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The artist never entirely knows.
by Agnes de Mille

The artist never entirely knows.
We guess.
We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
- Agnes de Mille

The truest expression of a people
is in its dances and its music.
Bodies never lie.
- Agnes De Mille

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made.
Destiny is made known silently.
- Agnes de Mille

Theater people are always pining and agonizing because
they're afraid that they'll be forgotten.
And in America they're quite right.
They will be.
- Agnes de Mille

 

The universe lies before you on the floor,
in the air, in the mysterious bodies of your dancers,
in your mind.
From this voyage no one returns poor or weary.
- Agnes de Mille

The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate.
- Agnes de Mille

Modern dancers give a sinister portent about our times.
- Agnes de Mille

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To dance is to be out of yourself.
Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.
This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.
- Agnes de Mille

The practice mirror is to be used for the correction of faults,
not for a love affair, and the figure you watch should
not become your dearest friend.
- Agnes de Mille

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how.
The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.
- Agnes de Mille

A good education is usually harmful to a dancer.
A good calf is better than a good head.
- Agnes de Mille

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist,
but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.
- Michael Palin

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
- Andy Warhol

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
- George Santayana

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
- Eugene Delacroix

I've been called many names like perfectionist,
difficult and obsessive.
I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the
details for any artist to be good.
- Barbra Streisand

An artist never really finishes his work,
he merely abandons it.
- Paul Valery

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty,
you know you're an artist.
- David Hockney

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas,
a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
- Edward Steichen

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
- George Edward Moore

Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
- Franz Liszt

The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
- Novalis

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

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

That's the motivation of an artist -
to seek attention of some kind.
- James Taylor

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't
doubt what they're doing.
- Francis Ford Coppola

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

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

An artist is always alone - if he is an artist.
No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
- Henry Miller

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
- Edgard Varese

I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
- Jodie Foster

I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist.
I never think about money.
Beautiful things make money.
- Lord Acton

The artist in me cries out for design.
- Robert Frost

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

A group or an artist shouldn't get his money until his boss gets his.
- Bobby Darin

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts -
such is the duty of the artist.
- Robert Schumann

Every production of an artist should be the expression
of an adventure of his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place:
from the sky,
from the earth, from a scrap of paper,
from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
- Pablo Picasso

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

I love power.
But it is as an artist that I love it.
I love it as a musician loves his violin,
to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

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

I am tapping into a place in you that is unexplored,
and very dangerous, but I think essential to the creative life of an artist.
- Brandon Boyd

The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.
- Richard Wright

Being an artist doesn't mean that you're a good artist.
That was the bargain I first made with myself:
I'd say,
I'm an artist, but I'm not really very good.
- Paul Simon

A great artist is never poor.
- Isak Dinesen

The immature artist imitates.
Mature artists steal.
- Lionel Trilling

I try to keep my ear to the streets without sacrificing who I am as an artist.
If a song needs a drum machine I'll use a drum machine.
If it needs a drummer, I'll use a real drummer.
- Teena Marie

I come from a family of business people,
but I had the idea I wanted to become an artist.
- Dick Bruna

A great chef is an artist that I truly respect.
- Robert Stack

All works of art are commissioned in the sense that
no artist can create one by a simple act of will but
must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him.
- W. H. Auden

I am an artist and a political being as well.
- Robin Morgan

The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with
the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him.
At that point, he's in business.
- John Berryman

I always saw myself as a multi media artist.
- Holly Johnson

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way.
An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
- Charles Bukowski

In art, the only one who really knows whether what
you've done is honest is the artist.
- Bruce Nauman

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

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor,
mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I am isolated as an artist, not as a person.
- Howard Hodgkin

Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars,
because it is his natural characteristic,
so the artist works.
- Alma Gluck

The reason that I'm an actor, or an artist,
is ultimately because I'm trying to paint a self-portrait,
and the most complete and beautiful self-portrait that you can.
- Terrence Howard

Hands are the tool of the painter, the artist.
- Agnes Varda

It is the artist who realizes that there is a supreme
force above him and works gladly away as a small apprentice under God's heaven.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Most people think an artist tries to be original,
but originality is the last thing that develops in the artist.
- Lukas Foss


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