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  He who loves music learns to soothe his own sorrows.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.  
 -  Abraham Maslow
  

  The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them.  
 -  Alan B. Watts
  

  If the world were clear, art would not exist.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.  
 -  Alexander Calder
  

  Democracy is the art of thinking independently together  
 -  Alexander Meiklejohn
  

  Art is the demonstration that the ordinary is extraordinary.  
 -  Amedee Ozenfant
  

  The poet is one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.  
 -  Andre Gide
  

  Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.  
 -  Andy Warhol
  

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

  Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.  
 -  Arthur Schopenhauer
  

  The effect of music is so very much more powerful and penetrating than is that of the other arts, for these others speak only of the shadow, but music of the essence.  
 -  Arthur Schopenhauer
  

  Half of art is knowing when to stop.  
 -  Arthur William Radford
  

  To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.  
 -  Auguste Rodin
  

  To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.  
 -  Auguste Rodin
  

  An artist reveals his naked soul in his work.  
 -  Ayn Rand
  

  Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.  
 -  Berthold Auerbach
  

  If creating life is art, then living and dying must be poetry.  
 -  Bethany Jane Andrews Hoey
  

  Art is the signature of civilization.  
 -  Beverly Sills
  

  Music can save people, but it can't in the commercial way it's being used. It's just too much. It's pollution.  
 -  Bob Dylan
  

  One good thing about music - when it hits you, you feel no pain.  
 -  Bob Marley
  

  Music can change the world because it can change people.  
 -  Bono
  

  Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.  
 -  Bruce Lee
  

  Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.  
 -  Carl Sandburg
  

  An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.  
 -  Charles Bukowski
  

  If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week.  
 -  Charles Darwin
  

  Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage.  
 -  Charles Dickens
  

  There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books.  
 -  Charlie Chaplin
  

  Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.  
 -  Cyril Connolly
  

  The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.  
 -  Dale Carnegie
  

  If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.  
 -  David Carradine
  

  There's no need to believe what an artist says. Believe what he does; that's what counts.  
 -  David Hockney
  

  If you can see yourself as an artist, and you can see that your life is your own creation, then why not create the most beautiful story for yourself?  
 -  Don Miguel Ruiz
  

  Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.  
 -  Dwight D. Eisenhower
  

  Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.  
 -  E. Y. Harburg
  

  All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.  
 -  Eckhart Tolle
  

  To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.  
 -  Edgar Allan Poe
  

  Poetry is the deification of reality.  
 -  Edith Sitwell
  

  Art is a partnership not only between those who are living but between those who are dead and those who are yet to be born.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  Style is the image of character.  
 -  Edward Gibbon
  

  If apple is the language of the future, then art must be the core.  
 -  Elliot Eisner
  

  If I cannot overwhelm with my quality, I will overwhelm with my quantity.  
 -  Emile Zola
  

  Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word.  
 -  Eric Gill
  

  The artist is the antenna of the race.  
 -  Ezra Pound
  

  Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.  
 -  Frank Lloyd Wright
  

  Art is the supreme task and the truly metaphysical activity in this life.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  Without music, life would be a mistake.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  Art is the signature of man.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  Rap music is just computerised crap. I listen to Top of the Pops and after three songs I feel like killing someone.  
 -  George Harrison
  

  Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in the art: The thing you cannot explain.  
 -  Georges Braque
  

  I hate flowers. I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.  
 -  Georgia O'Keefe
  

  Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.  
 -  Gustave Flaubert
  

  An artist who theorizes about his work is no longer artist but critic.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  If it is true that the violin is the most perfect of musical instruments, then Greek is the violin of human thought.  
 -  Helen Keller
  

  I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.  
 -  Helena Bonham Carter
  

  Precision is not reality.  
 -  Henri Matisse
  

  Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.  
 -  Henry Miller
  

  Life is brief, art is long.  
 -  Hippocrates
  

  If heaven will grant me but ten more years of life, or even five more years, I could become a true artist.  
 -  Hokusai, on his deathbed at the age of 90
  

  What is art? Nature concentrated.  
 -  Honore De Balzac
  

  Rap music is just computerised crap. I listen to Top of the Pops and after three songs I feel like killing someone.  
 -  George Harrison
  

  Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in the art: The thing you cannot explain.  
 -  Georges Braque
  

  I hate flowers. I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.  
 -  Georgia O'Keefe
  

  Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.  
 -  Gustave Flaubert
  

  An artist who theorizes about his work is no longer artist but critic.  
 -  H. G. Wells
  

  If it is true that the violin is the most perfect of musical instruments, then Greek is the violin of human thought.  
 -  Helen Keller
  

  I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.  
 -  Helena Bonham Carter
  

  Precision is not reality.  
 -  Henri Matisse
  

  Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.  
 -  Henry Miller
  

  Life is brief, art is long.  
 -  Hippocrates
  

  If heaven will grant me but ten more years of life, or even five more years, I could become a true artist.  
 -  Hokusai, on his deathbed at the age of 90
  

