Art Quotes

Albert Camus Quote: If the world were clear, art would not exist.
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Art must make its own way and by its own means.

Leon Trotsky

Art is the expression of man’s joy in his work.

Elbert Hubbard

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.

Albert Einstein

Art is the lie that makes us realize truth.

Pablo Picasso

Art is the proper task of life.

Friedrich Nietzche

What is art.. but nature concentrated?

Honoré de Balzac

George Sand

Art is a demonstration of which nature is the proof.

George Sand

Let each man exercise the art he knows.


Oh my, but art is long and our life is fleeting.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.


Art lifts man from his personal life into the universal life.

Leo Tolstoy

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.

Robert Schumann

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

Henry David Thoreau

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Pablo Picasso

Art is not a thing, it is a way.

Elbert Hubbard

Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.

Alfred de Vigny

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

Francis Bacon

Art is not a thing separate and apart; art is only the beautiful way of doing things.

Elbert Hubbard

Through art alone are we able to emerge from ourselves, to know what another person sees.

Marcel Proust

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

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.

Khalil Gibran

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.

Anatole France

Slowly I discovered the secret of my art. It consists of a meditation on nature, on the expression of a dream which is always inspired by reality.

Henri Matisse


Dreams are the food of human progress. Poetry, like all physics, ultimately quantifies the unquantifiable that is beyond all form.

Vanna Bonta

You are some kind of a mystery suspended between two eternities. And in that moment, when a mind looks out at a world and asks the question, 'What is it?' In that moment art can be created.

Terence Mckenna

Art is a mystery.
A mystery is something immeasurable.
In so far as every child and woman and man may be immeasurable, art is the mystery of every man and woman and child. In so far as a human being is an artist, skies and mountains and oceans and thunderbolts and butterflies are immeasurable; and art is every mystery of nature.

E. E. Cummings

Art for the sake of art itself is an idle sentence. Art for the sake of truth, for the sake of what is beautiful and good — that is the creed I seek.

George Sand

The idea of beauty is the fundamental idea of everything. In the world we see only distortions of the fundamental idea, but art, by imagination, may lift itself to the height of this idea. Art is therefore akin to creation.

Leo Tolstoy

I'm no teacher. Never wanted to teach and don't believe in teaching an art. Science yes, business of course..but an art cannot be taught. You can only inculcate it, you can be an exemplar, you can create an atmosphere in which it can grow.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Poetry is the universal art of the spirit which has become free in itself and which is not tied down for its realization to external sensuous material; instead, it launches out exclusively in the inner space and the inner time of ideas and feelings.


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A Seeker's Thoughts on Art
In The Door of Direct Experience, I laid forth the paradigm that art is a door to the timeless, and it is precisely this timeless quality which we enjoy when creating and appreciating art.

You may be wondering what do could this timeless that I speak of be exactly?

Well to that I would say that your source being is timeless, as it always finds itself in a realm beyond time. In other words, time cannot bind your consciousness, because your consciousness is prior to it.

What do you think art is?
Feel free to write me!