100+ Moving Quotes About Art

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Art has been created and enjoyed since the beginning of humankind. Art takes many forms including painting, drawing, writing, acting, music, and more. It serves as therapy, expression, protest, and entertainment. Many a beautiful word has been written about art. We have compiled the best quotes about art from artists, […]

Art has been created and enjoyed since the beginning of humankind. Art takes many forms including painting, drawing, writing, acting, music, and more. It serves as therapy, expression, protest, and entertainment. Many a beautiful word has been written about art. We have compiled the best quotes about art from artists, writers, actors, politicians, and philosophers. Check out our list below and be prepared to inspire your students (and yourself!) to create.

Quotes About Art by Famous Visual Artists

I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality. —Frida Kahlo

I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality. —Frida Kahlo- quotes about art

Art is never finished. Only abandoned. —Leonardo da Vinci

Art is never finished. Only abandoned. —Leonardo da Vinci

A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others. —Salvador Dalí

A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others. —Salvador Dalí

The task of the artist is to make the human being uncomfortable. —Lucian Freud

The task of the artist is to make the human being uncomfortable. —Lucian Freud- quotes about art

Art is nothing but humanized science. —Gino Severini

Art is nothing but humanized science. —Gino Severini

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

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

We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents. —Bob Ross

We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents. —Bob Ross- quotes about art

Creativity takes courage. —Henri Matisse

Creativity takes courage. —Henri Matisse

If I knew what the picture was going to be like, I wouldn’t make it. —Cindy Sherman

I have been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I have never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. —Georgia O’Keeffe

I have been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I have never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. —Georgia O'Keeffe- quotes about art

Art is my life and my life is art. —Yoko Ono

Art is my life and my life is art. —Yoko Ono

It isn’t until the painter has no idea what he’s doing that he makes good paintings. —Edgar Degas

It isn’t until the painter has no idea what he’s doing that he makes good paintings. —Edgar Degas

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

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. —Pablo Picasso- quotes about art

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. —Leonardo da Vinci

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. —Leonardo da Vinci

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. —James McNeill Whistler

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. —James McNeill Whistler

The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep. —Paul Strand

The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep. —Paul Strand- quotes about art

The sculptor, and the painter also, should be trained in these liberal arts: grammar, geometry, philosophy, medicine, astronomy, perspective, history, anatomy, theory of design, arithmetic. —Lorenzo Ghiberti

The sculptor, and the painter also, should be trained in these liberal arts: grammar, geometry, philosophy, medicine, astronomy, perspective, history, anatomy, theory of design, arithmetic. —Lorenzo Ghiberti

Art is the greatest form of hope. —Banksy

There is only one thing valuable in art: the thing you cannot explain. —Georges Braque

There is only one thing valuable in art: the thing you cannot explain. —Georges Braque- quotes about art

I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists. —Marcel Duchamp

I don't believe in art. I believe in artists. —Marcel Duchamp

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. —Al Hirschfeld

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. —Al Hirschfeld

Quotes About Art by Philosophers

The great artists of the past were aware that human life is full of chaos and suffering. But they had a remedy for this. And the name of that remedy was “beauty.” The beautiful work of art brings consolation in sorrow and affirmation in joy. It shows human life to be worthwhile. —Roger Scruton

The great artists of the past were aware that human life is full of chaos and suffering. But they had a remedy for this. And the name of that remedy was

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. —Aristotle

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. —Aristotle

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. —Francis Bacon

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. —Francis Bacon

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. —Charles Horton Cooley

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. —Charles Horton Cooley- quotes about art

When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality, they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man’s name live for thousands of years. —Denis Diderot

When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality, they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years. —Denis Diderot

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

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

Ideas matter—and philosophy is the art of thinking about them rigorously. In my view, that should be done in as public a forum as possible. —Sam Harris

Ideas matter—and philosophy is the art of thinking about them rigorously. In my view, that should be done in as public a forum as possible. —Sam Harris- quotes about art

Art expresses those unexplainable thoughts of our soul. —Debasish Mridha

Art expresses those unexplainable thoughts of our soul. —Debasish Mridha

Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it. —Leon Trotsky

Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it. —Leon Trotsky

We have art so that we shall not die of reality. —Friedrich Nietzsche

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Art has no end but its own perfection. —Plato

Art has no end but its own perfection. —Plato

The perfection of art is to conceal art. —Quintilian

The perfection of art is to conceal art. —Quintilian

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless. —Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless. —Jean-Jacques Rousseau- quotes about art

Psychology is a science and teaching is an art; and sciences never generate arts directly out of themselves. —William James

Psychology is a science and teaching is an art; and sciences never generate arts directly out of themselves. —William James

History is as much an art as a science. —Ernest Renan

History is as much an art as a science. —Ernest Renan

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. —Voltaire

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. —Voltaire- quotes about art

