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Celebrating creativity with 21 quotes about Art by The Best You

Art is the ultimate expression of the individual, of an ideal, a hope or an aspiration. It brings joy to countless billions and frees the imagination to consider new things.
That’s why we’re celebrating creativity with 21 quotes about art, right here, right now.
So get you paintbrushes out, and delight in this extraordinary human talent – creativity in all its fabulousness!



1. The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. – Pablo Picasso

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

5. When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection. – Agnes Martin

7. This world is but a canvas to our imagination. – Henry David Thoreau

9. Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. – Jonathan Swift

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

13. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Scott Adams

15. Once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny. – Georges Braque

17. Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. – Oscar Wilde

19. Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad. – Salvador Dali

21. 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

23. The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. – Michelangelo

25. Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. – Pablo Picasso

27. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. – John F. Kennedy

29. Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. – Isaac Asimov

31. Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. – Pablo Picasso

33. Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. – Dorothea

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

37. 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

39. To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. Henri Cartier-Bresson

41. To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist. – Robert Schumann


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