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Quotes about Art

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Adolf Hitler
(1889 - 1945)
Anyone who sees and paints a sky green and fields blue ought to be sterilized.
Al Capp[Abstract art is] a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
Bertrand Russell
(1872 - 1970)
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
Edmond de Concourt
(1822 - 1896)
A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.
Francois-Auguste Rodin
(1840 - 1917)
I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.
- (when asked to explain his sculpture method)
Frank Zappa
(1940 - 1993)
Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
Martyrdom is the only way a person can become famous without ability.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
If more than ten percent of the population likes a painting it should be burned, for it must be bad
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
Hilton KramerThe more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.
John BarthIt is often pleasant to stone a martyr, no matter how much we admire him.
John F. Kennedy
(1917 - 1963)
The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of our planet.
Lester Bangs
(1948 - 1982)
The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious.
- (rock critic)
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(4 BC - 65 AD)
All art is but imitation of nature.
Mark TwainMartyrdom covers a multitude of sins.
Mickey FriedmanNever give a party if you will be the most interesting person there.
Orson Welles
(1915 - 1985)
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Oscar WildeA thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Oscar Wilde
(1854 - 1900)
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
Pablo Picasso
(1881 - 1973)
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
Pablo Picasso
(1881 - 1973)
Bad artists copy; great artists steal.
Pablo Picasso
(1881 - 1973)
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Peter De Vries
(1910 - 1993)
The murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums.
Robert Byrne
(1917 - )
Partying is such sweet sorrow.
Stewart Udall
(1920 - )
The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic: The land was alive to his loving touch, and he, its son, was brother to all creatures.
- (US Representative, Secretary of Interior)
Tom Stoppard
(1937 - )
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
Vincent van Gogh
(1853 - 1890)
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
- (painter)
Wilson Mizner
(1876 - 1933)
Art is science made clear.
Winston ChurchillAlthough prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
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