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An artist cannot be responsible for what people make of their art.
by Stephen Stills

An artist cannot be responsible for what people make of their art.
An audience loathe giving up preconceived images of an artist.
- Stephen Stills

The only albatross is the hurt you divine from what
people say about your art.
- Stephen Stills

If you can't be with the one you love,
love the one you're with.
- Stephen Stills

There are three things men can do with women:
love them,
suffer for them, or turn them into literature.
- Stephen Stills

 

One thing the blues ain't, is funny.
- Stephen Stills

Yeah; I'm a much better blues player than anybody knows,
but being in the kind of group I'm in,
we were always trying to make popular records.
- Stephen Stills

I got hooked into folk music by accident,
because that's what white college kids liked when I was a child.
- Stephen Stills

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David knew everyone because he's such a social butterfly.
- Stephen Stills

A commercial is a commercial.
- Stephen Stills

Once you decide that it is the art that is important
and not how popular and well received you are,
you no longer have an albatross.
- Stephen Stills

Sometimes I get a little drunk, sometimes I get a little out of it,
sometimes I get out of tune onstage,
but that's something that shouldn't be dissected.
- Stephen Stills

After about a year or so, I was in L.A.;
I'd decided to try to get a band together out there.
- Stephen Stills

I spent my last year of high school in Latin America,
and there's a edge of salsa under all of my rhythms.
- Stephen Stills

There were times I thought I was going to turn to the blues,
but then I'd hear better blues players.
- Stephen Stills

I feel like I'm just learning how to play the guitar.
I mean, really learning to play the guitar.
- Stephen Stills

I've just built a studio in my mama's old bedroom,
which I thought was fitting; she died last year.
We've recorded nine songs recorded in there already;
we're sort of just chipping away.
- Stephen Stills

That was when Neil discovered Jack Nietzsche.
They went off and pretty much came up with that by themselves,
but I thought it was a great song, and I was more than
happy to do my harmony parts on it.
- Stephen Stills

God forbid if David Crosby gets sick again and I can't tour anymore,
or something happens where I can't get around,
what am I going to live on? I'm going to be living on mechanicals.
So I don't want to hear it.
- Stephen Stills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The aim of the poet, or other artist,
is first to make something; and it's impossible to
make something out of words and not communicate.
- James Schuyler

Read the folklore masters.
Go to galleries.
Walk in the woods.
That's what you need to be an artist or storyteller.
- Terri Windling

I think there are a lot of pictures to make.
I sometimes question whether I'm even an artist or just a painter.
To me, the making of the pictures is the most important thing.
- Martin Mull

Reading is an art form, and every man can be an artist.
- Edwin Louis Cole

Glorious bouquets and storms of applause are the trimmings
which every artist naturally enjoys.
- Golda Meir

An artist must be a reactionary.
He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.
- Andre Maurois

Any artist that's involved in their work is inevitably
going to have a focus in what they do.
- Jock Sturges

I hope my work has inspired young artists.
I have always tried to maintain my freedom as an artist
and I feel it is one of the main reasons I have been successful.
- Frank Frazetta

Good taste is the first refuge of the non-creative.
It is the last-ditch stand of the artist.
- Marshall McLuhan

The artist likes to seem totally responsible for his work.
Often he begins to explain it, to make it appear as
if it were a reasonable process.
- Arthur Erickson

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

As an artist you have to have a certain amount of arrogance.
- Kim Weston

Drawing is giving a performance; an artist is an actor
who is not limited by the body,
only by his ability and, perhaps, experience.
- Marc Davis

It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him.
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have
minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
- Virginia Woolf

Pain is such an important thing in life.
I think that as an artist you have to experience suffering.
- Naomi Watts

That freedom that Picasso afforded himself,
to be an artist in a huge number of ways,
seems to be a huge psychological liberation.
- Anish Kapoor


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