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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

Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.
Magdalena Abakanowicz

I feel overawed by quantity where counting no longer makes sense. By unrepeatability within such a quantity. By creatures of nature gathered in herds, droves, species, in which each individual, while subservient to the mass, retains some distinguishing features. A crowd of people, birds, insects, or leaves is a mysterious assemblage of variants of certain prototype. A riddle of nature's abhorrence of exact repetition or inability to produce it. Just as the human hand cannot repeat its own gesture, I invoke this disturbing law, switching my own immobile herds into that rhythm.
Magdalena Abakanowicz

It is easy to follow, but it is uninteresting to do easy things. We find out about ourselves only when we take risks, when we challenge and question.
Magdalena Abakanowicz

My work comes from the experience of crowds, injustice, and aggression ... I feel an affinity for art when it was made a form of existence, like when shamans worked in the territory between men and unknown powers ... I try to bewitch the crowd.
Magdalena Abakanowicz

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

- B -
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 (Author)

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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.
Cervantes

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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Perfect beauty implies perfect simplicity, a quality that at first sight does not arouse the emotions which we feel before gigantic works, objects whose very disproportion constitutes an element of beauty.
Eugène Delacroix

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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

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

- J -
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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- L -
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

- M -
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

- N -
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.
Gloria Naylor

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- P -
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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- R -
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

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

All art is but imitation of nature.
Seneca

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.
Voltaire

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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