art Quotes

59 of the best book quotes about art
  1. #1
    “This supreme quality is felt by the artist when the esthetic image is first conceived in his imagination. The mind in that mysterious instant Shelley likened beautifully to a fading coal. The instant wherein that supreme quality of beauty, the clear radiance of the esthetic image, is apprehended luminously by the mind which has been arrested by its wholeness and fascinated by its harmony is the luminous silent stasis of esthetic pleasure, a spiritual state very like to that cardiac condition which the Italian physiologist Luigi Galvani, using a phrase almost as beautiful as Shelley’s, called the enchantment of the heart.”
  2. #2
    If art can help us grieve, can help us mourn, then lean on it.
  3. #3
    “‘Sailing,’ he liked to joke, ‘is the fine art of getting wet and becoming ill, while going nowhere slowly at great expense.’”
  4. #4
    “The Taliban became the enemy of fine arts, culture, and our history. The Swat Museum moved its collection away for safekeeping. The Taliban destroyed everything old and brought nothing new.”
  5. #5
    “i am a museum full of art
    but you had your eyes shut”
  6. #6
    “Your art would follow nature,
    just as a pupil imitates his master;
    ... your art is almost God’s grandchild.”
  7. #7
    “When you think about it, for sheer bulk there’s more art done with Crayolas than with anything else. There must be billion of sheets of paper in every country in the world, in billions of boxes and closets and attics and cupboards, covered with billions of pictures in crayon. The imagination of the human race poured out like a river.”
  8. #8
    “I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose? Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now! Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day -- mock me horribly!”
  9. #9
    “For the canons of good society are, or should be, the same as the canons of art. Form is absolutely essential to it. It should have the dignity of a ceremony, as well as its unreality, and should combine the insincere character of a romantic play with the wit and beauty that make such plays delightful to us. Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not. It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities.”
  1. #10
    “The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul.”
  2. #11
    “This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
    Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
    Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best.
    Night, sleep, and the stars.”
  3. #12
    “Oh my, but art is long
    and our life is fleeting.”
  4. #13
    “Every art, and every science reduced to a teachable form, and in like manner every action and moral choice, aims, it is thought, at some good.”
  5. #14
    “The Dream is the enemy of all art, courageous thinking, and honest writing.”
  6. #15
    “In spite of feeling so very moved by the thing, I didn’t have any immediate theories about what it meant. Sometimes great art is like that. It affects you and you can’t say why. Was it deep symbolism? A cryptic message? A wrenching plea for help and understanding? Impossible to say, and to me, not the most important thing at first. I just wanted to breathe it in.”
  7. #16
    “Art is supposed to represent how you see the world, not exactly copy it.”
  8. #17
    “The edges of the drawings were yellowed and brittle, but they were all beautiful, and they were all by Georges Méliès.”
  9. #18
    “Nothing I have written or done has made any difference in this world, and suddenly I know what it means to rage, and to crave.
    I read the whole poem and eat it up, drink it up.”

