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The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.

- Henry S. Haskins

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Print A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.
- Michelangelo
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Print Genius is eternal patience.
- Michelangelo
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Print A great sculpture can roll down a hill without breaking.
- Michelangelo
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Print I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
- Joan Miro
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Print My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.
- Claude Monet
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Print The arts are the signature of a nation.
- Joan Mondale
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Print Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
- Henri Matisse
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Print Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.
- Rene-Francois-Ghislain Magritte
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Print The portrait is one of the most curious art forms. It demands special qualities in the artist, almost total kinship with the model.
- Henri Matisse
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Print Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
- Thomas Merton
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Print Creativity takes courage.
- Henri Matisse
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Print All my efforts go into creating an art that can be understood by everyone.
- Henri Matisse
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Print To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage.
- Georgia O’Keeffe
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Print Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of all communication.
- Claes Oldenburg
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Print Imagination is the true magic carpet.
- Norman Vincent Peale
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Print In the brush doing what it's doing, it will stumble on what one couldn't do by oneself.
- Robert Motherwell
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Print To be an artist is to believe in life.
- Henry S. Moore
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Print Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.
- Robert Motherwell
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Print An artist chooses his subjects... that is the way he praises.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
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Print Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind.
- Louise Nevelson
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Print I don't believe in an art that is not born out of man's need to open his heart.
- Edvard Munch
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Print The camera, if it’s lucky, may tell a different truth to drawing - but not a truer one.
- Robert Hughes
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Print A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.
- Eugene Ionesco
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Print I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.
- Frida Kahlo
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Print All art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective unconsciousness.
- Carl Gustav Jung
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Print Talent! What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way.
- Winslow Homer
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Print Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Print A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
- Hans Hofmann
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Print If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
- Edward Hopper
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Print Art is not a thing; it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard
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Print Art is... a question mark in the minds of those who want to know what's happening.
- Aaron Howard
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Print Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist.
- Edward Hopper
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Print Art is the objectification of feeling, and the subjectification of nature.
- Susanne K. Langer
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Print Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis.
- Karl Kraus
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Print Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.
- Paul Klee
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Print When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it.
- Jacob Lawrence
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Print Color is crucial in painting, but it is very hard to talk about.
- Roy Lichtenstein
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Print Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms.
- Roy Lichtenstein
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Print We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.
- John F. Kennedy
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Print There is no must in art because art is free.
- Vasily Kandinsky
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Print Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
- Paul Klee
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Print Entertainment and art are not isolated. Entertainment is in art like color in pictures.
- Martin Kippinberger
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Print Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
- Pablo Picasso
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Print Never settle for anything less than your best.
- Brian Tracy
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Print All art requires courage.
- Anne Tucker
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Print All creations demand greenery of spirit.
- Diana Vreeland
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Print What art offers is space -- a certain breathing room for the spirit.
- John Updike
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Print Art is the signature of civilizations.
- Beverly Sills
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Print Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
- Twyla Tharp
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Print Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.
- Susan Sontag
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Print Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
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Print You can't make an architect. But you can open the doors and windows toward the light as you see it.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
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Print My instinct about painting says, 'if you don't think about it, it's right.'
- Andy Warhol
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Print An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
- James McNeill Whistler
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Print It’s all a big game of construction, some with a brush, some with a shovel, some choose a pen.
- Jackson Pollock
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Print The painting has a life of its own.
- Jackson Pollock
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Print The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust
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Print Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.
- Rembrandt
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Print The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history.
- Robert Rauschenberg
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Print Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?
- Pablo Picasso
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Print Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.
- Pablo Picasso
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Print Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
- Pablo Picasso
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Print Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
- Pablo Picasso
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Print Nature does many things the way I do, but she hides them!
- Pablo Picasso
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Print For a long time I limited myself to one color... as a form of discipline.
- Pablo Picasso
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Print Simplicity is the essence of the great, the true, and the beautiful in art.
- George Sand
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Print I was probably born with the ability to draw, but that does not make you an artist.
- James Rosenquist
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Print A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.
- Joshua Reynolds
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Print Collecting art is like a drug. It is both intensely pleasurable and highly addictive.
- Norman Rosenthal
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Print Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
- George Sand
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Print Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere.
- Carl Sagan
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Print When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
- John Ruskin
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Print A work of art is a world in itself, reflecting senses and emotions of the artist’s world.
- Hans Hofman
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Print Architecture is inhabited sculpture.
- Constantin Brancusi
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Print Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
- Henry Ward Beecher
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