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Art does not solve problems but makes us aware of their existence. It opens our eyes to see and our brain to imagine.
Magdalena Abakanowicz

Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.*
*Attribution questionable.
Scott Adams

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Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity.
Daniel Barenboim

Politics is the art of the possible.
Otto von Bismarck

Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.
Samuel Butler

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Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks.
Roger Caras

Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up.

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.
Marc Chagall

Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion ... produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
Jean Cocteau

I should paint my own places best.
John Constable

Painting is but another word for feeling.
John Constable

The sound of water escaping from mill-dams, etc., willows, old rotten planks, slimy posts, and brickwork ... those scenes made me a painter and I am grateful.
John Constable

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Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.
Max Eastman

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.
Max Eastman

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
Max Eastman

Dance is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
Havelock Ellis

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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

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Modesty: the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.
Oliver Herford

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The media ... is like an oil painting. Close up, it looks like nothing on earth. Stand back and you get the drift.
Bernard Ingham

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The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
William James

Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. To perform this difficult office it is sometimes necessary for him to sacrifice happiness and everything that makes life worth living for the ordinary human being.
Carl Jung

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Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

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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What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter ... a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
Henri Matisse

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Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
Charlie Parker

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers... What we call art is a game.
Octavio Paz

People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.
Pablo Picasso

When I was the age of these children I could draw like Raphael: it took me many years to learn how to draw like these children.
Pablo Picasso

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A Bachelor of Arts is one who makes love to a lot of women, and yet has the art to remain a bachelor.
Helen Rowland

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Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
John Singer Sargent

All art is but imitation of nature.

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
Tom Stoppard

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The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.

The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
Mary Heaton Vorse

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The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
Oscar Wilde

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