Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
Art begins with resistance, at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
G. K. Chesterton
Art does not imitate, but interpret.
Art doesn’t have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.
Sydney Gurewitz Clemens
Art inspires, produces an unwillingness to settle for what we have and a desire for something better. It is the product and producer of creative activity, change; it is essential for continuous development.
Russell L. Ackoff
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant or a child in its mother’s womb.
Art is an intersection of many human needs.
Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.
Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind.
Art is literacy of the heart.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
Theodor W. Adorno
Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.
Art is not a thing, it is a way.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?
Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.
Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
Alfred North Whitehead
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
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.
Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.
Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality.
Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make.
Art remains the one way possible of speaking truth.
Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
Art suffers the moment other people start paying for it.
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
G. K. Chesterton
Art’s whatever you choose to frame.
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.
In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet.
It is no wonder if Art frequently prefers Illusion to Truth: for Illusion is her servant, but Truth her mistress.
Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
The arts do live continuously, and they live literally by faith; their names and their shapes and their uses and their basic meanings survive unchanged in all that matters through times of interruption, diminishment, neglect; they outlive governments and creeds and the societies, even the very civilization that produced them. They cannot be destroyed altogether because they represent the substance of faith and the only reality. They are what we find again when the ruins are cleared away.
Katherine Anne Porter
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don’t believe that only art matters, I do believe in art for art’s sake.
E. M. Forster