The urge to destroy is also a creative urge. —Mikhail Bakunin

The urge to destroy is also a creative urge. —Mikhail Bakunin

Quotes About Art by Composers and Musicians

Trying to force creativity is never good. —Sarah McLachlan

Trying to force creativity is never good. —Sarah McLachlan

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it. —Frank Zappa

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it. —Frank Zappa- quotes about art

To be deprived of art and left alone with philosophy is to be close to hell. —Igor Stravinsky

To be deprived of art and left alone with philosophy is to be close to hell. —Igor Stravinsky

Composition is a way of living out your philosophy and calling it art. —Brian Eno

Composition is a way of living out your philosophy and calling it art. —Brian Eno

Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy. —Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky- quotes about art

If it is art, it is not for all, and if it is for all, it is not art. —Arnold Schoenberg

If it is art, it is not for all, and if it is for all, it is not art. —Arnold Schoenberg

Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets. —Ludwig van Beethoven

Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets. —Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is at once the product of feeling and knowledge, for it requires from its disciples, composers, and performers alike, not only talent and enthusiasm, but also that knowledge and perception which are the result of protracted study and reflection. Alban Berg

Music is at once the product of feeling and knowledge, for it requires from its disciples, composers, and performers alike, not only talent and enthusiasm, but also that knowledge and perception which are the result of protracted study and reflection. —Alban Berg- quotes about art

The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another … and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world. Leonard Bernstein

The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another ... and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world. —Leonard Bernstein

Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple awesomely simple, that’s creativity. —Charles Mingus

Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple awesomely simple, that’s creativity. —Charles Mingus

Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. —Yo-Yo Ma

Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. —Yo-Yo Ma- quotes about art

The first mistake of art is to assume that it’s serious. —Lester Bangs

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that. … I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it. —John Lennon

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that. ... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it. —John Lennon

I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences. —Jim Morrison

I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences. —Jim Morrison- quotes about art

Quotes About Art by Writers

Art is the stored honey of the human soul. —Theodore Dreiser

Art is the stored honey of the human soul. —Theodore Dreiser

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. —Kurt Vonnegut

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. —Kurt Vonnegut

In scorn of nature, art gave lifeless life. —William Shakespeare

In scorn of nature, art gave lifeless life. —William Shakespeare- quotes about art

Art and religion first; then philosophy; lastly science. That is the order of the great subjects of life, that’s their order of importance. —Muriel Spark

Art and religion first; then philosophy; lastly science. That is the order of the great subjects of life, that's their order of importance. —Muriel Spark- quotes about art

Artists are always the Johnny Appleseeds of gentrification. —Scott Hutchins

Artists are always the Johnny Appleseeds of gentrification. —Scott Hutchins

Writing is the painting of the voice. —Voltaire

Writing is the painting of the voice. —Voltaire

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

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

The art of writing is the manipulation of words to ease the mind and free the imagination. —Danielle Maistry

The art of writing is the manipulation of words to ease the mind and free the imagination. —Danielle Maistry

All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike. —Maya Angelou

All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike. —Maya Angelou

The world is but a canvas to our imagination. —Henry David Thoreau

The world is but a canvas to our imagination. —Henry David Thoreau- quotes about art

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s art. —Philip James Bailey

Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s art. —Philip James Bailey

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to to do with the fact that other people want what they want. Indeed, the moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist and becomes a dull or an amusing craftsman, an honest or a dishonest tradesman. —Oscar Wilde

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to to do with the fact that other people want what they want. Indeed, the moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist and becomes a dull or an amusing craftsman, an honest or a dishonest tradesman. —Oscar Wilde- quotes about art

Artists are here to disturb the peace. —James Baldwin

Artists are here to disturb the peace. —James Baldwin

The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke. —Jerzy Kosinski

The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke. —Jerzy Kosinski

The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them. —Anton Chekhov

The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them. —Anton Chekhov- quotes about art

Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. —Anais Nin

Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. —Anais Nin

Art and science have their meeting point in method. —Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Art and science have their meeting point in method. —Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death. —William Blake

Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death. —William Blake- quotes about art

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

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

My idea of heaven is to wake up, have a good breakfast, and spend the rest of the day drawing. —Peter Falk

My idea of heaven is to wake up, have a good breakfast, and spend the rest of the day drawing. —Peter Falk

Quotes About Art by Mathematicians and Scientists

The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see. —John Tukey

The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see. —John Tukey- quotes about art

Creativity is intelligence having fun. —Albert Einstein

Creativity is intelligence having fun. —Albert Einstein

The greatest artists are scientists as well. —Albert Einstein

The greatest artists are scientists as well. —Albert Einstein

Science is the art of the solvable. —Peter Medawar

Science is the art of the solvable. —Peter Medawar- quotes about art

The worst scientist is he who is not an artist; the worst artist is he who is not a scientist. —Armand Trousseau

