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My 30 Favorite Art Quotes

By Ken Wytsma

“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.” -Beethoven

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso

“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” -Vincent van Gogh

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” -Leonardo da Vinci

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” -Pablo Picasso

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” -Albert Einstein

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Pablo Picasso

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” -Edgar Degas

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” -G.K. Chesterton

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Creativity takes courage. ” -Henri Matisse

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.” -Oscar Wilde

“Art without emotion its like chocolate cake without sugar. It makes you gag.” -Laurie Halse Anderson

“We have art in order not to die of the truth.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” -Pablo Picasso

“Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” C. S. Lewis

“If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for?” -Alice Walker

“The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” -Walt Whitman

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” -Karl Lagerfeld

“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.” -G.K. Chesterton

“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” -J. R. R. Tolkien

“It is self-evident that nothing concerning art is self-evident.” -Theodor Adorno

“Art is not, as the metaphysicians say, the manifestation of some mysterious idea of beauty or God; it is not, as the aesthetical physiologists say, a game in which man lets off his excess of stored-up energy; it is not the expression of man’s emotions by external signs; it is not the production of pleasing objects; and, above all, it is not pleasure; but it is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity.” -Leo Tolstoy

“Let each man exercise the art he knows.” -Aristophanes

“Art begins with resistance — at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.” André Gide

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

“We work in the dark — we do what we can — we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” -Henry James

“Art is not a thing — it is a way.” -Elbert Hubbard

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Ken Wytsma is a teacher, entrepreneur and author. He is the founder of The Justice Conference and president of Kilns College, as well as the author of Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things, The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith, and Create vs. Copy:Embrace Change. Ignite Creativity. Break Through with Imagination.

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