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Arts Quotes...

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Dear Colleagues:

I admit that I like quotations, I wind up making lists of them...
so I thought that this could become a group resource for everyone to conribute as they wish...

Allen

If we number them it will help future viewers find and reference them easily. Thank you all in advance for your contributions:

1. ”Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -- Picasso.

2. "Art is to society as dreams are to a person."
-- unknown source

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Hi Allen,
Great idea! I find quotes very inspiring as well. I would like to join you in posting them. Here is one from Sir Ken Robinson. Actually, everything he states I find inspiring!
"It is through feelings as well as through reason that we find our real creative power. It is through both that we connect with each other and create the complex, shifting worlds of human culture."

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(Thank you Christine for # 3 :-)

4. So I said to myself-I'll paint what I see-what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it-I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.
Georgia O'Keeffe (1920's)

5. I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for.
Georgia O'Keeffe (1920's)

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(Thank you Christine for # 3 :-)

4. So I said to myself-I'll paint what I see-what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it-I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.
Georgia O'Keeffe (1920's)

5. I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for.
Georgia O'Keeffe (1920's)

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alphabetical by author:
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
- Unknown

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Architecture is inhabited sculpture.
- Constantin Brancusi

Learning is an active process. We learn by doing.
- Dale Carnegie

Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations.
- Paul Cezanne

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.
- Sir Winston Churchill

The artist is not a special kind of man, but every man is a special kind of artist.
- A.K. Coomaraswamy

People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.
- Salvador Dali

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

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
- Walt Disney

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
- Albert Einstein

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious, the source of all art and science.
- Albert Einstein

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places.
- Paul Gardner

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

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
- Paul Gauguin

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
- Goethe

The essence of drawing is the line exploring space.
- Andy Goldsworthy

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time. It is just that the others are behind the time.
- Martha Graham

The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.
- Henry S. Haskins

Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.
- Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Life is short, art is long...
- Hippocrates

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
- Hans Hofmann

Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Art is not a thing; it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard

The camera, if it’s lucky, may tell a different truth to drawing - but not a truer one.
- Robert Hughes

A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.
- Eugene Ionesco

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
- Danny Kaye

We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.
- John F. Kennedy

A line is a dot that went for a walk.
- Paul Klee

Creativity takes courage.
- Henri Matisse

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

All anybody needs to know about prizes is that Mozart never won one.
- Henry Mitchell

The arts are the signature of a nation.
- Joan Mondale

Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind.
- Louise Nevelson

To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

If it weren't for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song.
- Carl Perkins

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

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
- Pablo Picasso

The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history.
- Robert Rauschenberg

A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
- John Ruskin

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere.
- Carl Sagan

Art is the signature of civilizations.
- Beverly Sills

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.
- Susan Sontag

Form ever follows function.
- Louis H. Sullivan

The road to success is always under construction.
- Lily Tomlin

You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus.
- Mark Twain

Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Practise what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.
- Rembrandt

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
- James McNeill Whistler

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

You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
- Robin Williams

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
- Emile Zola

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Wow - great lists. Thanks

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Wow - great lists. Thanks all. Here are a few more (different perspectives):
- There is no intercultural universal concept defining what music might be (Jean-Jacques Nattiez)
- "If everyone was happy in their relationships there would be no country music" (Unknown)
- Music is all about connecting people. Kids are all about socialization. Kids playing music - now you've got it!" (E.Kaminka)
- They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art." (Charlie Parker)
- The border between music and noise is always culturally defined (Jean-Jacques Nattiez)
- Without music, life would be an error. (Nietzsche)
- "I think it's difficult to make a convincing argument for ignorance in any field as rich and profound as music." (Michael Manring)

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