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" I hope to live all my life for my art, without abandoning my principles one iota. "
" Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life. "
" I think that the destructive element is too much neglected in art. "
" The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history. "
" Art is the provocation for talking about enigma and the search for sense in human life. One can do that by telling a story or writing about a fresco by Giotto or studying how a snail climbs up a wall. "
" The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art. "
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
" You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. "
" The task of art today is to bring chaos into order. "
" Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin - find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less. "
" There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within. "
" Life doesn't last; art doesn't last. It doesn't matter. "
" In art there are only fast or slow developments. Essentially it is a matter of evolution, not revolution. "
" The art of bread making can become a consuming hobby, and no matter how often and how many kinds of bread one has made, there always seems to be something new to learn. "
" Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty. "
" Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. "
" Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I've a call. "
" I do not regard advertising as entertainment or an art form, but as a medium of information. "
" Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws. "
" Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation. "
" Art is observing society around you, representing it through your eyes. "
" Professionalism in art has this difficulty: To be professional is to be dependable, to be dependable is to be predictable, and predictability is esthetically boring - an anti-virtue in a field where we hope to be astonished and startled and at some deep level refreshed. "
" Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. "
" Not everybody is a great rapper; not everybody lives for the art of lyricism. "
" The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person. "
" All good art is an indiscretion. "
" Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. "
" Use the creative process - singing, writing, art, dance, whatever - to get to know yourself better. "
" I rarely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body. "
" Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding. "
Gian Carlo Menotti
" Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms. "
" In winter, the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity. Summer is more wooing and seductive, more versatile and human, appeals to the affections and the sentiments, and fosters inquiry and the art impulse. "