91 Inspirational Art Quotes to Fuel Your Creative Mind

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Art is subjective. Art is emotional. Art is moving. These good (and short) art quotes show the impact art can have on our lives and our society.

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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.

“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

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.

“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

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” – John F. Kennedy

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What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It’s not what you see that is art; art is the gap.

“What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It’s not what you see that is art; art is the gap.” – Marcel Duchamp

Art is just another way of keeping a diary.

“Art is just another way of keeping a diary.” – Pablo Picasso

Art is about changing what we see in our everyday lives and representing it in such a way that it gives us hope.

“Art is about changing what we see in our everyday lives and representing it in such a way that it gives us hope.” – Kehinde Wiley

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Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.

“Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.” – Theodore Dreiser

Art is a guarantee of sanity.

“Art is a guarantee of sanity.” – Louise Bourgeois

Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.

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

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.

“You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.

“A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.” – Hedy Lamarr

I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world.

“I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world.” – Elijah Wood

The mission of art is to represent nature not to imitate her.

“The mission of art is to represent nature not to imitate her.” – William Morris Hunt

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

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

Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence.

“Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

In art as in love, instinct is enough.

“In art as in love, instinct is enough.” – Anatole France

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

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

Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure in having contact with works of art. They furnish me with happy feelings of an intensity that I cannot derive from other sources.

“Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure in having contact with works of art. They furnish me with happy feelings of an intensity that I cannot derive from other sources.”Albert Einstein

Art is the daughter of freedom.

“Art is the daughter of freedom.” – Friedrich Schiller

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.

“A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.” – Albert Camus

A picture is a work of art, not because it is ‘modern,’ nor because it is ‘ancient,’ but because it is a sincere expression of human feeling.

“A picture is a work of art, not because it is ‘modern,’ nor because it is ‘ancient,’ but because it is a sincere expression of human feeling.” – John F. Carlson

You cannot be all things to all people. Be unique. Be different. Give to others what you want yourself. And do what you were made to do.

“You cannot be all things to all people. Be unique. Be different. Give to others what you want yourself. And do what you were made to do.” – Robert Kiyosaki

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.

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

Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.

“Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.” – Dale Carnegie

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

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

What is Art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the Real.

“What is Art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the Real.” – Rabindranath Tagore

No difficulty can discourage, no obstacle dismay, no trouble disheartens the man who has acquired the art of being alive. Difficulties are but dares of fate, obstacles but hurdles to try his skill, troubles but bitter tonics to give him strength; and he rises higher and looms greater after each encounter with adversity.

“No difficulty can discourage, no obstacle dismay, no trouble disheartens the man who has acquired the art of being alive. Difficulties are but dares of fate, obstacles but hurdles to try his skill, troubles but bitter tonics to give him strength; and he rises higher and looms greater after each encounter with adversity.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

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

What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.

“What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” – Eugene Delacroix

The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.

“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.” – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Art is like singing. Some do it better than others, but everyone can and should be doing it for their soul.

“Art is like singing. Some do it better than others, but everyone can and should be doing it for their soul.” – Barbara Mason

All art deals with the absurd and aims at the simple. Good art speaks truth, indeed is truth, perhaps the only truth.

“All art deals with the absurd and aims at the simple. Good art speaks truth, indeed is truth, perhaps the only truth.” – Iris Murdoch

The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.

“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” – Alberto Giacometti

Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour.

“Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour.” – Giotto di Bondone

The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.

“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” – Jerzy Kosinski

When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.

“When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.” – Agnes Martin

Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.

“Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.” – Marcel Proust

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

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

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

“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

Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.

“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” – Pope John Paul II

Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manifestation of nature agree to find new shapes.

“Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manifestation of nature agree to find new shapes.” – Khalil Gibran

Art must take reality by surprise.

“Art must take reality by surprise.” – Francoise Sagan

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.

“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.” – Victor Pinchuk

Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.

“Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.” – Leo Tolstoy

I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art.

“I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art.” – Arsene Wenger

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.

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

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.

“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.” – Robert Schumann

The work of art is a scream of freedom.

“The work of art is a scream of freedom.” – Christo

Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.

“Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.” – Alfred North Whitehead

The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.

“The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.” – Hilton Kramer

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

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

To be an artist is to believe in life.

“To be an artist is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

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

The work of art must seize upon you…carry you away. ― Pierre

“The work of art must seize upon you…carry you away. ― Pierre” – Auguste Renoir

Art is a harmony parallel with nature.

“Art is a harmony parallel with nature.” – Paul Cezanna

A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.

“A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.” – Eugene Ionesco

Art speaks where words are unable to explain.

“Art speaks where words are unable to explain.” – Unknown

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.

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

Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do.

“Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do.” – Elizabeth Bowen

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

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

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.” – Pablo Picasso

The art of art, the glory of expression, and the sunshine of the light of letters is simplicity.

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

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.

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

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.

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

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

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

In art, to express the infinite one should suggest infinitely more than is expressed.

“In art, to express the infinite one should suggest infinitely more than is expressed.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor.

“The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor.” – Paul Getty

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.

“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” – Pablo Picasso

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 desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.” – Amy Lowell

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.

“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” – John Ruskin

Art is the objectification of feeling.

“Art is the objectification of feeling.” – Herman Melville

Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.

“Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.” – John Wooden

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” – Charles Bukowski

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” – Neil Gaiman

Creativity takes courage.

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse

A picture is a poem without words.

“A picture is a poem without words.” – Horace

Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their lives a work of art – an individual masterpiece.

“Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their lives a work of art – an individual masterpiece.” – Denis Waitley

I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.

“I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.” – Ansel Adams

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.

“It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.” – Oscar Wilde

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

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

The first essential to success in the art you practice is respect for the art itself. ― Edward Bulwer

“The first essential to success in the art you practice is respect for the art itself. ― Edward Bulwer” – Lytton

Art remains the one way possible of speaking truth.

“Art remains the one way possible of speaking truth.” – Robert Browning

Great art picks up where nature ends.

“Great art picks up where nature ends.” – Marc Chagall

The big art is our life.

“The big art is our life.” – Mary Caroline Richards

The beauty of art is that it allows you to slow down, and for a moment, things that once seemed unfamiliar become precious to you.

“The beauty of art is that it allows you to slow down, and for a moment, things that once seemed unfamiliar become precious to you.” – Kehinde Wiley

The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.

“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” – Julia Cameron

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

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

I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.’

“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.’” – Vincent Van Gogh

You have to systematically create confusion; it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.

“You have to systematically create confusion; it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.” – Salvador Dalí

Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.

“Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” – Steven Pressfield

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.

“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” – René Magritte

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