Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
~ Scott Adams
A successful work of art is not one which resolves contradictions in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in its innermost structure.
~ Theodore Adorno
It is curious that money, which is the most valuable thing in life, excepis excipiendis, should be the most fatal corrupter of music, literature, painting and all the arts. As soon as any art is pursued with a view of money, then farewell, in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, all hope of genuine good work.
~ Samuel Butler
A picture is a poem without words.
To me it seems as if God conceived the world, that was poetry; he formed it, and that was sculpture; He colored it, and that was painting; He peopled it with living beings, and that was the grand, divine, eternal drama.
~ Charlotte Cushman
Nature is the Art of God.
~ Dante Alighieri in Monarchy
Art is a quest for the useless.
~ Gustave Flaubert
The artist is not a different kind of person, but each one of us is a different kind of artist.
~ Eric Gill
Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.
~ Rollo May
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
Art is the great stimulus to life.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Art is more godlike than science. Science discovers; art creates.
~ John Opie
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
~ Pablo Picasso
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
~ George Bernard Shaw
Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.
~ Lincoln Steffens
But then no artist is normal; if he were, he wouldn’t be an artist. Normal men don’t create works of art. They eat, sleep, hold down routine jobs, and die. You are hypersensitive to life and nature; that’s why you are able to interpret for the rest of us. But if you are not careful, that very hypersensitiveness will lead you to your destruction. The strain of it breaks every artist in time.
~ Irving Stone, in Lust for Life
Art is not pleasure, or an amusement; art is a great matter.
~ Leo Tolstoy, in What Is Art?