Art Sayings and Quotes

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


Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.

Jean-Luc Godard

Art begins with resistance, at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.     

Andre Gide

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.     

G. K. Chesterton

Art does not imitate, but interpret.     

Giuseppe Mazzini

Art doesn't have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful.     

Duane Hanson

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton

Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.     

Sydney Gurewitz Clemens

Art inspires, produces an unwillingness to settle for what we have and a desire for something better. It is the product and producer of creative activity, change; it is essential for continuous development.     

Russell L. Ackoff

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

Andre Gide

Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant or a child in its mother's womb.

Jean Arp

Art is an intersection of many human needs.     

Carl Andre

Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.     

Cicero

Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind.     

L. Nevelson

Art is literacy of the heart.     

Elliot Eisner

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.

Theodor W. Adorno

Art is man's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.     

Chinua Achebe

Art is not a thing, it is a way.

Elbert Hubbard

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.     

Pablo Picasso

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

Edgar Degas

Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?

Edith Wharton

Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.     

Agnes Martin

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.     

Amy Lowell

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.

Alfred North Whitehead

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.      

Oscar Wilde

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

Twyla Tharp

Art is the reason I get up in the morning, but the definition ends there. It doesn't seem fair that I'm living for something I can't even define.

Ani DiFranco

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.

Theodore Dreiser

Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality.     

John Dewey

Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make.     

Bruce Lee

Art remains the one way possible of speaking truth.

Robert Browning