  What is art? Nature concentrated.  
 -  Honore De Balzac
  

  Every good painter paints what he is.  
 -  Jackson Pollack
  

  The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.  
 -  James Baldwin
  

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

  The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.  
 -  Jawaharlal Nehru
  

  If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.  
 -  Jean Piaget
  

  No one should be allowed to play the violin until he has mastered it.  
 -  Jim Fiebig
  

  Music is a safe kind of high.  
 -  Jimi Hendrix
  

  We want our sound to go into the soul of the audience, and see if it can awaken some little thing in their minds... 'Cause there are so many sleeping people.  
 -  Jimi Hendrix
  

  One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

  It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

  Individuality of expression is the beginning and end of all art.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

  Art is the triumph over chaos.  
 -  John Cheever
  

  Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.  
 -  John F. Kennedy, Amherst College, 1963
  

  Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.  
 -  John Lubbock
  

  Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.  
 -  John Singer Sargent
  

  All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.  
 -  John Stuart Mill
  

  What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.  
 -  John Updike
  

  Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance.  
 -  Jon Franklin
  

  Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.  
 -  Jonathan Swift
  

  Truly fine poetry must be read aloud. A good poem does not allow itself to be read in a low voice or silently. If we can read it silently, it is not a valid poem: A poem demands pronunciation. Poetry always remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.  
 -  Jorge Luis Borges
  

  Music is the art of thinking with sounds.  
 -  Jules Combarieu
  

  Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.  
 -  Kahlil Gibran
  

  I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did.'  
 -  Kurt Vonnegut
  

  Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.  
 -  Leo Tolstoy
  

  Art is both creation and recreation. Of the two ideas, I think art as recreation or as sheer play of the human spirit is more important.  
 -  Lin Yutang
  

  Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.  
 -  Luciano Pavarotti
  

  Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?  
 -  Ludwig von Beethoven
  

  Music has given me peace. I can remember occasions when music instantly tranquillized my mind, when I was greatly agitated over something. Music has helped me to overcome anger.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  Great art picks up where nature ends.  
 -  Marc Chagall
  

  Remember Mozart: true genius resides in simplicity.  
 -  Mark Fisher
  

  No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time. It is just that others are behind the time.  
 -  Martha Graham
  

  You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  I suggest that the great art belongs to all people, all the time--that indeed it is made for the people, by the people, to the people.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.  
 -  Muriel Rukeyser
  

  A picture is worth a thousand words.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed.  
 -  Nathaniel Hawthorne
  

  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
  

  Paradoxically though it may seem, it is nonetheless true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Poets know how useful passion is for publication. Nowadays a broken heart will run to many editions.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.  
 -  Pablo Picasso
  

  It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.  
 -  Pablo Picasso
  

  There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.  
 -  Pablo Picasso
  

  Without music, life is a journey through a desert.  
 -  Pat Conroy
  

  I'm always trying to do better music. I don't know if I've written my best song yet. That's the big question. It doesn't stop you trying.  
 -  Paul McCartney
  

  Music is the purest form of art... therefore true poets, they who are seers, seek to express the universe in terms of music... The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside.  
 -  Rabindranath Tagore
  

  Every artist was first an amateur.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.  
 -  Rita Mae Brown
  

  Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.  
 -  Robert Frost
  

  Poetry begins in delight and ends in wisdom.  
 -  Robert Frost
  

  Art is a passion or it is nothing.  
 -  Robert Fry
  

  Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.  
 -  Robert G. Ingersoll
  

  When I paint, the sea roars. The others splash about in the bath.  
 -  Salvador Dali
  

  I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.  
 -  Salvador Dali
  

  Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.  
 -  Samuel Butler
  

  I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.  
 -  Saul Bellow
  

  Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.  
 -  Scott Adams
  

  Conception, my boy, fundamental brain work, is what makes all the difference in art. The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.  
 -  Sir Francis Bacon
  

  He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.  
 -  St. Francis of Assisi
  

  Life beats down and crushes the soul, but art reminds you that you have one.  
 -  Stella Adler
  

  Inside every man there is a poet who died young.  
 -  Stephan Kanfer
  

  White. A blank page or canvas. So many possibilities.  
 -  Stephen Sondheim
  

  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
  

  Music is well said to be the speech of angels.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

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

  What is an artist? For every thousand people there's nine hundred doing the work, ninety doing well, nine doing good, and one lucky bastard who's the artist.  
 -  Tom Stoppard
  

  The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.  
 -  Tony Blair
  

  Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.  
 -  Twyla Tharp
  

  I should get a college art credit for the masterpieces I have drawn on my passed out roommates.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Patience is the art of hoping.  
 -  Vauvenargues Marquis De
  

  Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say, 'He feels deeply, he feels tenderly.'  
 -  Vincent van Gogh
  

  I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.  
 -  Vincent Van Gogh
  

  I applied streaks and blobs of colours onto the canvas with a palette knife and I made them sing with all the intensity I could.  
 -  Wassily Kandinsky
  

  Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.  
 -  William S. Burroughs
  

  Art is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life.  
 -  William Somerset Maugham
  

  It is not in life, but in art that self-fulfillment is to be found.  
 -  Wilson Mizner
  

  Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art.  
 -  Wynetka Ann Reynolds
  

  True artists are prophets. I don't want to be that prophetic in that sense because it's so lonely.  
 -  Yoko Ono