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Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings. ...
by Agnes Martin

Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.
- Agnes Martin

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

My paintings are not about what is seen.
They are about what is known forever in the mind.
- Agnes Martin

Happiness is being on the beam with life -
to feel the pull of life.
- Agnes Martin

 

To progress in life you must give up the things you do not like.
Give up doing the things that you do not like to do.
You must find the things that you do like.
The things that are acceptable to your mind.
- Agnes Martin

Any material may be used but the theme is the same
and the response is the same for all artwork...
we all have the same concern, but the artist must know
exactly what the experience is.
He must pursue the truth relentlessly.
- Agnes Martin

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

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Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson

Your life is the manifestation of your dream;
it is an art.
You can change your life anytime if
you aren't enjoying the dream.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

Art is not a thing; it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard

All art is autobiographical.
The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
- Federico Fellini

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as
a basis for architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

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

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

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

Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter

Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.
- Alfred de Vigny

The perfection of art is to conceal art.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
- Gustave Flaubert

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

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next
to a God made object like a tree or flower.
If it clashes, it is not art.
- Paul Cezanne

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
- Carroll O'Connor

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
- Arne Jacobsen

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
- Theodor Adorno

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art;
men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
- E. M. Forster

Art is the right hand of Nature.
The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.
- Friedrich Schiller

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
- Oscar Wilde

Art doesn't transform.
It just plain forms.
- Roy Lichtenstein

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

It is art that makes life, makes interest,
makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever
for the force and beauty of its process.
- Max Eastman

The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
- Jerzy Kosinski

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
- Theodor Adorno

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone
who has just done you a small favor
wish that he might have done you a greater one.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux

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

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
- Jean Rostand

Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.
- Marshall McLuhan

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather,
and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

Art is science made clear.
- Wilson Mizner

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men,
is the same as saying of some kind of food that it
is very good but that most people can't eat it.
- Leo Tolstoy

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel

Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.
- Robert Delaunay

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers -
and never succeeding.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

The history of art is the history of revivals.
- Samuel Butler

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

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

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward
what is arcane and concealed.
- Khalil Gibran

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

Drawing is the honesty of the art.
There is no possibility of cheating.
It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is
an invention of philosophers...
What we call art is a game.
- Octavio Paz

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
- Roy Lichtenstein

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

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

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than
to continue living for art.
- Clara Schumann

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time.
Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things
which always become ugly with time.
- Jean Cocteau

I cry out for order and find it only in art.
- Helen Hayes

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
- Paul Gauguin

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

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

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

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

Art is not a study of positive reality,
it is the seeking for ideal truth.
- John Ruskin


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