Abstract Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old abstract quotes, abstract sayings, and abstract proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The abstract, unreal freedom of the liberal intellect was really nothing more than childish disobedience, amplified into anarchy.     

Roger Scruton

Just as pure abstract art is not dogmatic, neither is it decorative.     

Piet Mondrian

Writing is an abstract art of drawing pictures of the conscious and subconscious mind with words.     

Debasish Mridha

Abstract ideas are the patterns two or more memories have in common.     

Rudolf Flesch

All abstract sciences are nothing but the study of relations between signs.     

Denis Diderot

Abstract knowledge is always useful, sooner or later.     

Robert A. Heinlein

It abstract art should be enjoyed just as music is enjoyed after a while you may like it or you may not.     

Jackson Pollock

Abstract truth has no value unless it incarnates in human beings who represent it, by proving their readiness to die for it.     

Mahatma Gandhi

None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled utopia than that of eternal peace.     

Theodor Adorno

Even abstract shapes must have a likeness.     

Willem de Kooning

Abstract pictures are fictive models, because they make visible a reality that we can neither see nor describe, but whose existence we can postulate.     

Gerhard Richter

The abstract has no emotional content the abstract is more powerful the more abstract it is     

Cecil Balmond

The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.     

Lucian Freud

Abstract literally means to draw from or separate. In this sense every artist is abstract a realistic or nonobjective approach makes no difference. The result is what counts.     

Richard Diebenkorn

Abstract art is uniquely modern. It is a fundamentally romantic response to modern life - rebellious, individualistic, unconventional, sensitive, irritable.     

Robert Motherwell

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.     

Pablo Picasso

In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work.     

Sol Lewitt

All paintings are abstract ideas, not representations of a true reality.     

Mike Svob

Abstract words are ancient coins whose concrete images in the give and take of talk have worn away with use.     

Julian Jaynes

It takes abstract thinking to see how greed can lead to prosperity, but it takes wishful thinking to claim that violence can lead to charity.     

Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski

You can’t look at abstract art without thinking.     

Patricia Cole

Abstract art has helped us to experience the emotional power inherent in pure form.     

Anton Ehrenzweig

The abstract way we think is really grounded in the concrete, bodily world much more than we thought.     

John Bargh

In the abstract conception of universal wrong, all concrete responsibility vanishes.     

Theodor Adorno

The only object of theoretical physics is to calculate results that can be compared with experiment... it is quite unnecessary that any satisfactory description of the whole course of the phenomena should be given.     

Paul Dirac

Color is for me the purest form of expression, the purest abstract reality.     

Jim Hodges

An abstract title suggests another value to the subject, perhaps an artistic quality that sets the viewers' sensitivities into action.     

Robert Genn

To abstract is to draw out the essence of a matter. To abstract in art is to separate certain fundamentals from irrelevant material which surrounds them.     

Ben Shahn