The worst scientist is he who is not an artist; the worst artist is he who is not a scientist. —Armand Trousseau

There is an art to science and a science in art; the two are not enemies, but different aspects of the whole. —Isaac Asimov

There is an art to science and a science in art; the two are not enemies, but different aspects of the whole. —Isaac Asimov

All great scientists have, in a certain sense, been great artists; the man with no imagination may collect facts, but he cannot make great discoveries. —Karl Pearson

All great scientists have, in a certain sense, been great artists; the man with no imagination may collect facts, but he cannot make great discoveries. —Karl Pearson- quotes about art

Science provides an understanding of a universal experience. Arts provide a universal understanding of a personal experience. —Mae Jemison

All great scientists have, in a certain sense, been great artists; the man with no imagination may collect facts, but he cannot make great discoveries. —Karl Pearson

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

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

Through art and science in their broadest senses, it is possible to make a permanent contribution towards the improvement and enrichment of human life, and it is these pursuits that we students are engaged in. —Frederick Sanger

Through art and science in their broadest senses, it is possible to make a permanent contribution towards the improvement and enrichment of human life, and it is these pursuits that we students are engaged in. —Frederick Sanger- quotes about art

Art is “I,” science is “we.” —Claude Bernard

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Quotes About Art by Actors and Directors

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without. —Cecil B. DeMille

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without. —Cecil B. DeMille

I just wanted to paint and sketch and tell stories by drawing. —Robert Redford

I just wanted to paint and sketch and tell stories by drawing. —Robert Redford- quotes about art

Acting is my way of investigating human nature and having fun at the same time. —Meryl Streep

Acting is my way of investigating human nature and having fun at the same time. —Meryl Streep

Empathy is at the heart of the actor’s art. —Meryl Streep

Empathy is at the heart of the actor's art. —Meryl Streep

Art is about trying to find the good in people and making the world a more compassionate place. —Keanu Reeves

Art is about trying to find the good in people and making the world a more compassionate place. —Keanu Reeves- quotes about art

Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation. —Bette Davis

Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation. —Bette Davis

Technology is technology and then art form, and people’s creativity is another thing. Anything that helps an artist do anything—great! Technology for technology’s sake doesn’t mean much to me anyway. —Tim Burton

Technology is technology and then art form, and people’s creativity is another thing. Anything that helps an artist do anything—great! Technology for technology's sake doesn’t mean much to me anyway. —Tim Burton

Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world. —Alan Rickman

Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world. —Alan Rickman- quotes about art

Forget the audience, make what you want to see. —Sofia Coppola

Forget the audience, make what you want to see. —Sofia Coppola

If a million people see my movie, I hope they see a million different movies. —Quentin Tarantino

If a million people see my movie, I hope they see a million different movies. —Quentin Tarantino

I dream for a living. —Steven Spielberg

I dream for a living. —Steven Spielberg- quotes about art

The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself. —Peter Jackson

The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself. —Peter Jackson

Quotes About Art by Famous Political Figures

Art is man’s expression of joy in labor. —Henry Kissinger

Art is man's expression of joy in labor. —Henry Kissinger

We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. —President John F. Kennedy

We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. —President John F. Kennedy- quotes about art

The arts and humanities teach us who we are and what we can be. They lie at the very core of the culture of which we’re a part. —President Ronald Reagan

The arts and humanities teach us who we are and what we can be. They lie at the very core of the culture of which we're a part. —President Ronald Reagan

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. —President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. —President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Artists reach areas far beyond the reach of politicians. Art, especially entertainment and music, is understood by everybody, and it lifts the spirits and the morale of those who hear it. —Nelson Mandela

Artists reach areas far beyond the reach of politicians. Art, especially entertainment and music, is understood by everybody, and it lifts the spirits and the morale of those who hear it. —Nelson Mandela- quotes about art

The arts are what makes life worth living. You’ve got food, you’ve got shelter, yeah. But the things that make you laugh, make you cry, make you connect, make you love are communicated through the arts. They aren’t extras. —President Barack Obama

The arts are what makes life worth living. You've got food, you've got shelter, yeah. But the things that make you laugh, make you cry, make you connect, make you love are communicated through the arts. They aren't extras. —President Barack Obama

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. —Winston Churchill

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. —Winston Churchill

Art is to beauty what honor is to honesty. —Winston Churchill

Art is to beauty what honor is to honesty. —Winston Churchill- quotes about art

A world turned into a stereotype, a society converted into a regiment, a life translated into a routine, make it difficult for either art or artists to survive. Crush individuality in society and you crush art as well. Nourish the conditions of a free life and you nourish the arts, too. —President Franklin D. Roosevelt

A world turned into a stereotype, a society converted into a regiment, a life translated into a routine, make it difficult for either art or artists to survive. Crush individuality in society and you crush art as well. Nourish the conditions of a free life and you nourish the arts, too. —President Franklin D. Roosevelt- quotes about art

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