Quotes on Art

A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
~ Orson Welles
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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
~ Pablo Picasso
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Great art picks up where nature ends.
~ Marc Chagall
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If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.
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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
~ Scott Adams
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If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
~ Orson Welles
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Abstract art is the product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
~ Al Capp
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Who speaks the truth stabs Falsehood to the heart.
~ James Russell Lowell
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Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.
~ Pablo Picasso
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Every child is an artist; the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
~ Pablo Picasso
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Morality, like art, consists in drawing a line somewhere.
~ G. K. Chesterton
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If art, all art, is concerned with truth, then a society in denial will not find much in use for it.
~ Jeanette Winterson
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Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
~ Pablo Picasso
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Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out.
~ Martin Scorsese
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I'm glad I finally took my dad's and mom's advice and got into it.
~ Jeff Bridges,
on acting
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The red carpet feels like a war zone, except you cannot fly or fight; you just have to stand there and take it.
~ Lupita Nyong'o,
on awards season
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Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.
~ D. W. Winnicott
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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
~ Jane Austen
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I like dominating women as they are more competent.
~ Soumik Sen,
on whether Bengali women are dominating
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The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.
~ Orson Welles
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The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.
~ Anton Chekhov
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Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
~ George Bernard Shaw
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Watching actors heartily applauding the Oscar winners you will see how good at acting they all are.
~ Kaushik Basu,
on the Oscars
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Good entertainment often is not artistic. Good art often is entertaining.
~ Oscar Wilde
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We are the clay, and thou art our potter.
~ The Bible,
Isaiah 64:8
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The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
~ Jean Cocteau
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Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
~ Oscar Wilde
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I dream my painting and I paint my dream.
~ Vincent van Gogh
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Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
~ Pablo Picasso
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Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
~ Thomas Merton
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Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.
~ Pablo Picasso
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Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.
~ William Wordsworth
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It's said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies - because you never know when you'll have to work with them.
~ Lana Turner
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What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.
~ Augustus Homer Saint-Gaudens
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If I had concentrated on just mass appeal, I would not have remained in the industry for more than 40 years.
~ Soumitra Chatterjee,
veteran thespian, on his acting career
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An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.
~ Paul Valery
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Art is the only thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.
~ Elizabeth Bowen
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All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique.
~ James Arthur Baldwin
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The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
~ Tom Clancy
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Writing is thinking on paper.
~ William Zinsser
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Critics? I love every bone in their heads.
~ Eugene O`Neill
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I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.
~ Carrie Fisher
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In Hollywood they say there's no business like show business. In the hood they say there's no business like ho' business.
~ 50 Cent
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It's a cliche to say it's an honor just to be nominated. But it's more than that. It's a lie.
~ Stephen Colbert
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The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.
~ Pablo Picasso
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A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth, and that is why we call what he writes fiction.
~ William Faulkner
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The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
~ Anais Nin
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Personality is the most important thing to an actress's success.
~ Mae West
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Competition is the death of art.
~ Dana Gould
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Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.
~ William Plomer
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There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.
~ Doris Lessing
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How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
~ Henry David Thoreau
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Books are a uniquely portable magic.
~ Stephen King
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Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you have got it made.
~ George Burns
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If you haven't had at least a slight poetic crack in the heart, you have been cheated by nature.
~ Phyllis Battelle
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It's funny to be a critic.
~ Leslie Fiedler
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Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
~ Leonardo da Vinci
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One learns to ignore criticism by first learning to ignore applause.
~ Robert Brault
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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
~ Maya Angelou
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To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist.
~ Jasper Johns
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Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are.
~ Erica Jong
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The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one - or both. Usually both.
~ Susan Sontag
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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
~ Emile Zola
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Music is one of the ways we can achieve a kind of shorthand to understand each other.
~ Yo-Yo Ma
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O, how much simpler things would be, if eyes could paint or brush could see.
~ Robert Brault
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A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a love sickness. It is never a thought to begin with.
~ Robert Frost
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A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
~ Dean Acheson
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At the end of the day, people buy people. So spending time on your personal brand will pay dividends for years to come.
~ Lesley Everett
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Music is the universal language of mankind.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A person who irritates you always is the one who loves you very much but fails to express it.
Tom & Jerry
~ Jerry
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Never judge a book by its movie.
~ J.W. Eagan
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Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
~ Twyla Tharp
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Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
~ Ernest Hemingway
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I feel most like myself when I am playing someone else.
~ Ingrid Bergman
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Art is always the replacement of indifference by attention.
~ Guy Davenport
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Sleep is an excellent way to listening to opera.
~ James Stephens
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In California, they don't throw their garbage away - they make it into TV shows.
~ Woody Allen
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Some people cry at weddings, some at funerals. I cry at performances of Shakespeare's comedies.
~ Russ McDonald
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No one can change a person, but a person can be the reason someone changes.