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  1. #19
    “Eleanor was right: She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
  2. #20
    “Call Me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John.”
  3. #21
    “The novel was about the end of the world in the year 2000, and the name of the book was 2000 A.D. It told about how mad scientists made a terrific bomb that wiped out the whole world.”
  4. #22
    His judgement demonstrates that one can be a genius and understand nothing of an art that is not one’s own.
  5. #23
    “Expectation. That is the true soul of art. If you can give a man more than he expects, then he will laud you his entire life. If you can create an air of anticipation and feed it properly, you will succeed.”
  6. #24
    “‘This divorce of art from technology is completely unnatural. It’s just that it’s gone on so long you have to be an archaeologist to find out where the two separated. Rotisserie assembly is actually a long-lost branch of sculpture, so divorced from its roots by centuries of intellectual wrong turns that just to associate the two sounds ludicrous.‘”
  7. #25
    “Father needs some kind of book to read to people who are dying or in terrible pain. I don’t suppose you’ve written anything like that.”
  8. #26
    “Listen, Tommy, your art, it is important. And not just because it’s evidence. But for your own sake. You’ll get a lot from it, just for yourself.”
  9. #27
    “Modernism in art contributed to the new and challenging literary styles that were emerging in Paris and throughout Europe.[...] The new generation of writers believed that the elaborate language so typical of 19th century literature was a decadence.”
  1. #28
    “Newt remained curled in the chair. He held out his painty hands as though a cat’s cradle were strung between them. ‘No wonder kids grow up crazy. A cat’s cradle is nothing but a bunch of X’s between somebody’s hands, and little kids look and look and look at all those X’s….‘”
  2. #29
    “There you could always go into the Luxembourg museum and all the paintings were heightened and clearer and more beautiful if you were belly-empty, hollow-hungry. I learned to understand Cezanne much better and to see truly how he made landscapes when I was hungry. I used to wonder if he were hungry too when he painted; but I thought it was possibly only that he had forgotten to eat. It was one of those unsound but illuminating thoughts you have when you have been sleepless or hungry. Later I thought Cezanne was probably hungry in a different way.”
  3. #30
    “No, I don’t think my conscience would let me support a strike like that. When a man becomes a writer, I think he takes on a sacred obligation to produce beauty and enlightenment and comfort at top speed.”
  4. #31
    “And as much as I’d like to believe there’s a truth beyond illusion, I’ve come to believe that there’s no truth beyond illusion. Because, between ‘reality’ on the one hand, and the point where the mind strikes reality, there’s a middle zone, a rainbow edge where beauty comes into being, where two very different surfaces mingle and blur to provide what life does not: and this is the space where all art exists, and all magic.”
  5. #32
    ″‘Do you understand?’ My father looked at Andrius, hesitant. ‘You can help me find you,’ he whispered. ‘I’ll know it’s you…just like you know Munch. But you must be very careful.‘”
  6. #33
    “I wander around the room, looking at the artwork on the walls. These days, the only artists are in Amity. Abnegation sees art as impractical, and its appreciation as time that could be spent serving others, so though I have seen works of art in textbooks, I have never been in a decorated room before. It makes the air feel close and warm, and I could get lost here for hours without noticing.”
  7. #34
    ″(The San Lorenzans) were all employed full time as actors in a play they understood, that any human being anywhere could understand and applaud.”
  8. #35
    “Anyone unable to understand how a useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either.”
  9. #36
    “A passive life of enjoyment affords . . . [man] the opportunity to obtain fulfillment in experiencing beauty, art, or nature.”

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  1. #37
    “The production of a work of art throws a light upon the mystery of humanity.”
  2. #38
    Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
  3. #39
    ″“Do you like it?” asked Strawberry.
    Hazel puzzled over the stones. They were all the same size, and pushed at regular intervals into the soil. He could make nothing of them.
    “What are they for?” he asked again.”
  4. #40
    “Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage, these are the makers of the after-world, the architects of
    heaven. The world is beautiful because they have lived; without them, laboring humanity would perish.”
  5. #41
    “A prince ought also to show himself a patron of ability, and to honour the proficient in every art.”
  6. #42
    “Though Chicago was rapidly achieving recognition as an industrial and mercantile dynamo, its leading men felt keenly the slander from New York that their city had few cultural assets.”
  7. #43
    “Art most consistently puts us in touch with our best self.”
  8. #44
    “The soul of these books was a new understanding of Christianity, their direct consequence a new understanding of art.”
  9. #45
    “The constancy of the wise is the art to contain their excitement in the heart.”
  1. #46
    “Try to explain the art of starving to someone! Those who have no feel for it can never be made to understand.”
  2. #47
    “Why did the crowd, which pretended to admire him so much, have so little patience with him?”
  3. #48
    “No one, not even the starvation artist himself knew how great his achievement really was, and his heart grew heavy.”
  4. #49
    “I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.”
  5. #50
    “Any thought that abandons unity glorifies diversity. And diversity is the home of art.”
  6. #51
    “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
  7. #53
    “God is love, I said, but art’s the possibility of forms, and shadows are the source of identity.”
  8. #54
    “For Monet, on this occasion, water lilies were the measure of water lilies; and so he painted them.”
  9. #55
    “Loud, heap miseries upon us yet entwine our arts with laughters low!”
  10. #56
    ″‘Did you draw this with your left hand or something?’
    ‘I’m not an artist, okay?’
    He pinched his chin. ‘Art quality aside, this is an elegant design.‘”
  11. #57
    “Art is the conversation between lovers. Art offers an opening for the heart. True art makes the divine silence in the soul break into applause.”
  12. #58
    “In spite of all the refinements of civilization that conspired to make art--the dizzying perfection of the string quartet or the sprawling grandeur of Fragonard’s canvases--beauty was savage.”
  13. #59
    “Who cares? Kingdoms rise and fall. Just don’t burn the paintings in the Louvre, that’s all.”
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