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My role in society, or any artist or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all. John Lennon, musician
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There is a relationship between cartooning and people like Mir? and Picasso which may not be understood by the cartoonist, but it definitely is related even in the early Disney. Roy Lichtenstein, artist
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In this world, artists are joyous. Unpredictability is the life of their paintings, their music, their novels. They delight in events not forecasted, happenings without explanation, retrospective. Alan Lightman,
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Painting is a magical process that I like, where you conjure something out of nothing; you get a little idea that leads you through ... You can go into a trance while you're doing it, so it's a nice contrast to real life. Paul McCartney, musician
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Behind every painting is a secret and inexplicable desire. Behind mine is this:I want to make a painting that can tear a person in two. I want to make a painting that can make a person who has been torn in two whole again. I want them to be the same painting. Clayton F. Merrell,
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Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint. Georgia O'Keeffe, artist
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Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning. Katherine Anne Porter, journalist
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All truly great art is optimistic. The individual artist is happy in his creative work. The fact that practically all great art is tragic does not in any way change the above thesis. Upton Sinclair, author
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The artist should be a seeing-eye dog for a myopic civilization. Jacob Getlar Smith,
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My drawings have been described as pre-internationalist, meaning that they were finished before the ideas for them had occurred to me. I shall not argue the point. James Thurber, comedian
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Once in his lifetime every artist feels the hand of God and creates something that comes alive. Crane Wilbur, writer
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I completely take on the risk, the poker game, which being an artist means, and I'm going to try to make a film which honestly reflects what I have in my head. Antonio Banderas, actor
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All men are somewhat ridiculous and grotesque, just because they are men; and in this respect artists might well be regarded as man multiplied by two. So it is, was, and shall be. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel, poet
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The war was a mirror; it reflected man's every virtue and every vice, and if you looked closely, like an artist at his drawings, it showed up both with unusual clarity. George Grosz, artist
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A work of art is one through which the consciousness of the artist is able to give its emotions to anyone who is prepared to receive them. There is no such thing as bad art. Muriel Rukeyser, poet
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The best artist has that thought alone Which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor's hand can only break the spell To free the figures slumbering in the stone. Michelangelo, sculptor
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The crucial discovery was made that, in order to become painting, the universe seen by the artist had to become a private one created by himself. Andre Malraux, author
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The artist is an educator of artists of the future who are able to understand and in the process of understanding perform unexpected - the best - evolutions. Saul Steinberg, artist
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An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc. Henri Matisse, artist
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Originality depends only on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist. Georges Seurat, artist
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An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language. Henri Matisse, artist
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I don't know what makes someone hip. The goal is artist achievement and the best work we can do with no limitation. Rick Rubin, businessman
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When you give an artist a canvas, you shouldn't tell him exactly how much paint to put on it, or exactly how sharp the images should be. You should let the artist get going. Reed Hundt, public servant
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The artists who stand out to me have a passion for what they do. There are a lot of people who can sing. It's just like when you go to church and people are singing because it sounds good, not because it feels good. There's a difference. Jill Scott, musician
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I have often heard the statement made by foreign singers, as a demonstrated fact, that the German artists are artists in feeling indeed, and serious in their devotion, but that their singing is crude. Anton Seidl, celebrity
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Perhaps it's good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life? Aldous Huxley, novelist
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I really want to do more mature, artistic, twisted, edgy films. That is my goal. Lucas Grabeel, actor
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I have many favorite artists... Van Gogh as one, but he didn't really sing a lot! Colin Mochrie, actor
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Of course we've been fighting against stereotypes from Day One at East West. That's the reason we formed: to combat that, and to show we are capable of more than just fulfilling the stereotypes - waiter, laundryman, gardener, martial artist, villain. Mako, actor
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I'm not a boy now. I'm a man, I hope. I hope I've had my artistic bar mitzvah somewhere. Jeremy Piven, actor
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I'm not gonna say that I hate it, because I really respect Usher and I was influenced by him. But so many people compare me to him, and I don't think it'll ever stop. I just want to be my own artist. Chris Brown, musician
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