SpongeBob
~ SpongeBob SquarePants
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Photography is not art. It's pressing buttons. People take it up because they can't draw.
~ Lord Snowdon
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Hollywood is full of genius. All it lacks is talent.
~ Henri Bernstein
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I rather think poetry has given me up, which is a great sorrow to me. But not an enormous crushing sorrow. It's a bit like going bald.
~ Philip Larkin
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Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
~ John Erskine
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In the theatre , the director is God; unfortunately, the actors are atheists.
~ Zarko Petan
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After God, Shakespeare has created most.
~ Alexandre Dumas
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While industrialists make products in the factory, many brands are created in the minds of PRs.
~ Dale Bhagwagar
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Critics are people who hated Mickey Mouse when they were children- if they ever were children.
~ Moss Hart
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I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.
~ Vincent Van Gogh
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A critic is a man who expects miracles.
~ James Huneker
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The only thing that really hurts the movies today is the amount of time people spend on phones, and skypeing and tweeting and texting.
~ Steven Spielberg
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Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.
~ Vincent Van Gogh
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Pop changes week to week, month to month. But great music is like literature.
~ Pandit Ravi Shankar
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Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.
~ Paulo Coelho
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I love the film industry. If I could drop dead on a film set at 80, that's how I'd want to go.
~ Daniel Radcliffe
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I never play characters that are like me because I'm a boring person.
~ Oscar winner, on her sudden rise to fame
~ Jennifer Lawrence
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Never work with any actor smaller than his Oscar.
~ on Dustin Hoffman
~ Larry Gelbart
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You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell down.
~ at her acceptance speech as Best actor(F) at Oscars 2013.
~ Jennifer Lawrence
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Win or lose, I'll be drinking - that's the good news.
at Oscars 2013
~ George Clooney
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It doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life. It just matters that you get up.
After winning the Oscar for Best Director for his film 'Argo'.
~ Ben Affleck
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You can be happy or you can be unhappy. It's just according to the way you look at things.
~ Walt Disney
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You ain't goin' nowhere son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck.
~ of the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, firing Elvis Presley after his first performance
~ Jim Denny
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What can you do with a guy with ears like that?
~ While rejecting Clark Gable in 1930
~ Jack Warner
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Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
~ Banksy
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I think he is the funniest guy I've ever known... He is also maybe the most insecure person I've ever known.
~ on rival Jay Leno
~ David Letterman
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To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong!
~ Kelly Osbourne
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The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
~ Aristotle
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The more I use computers the more I realise I am not writing poetry anymore. There was something more emotional about using a pen and paper.
~ Shekhar Kapur
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I don't want to play Mr. Bean anymore.I think someone in his 50s being childlike becomes sad.
Rowan Atkinson, actor/comedian, on playing Mr Bean
~ Rowan Atkinson
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I was asked to act when I couldn't act. I was asked to sing "Funny Face" when I couldn't sing, and dance with Fred Astaire when I couldn't dance - and do all kinds of things I wasn't prepared for. Then I tried like mad to cope with it.
~ Audrey Hepburn
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A true critic ought to dwell rather upon excellencies than imperfections.
~ Joseph Addison
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Foreign filmmakers will show what they want. But it is unfair to either show the darker side of or to glorify India.
Ang Lee, Filmmaker, on foreign-made films about India
~ Ang Lee
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Creativity is an act of courage. Avoid opinions.
~ Paulo Coelho
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Acting is the most minor of gifts. After all, Shirley Temple could do it when she was four.
~ Katharine Hepburn
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You don't see Indians in Hollywood films around which a story can revolve. As soon as we have a social presence in your society, I am sure there will be many actors from our part of the world that will be acting in Hollywood films.
~ Amitabh Bachchan
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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
~ Scott Adams
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For a great performance, the performer and the audience become one.
~ Shekhar Kapur
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Every artist was first an amateur.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Art is never decoration, embellishment; instead, it is a work of enlightenment.
~ Bruce Lee
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The golden rule of writing is to write what you care about. If you care about your topic, you'll do your best writing
~ Jerry Spinelli
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Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public
~ Paulo Coelho
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I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot.
~ Jean-Michel Basquiat
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Moonlight is sculpture.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
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I don't know if anybody wants to mix their politics with their entertainment
~ Fiona Apple
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I don't think it's about entertainment. I think it's about being ourselves.
~ Diane Sawyer
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I didn't get into entertainment until I was like 31. I didn't star in a movie until I was 46.
~ Paul Hogan
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Entertainment is in art like color in pictures
~ Martin Kippenberger
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I do not regard advertising as entertainment or an art form, but as a medium of information.
~ David Ogilvy
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I don't want to be someone's entertainment
~ Priscilla Presley
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Entertainment and art are not isolated.
~ Martin Kippenberger
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Media changes our world, shapes our dreams, tells our stories.
~ Mallika Chopra
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Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
~ Pablo Picasso
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