121 Best Inspirational Art Quotes to Inspire You

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The below inspirational art quotes tell you that art and love are both the same thing. Art is imagination and anything you can imagine can become reality. It helps you find yourself. The art quotes can help you to awaken the artist in you. Apart from these art quotes, you can read other motivational quotes on feeling alone, attraction, and uplifting quotes.

Here is a collection of inspirational art quotes to inspire you.

1. “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

2. “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

3. “Art and love are the same things: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” ― Chuck Klosterman

4. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ― Thomas Merton

5. “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” ― Pablo Picasso

6. “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso

7. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ― Pablo Picasso

8. “Everything you can imagine is real.” ― Pablo Picasso

9. “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” ― Vincent Willem van Gogh

10. “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola

11. “Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.” ― Woody Allen

12. “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

13. “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ― Edgar Degas

14. “Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.” ― Oscar Wilde

15. “Creativity takes courage.” ― Henri Matisse

16. “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” ― Oscar Wilde

17. “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ― Pablo Picasso

18. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” ― Pablo Picasso

19. “The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” ― Pablo Picasso

20. “The first mistake of art is to assume that it’s serious.” ― Lester Bangs

21. “The human body is the best work of art.” ― Jess C. Scott

22. “The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

23. “There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” ― Pablo Picasso

24. “We have art in order not to die of the truth.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

25. “A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.” ― Dylan Thomas

26. “An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.” ― J.D. Salinger

27. “Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.” ― Ossie Davis

28. “Art is the proper task of life.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

29. “Art is to console those who are broken by life.” ― Vincent van Gogh

30. “Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.” ― Flannery O’Connor

31. “Art without emotion is like chocolate cake without sugar. It makes you gag.” ― Laurie Halse Anderson

32. “Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.” ― G.K. Chesterton

33. “Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.” ― Alice Walker

34. “Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.” ― Jennifer Elisabeth

35. “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” ― Aristotle

36. “You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” ― George Bernard Shaw

37. “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

38. “Art is what you can get away with.” ― Andy Warhol

39. “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” ― Cesar A. Cruz

40. “Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.” ― Don Miguel Ruiz

41. “I want to be the best version of myself for anyone who is going to someday walk into my life and need someone to love them beyond reason.” ― Jennifer Elisabeth

42. “Imagination governs the world.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte

43. “Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.” ― Susan Sontag

44. “Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.” ― Danny Kaye

45. “Love the art in yourself, and not yourself in art.” ― Constantin Stanislavski

46. “Music is an outburst of the soul.” ― Frederick Delius

47. “The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” ― Walt Whitman

48. “We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given to us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.” ― Pablo Picasso

49. “A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.” ― Vladimir Nabokov

50. “Art is making something out of nothing, and selling it.” ― Frank Zappa

51. “Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mother’s face.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

52. “Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.” ― Donald Woods Winnicott

53. “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

54. “If one loves Art at all, one must love it beyond all other things in the world.” ― Oscar Wilde

55. “It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious.” ― John Irving

56. “Modern paintings are like women, you’ll never enjoy them if you try to understand them.” ― Freddie Mercury

57. “Self-motivation is an art, one should practice every now and then!” ― Somya Kedia

58. “There is an art to advanced consulting as well as a science; who you are is as important as what you do.” ― William A. Pasmore

59. “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward, you can remove all traces of reality.” ― Pablo Picasso

60. “Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” ― George Bernard Shaw

61. “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.” ― Andy Warhol

62. “An idea is a salvation by imagination.” ― Frank Lloyd Wright

63. “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” ― Oscar Wilde

64. “Art is the reason I get up in the morning, but the definition ends there. It doesn’t seem fair that I’m living for something I can’t even define.” ― Ani DiFranco

65. “Creativity is an act of defiance.” ― Twyla Tharp

66. “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” ― Andy Warhol

67. “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.” ― Pablo Casals

68. “The artist must possess the courageous soul that dares and defies.” ― Kate Chopin

69. “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” ― Henry David Thoreau

70. “Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer

71. “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” ― Jonathan Swift

72. “When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine.” ― Pablo Picasso

73. “A picture is a poem without words.” ― Horace

74. “Art is not a thing; it is a way.” ― Elbert Hubbard

75. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ― Scott Adams

76. “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

77. “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

78. “Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” ― Stella Adler

79. “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” ― Pablo Picasso

80. “The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” ― Michelangelo

81. “When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration.” ― Edward Steichen

82. “Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself and dies of all others.” ― Albert Camus

83. “Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.” ― Winston Churchill

84. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ― Ansel Adams

85. “Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.” ― Jean Cocteau

86. “Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” ― Paul Gauguin

87. “Art is nature speeded up and God slowed down.” ― Malcolm de Chazal

88. “Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.” ― John Ruskin

89. “Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.” ― Harry S Truman

90. “Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.” ― Amy Lowell

91. “Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.” ― Thomas Wolfe

92. “Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and express your pleasure strongly.” ― Pierre Bonnard

93. “Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort.” ― Robert Quillen

94. “I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.” ― Roy Lichtenstein

95. “If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.” ― Honore de Balzac

96. “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” ― Francis Bacon

97. “An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.” ― Langston Hughes

98. “Art consists of limitations. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.” ― Gilbert K. Chesterton

99. “Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” ― Leo Tolstoy

100. “Art resides in the quality of doing, the process is not magic.” ― Charles Eames

101. “Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” ― Stephen Sondheim

102. “Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.” ― Salvador Dali

103. “Painting and writing are solitary arts.” ― Conrad Hall

104. “Painting is by nature a luminous language.” ― Robert Delaunay

105. “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” ― Dorothea Lange

106. “The artist’s vocation is to send light into the human heart.” ― George Sand

107. “The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.” ― Dale Carnegie

108. “The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

109. “An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” ― James Whistler

110. “Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.” ― Andre Gide

111. “Art cannot be modern. Art is primordially eternal.” ― Egon Schiele

112. “Art is a harmony parallel with nature.” ― Paul Cezanne

113. “Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.” ― Frank Zappa

114. “Art is the most beautiful of all lies.” ― Claude Debussy

115. “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” ― Twyla Tharp

116. “Art must take reality by surprise.” ― Francoise Sagan

117. “If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.” ― Arne Jacobsen

118. “Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.” ― Jackson Pollock

119. “Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible.” ― Balthus

120. “The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.” ― Abraham Lincoln

121. “The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” ― Jerzy Kosinski

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