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From famous artists to art enthusiasts to philosophers, here are 30 art quotes from inquisitive minds to pique your curiosity and creativity.

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'Art is science made clear' - Jean Cocteau

“Art is science made clear”


— Jean Cocteau

'Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely.' - Winston Churchill

“Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day.”


— Winston Churchill

'Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.' - Bertolt Brecht

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”


— Bertolt Brecht

'Art is meant to disturb, science reassures.' - Georges Braque

“Art is meant to disturb, science reassures.”


— Georges Braque

'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 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

'Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.' - Sigmund Freud

“Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.”


— Sigmund Freud

'Creativity takes courage.' - Henri Matisse

“Creativity takes courage.”


— Henri Matisse

'Sometimes reality is too complex. Fiction gives it form.' - Jean-Luc Godard

“Sometimes reality is too complex. Fiction gives it form.”


— Jean-Luc Godard

'Great art picks up where nature ends.' - Marc Chagall

“Great art picks up where nature ends.”


— Marc Chagall

'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

“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

'The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.' - Hans Hofmann

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”


— Hans Hofmann

'Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.' - Paul Klee

“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.”


— Paul Klee

'There is no must in art because art is free.' - Wassily Kandinsky

“There is no ‘must’ in art because art is free.”


— Wassily Kandinsky

'Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.' - Yo-Yo Ma

“Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.”


— Yo-Yo Ma

'The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.' - Michelangelo

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”


— Michelangelo

'The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.' - Jerzy Kosiński

“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”


— Jerzy Kosiński

'The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.' - Friedrich Nietzsche

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”


— Friedrich Nietzsche

'Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.' - Pablo Picasso

“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”


— Pablo Picasso

'It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.' - Leonardo da Vinci

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”


— Leonardo da Vinci

'The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.' - Claude Monet

“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.”


— Claude Monet

'You don’t take a photograph, you make it.' - Ansel Adams

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”


— Ansel Adams

'I shut my eyes in order to see.' - Paul Gauguin

“I shut my eyes in order to see.”


— Paul Gauguin

'Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.' - Georgia O’Keeffe

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.”


— Georgia O’Keeffe

'I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.' - Frank Lloyd Wright

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”


— Frank Lloyd Wright

'If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.' - Vincent van Gogh

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”


— Vincent van Gogh

'Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they’re deciding, make even more art.' - Andy Warhol

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they’re deciding, make even more art.”


— Andy Warhol

'No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.' - Oscar Wilde

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”


— Oscar Wilde

'Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.' - Edgar Degas

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.”


— Edgar Degas

'There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.' - Helen Frankenthaler

“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.”


— Helen Frankenthaler

'Every artist was first an amateur.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Every artist was first an amateur.”


— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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