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James Whistler Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Art

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary,
because heaven has granted me no offspring.
- James Whistler

It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait.
- James Whistler

The vast majority of English folk cannot and will not
consider a picture as a picture,
apart from any story which it may be supposed to tell.
- James Whistler

 

I maintain that two and two would continue to make four,
in spite of the whine of the amateur for three,
or the cry of the critic for five.
- James Whistler

To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is,
is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano.
- James Whistler

If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible.
- James Whistler

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The rare few, who, early in life have rid themselves
of the friendship of the many.
- James Whistler

An artist's career always begins tomorrow.
- James Whistler

I am not arguing with you - I am telling you.
- James Whistler

Work alone will efface the footsteps of work.
- James Whistler

You shouldn't say it is not good.
You should say, you do not like it; and then,
you know, you're perfectly safe.
- James Whistler

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 PHOTO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am not an angel and do not pretend to be.
That is not one of my roles.
But I am not the devil either.
I am a woman and a serious artist, and I would like so to be judged.
- Maria Callas

The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy;
only the artist,
the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
- Willa Cather

I'm having fun just being a musician as well as an artist at this point.
- Peabo Bryson

A scientist worthy of his name, about all a mathematician,
experiences in his work the same impression as an artist;
his pleasure is as great and of the same nature.
- Henri Poincare

The artist is an educator of artists of the future
who are able to understand and in the process of understanding perform unexpected -
the best -
evolutions.
- Saul Steinberg

The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history.
- Robert Rauschenberg

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

I'm one of those people who thinks you can have a happy
life and still be an artist.
- Shelley Duvall

Zhang Yimou is an artist.
Sometimes we did only two or three shots a day because
we were waiting for the sun.
- Jet Li

It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist,
as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.
- Loren Eiseley

A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions;
and the plant is,
to a landscape artist, not only a plant -
rare,
unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance -
but it is also a color,
a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.
- Roberto Burle Marx

Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that
very serious person we are when we are not an artist.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

My goal as an artist is to always be true to who I
am and give my fans music they will enjoy for a lifetime.
- Faith Hill

I was always making things.
Even though art was what I did every day,
it didn't even occur to me that I would be an artist.
- Maya Lin

Any man who does not have his inner world to translate is not an artist.
- Theophile Gautier

Derek Trucks is a real good new artist.
He's a young guy.
- Johnny Winter

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

I also had this artist friend who'd paint butterflies
and things like that on my head.
- Persis Khambatta

Any artist always has misgivings about calling himself an artist.
- Bill Budge

No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

My name is Kurt Schwitters...
I am an artist and I nail my pictures together.
- Kurt Schwitters

I guess I've always liked the idea of being an artist.
- Larry Rivers

A successful artist of any kind has to work so hard
that she is justified in refusing to lay down her sceptre
until she is placed on the bier.
- Edith Evans


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