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Artists are dangerous. They show us what is possible within ourselves.
   – David Sherry

Imagination is the beginning of creation.
   – George Bernard Shaw

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
   – Henry David Thoreau

Creativity is intelligence having fun.
   – Albert Einstein

The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.
   – Vincent van Gogh

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, of inner stillness.
   – Eckhart Tolle

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
   – Plutarch

Art is a journey into the most unknown thing of all—oneself. Nobody knows his own frontiers.
   – Louis Kahn

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.
   – Andy Warhol

A painting is done when it no longer gives you a pain in the ass.
   – Wolf Kahn

I have come to see the nonsense of trying to describe fine scenery.
   – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Normality is a paved road. It is comfortable to walk but no flowers grow on it.
   – Vincent van Gogh

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

Art happens all the time, everywhere. All we have to do is to keep our minds open.
   – Jacek Tylicki

If you hear a voice within you saying, "You are not a painter," then by all means paint, boy, and that voice will be silenced.
   – Vincent van Gogh

If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.
   – Yann Martel, Author's Note, Life of Pi

My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness.
   – Michelangelo

A person's life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover, through the detours of art, or love, or passionate work, those one or two images in the presence of which his heart first opened.
   – Albert Camus

Arrange what pieces come your way.
   – Virginia Woolf

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
   – Marcel Proust

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
   – Mark Twain

Art teaches nothing except the significance of life.
   – Arthur Miller

Great art is an instant arrested in eternity.
   – James G. Huneker

Beauty will save the world.
   – Fyodor Dostoevsky

If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.
   – Zimbabwe proverb

I don't want music to be a matter of comfort but of expansion of the spirit.
   – Violinist Gidon Kremer, as quoted in The Guardian

We have art in order not to die of life.
   – Albert Camus

I paint in order not to cry.
   – Paul Klee

Dance is the movement of the universe concentrated in an individual.
   – Isadora Duncan

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.
   – Pablo Picasso

As a suffering creature, I cannot do without something greater than I—something that is my life—the power to create.
   – Vincent van Gogh

We have art so that we may not perish by the truth.
   – Friedrich Nietzsche

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.
   – Pablo Picasso

A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places.
   – Paul Gardner

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
   – Albert Einstein

Art is a lie that helps us to realize the truth.
   – Pablo Picasso

Art is the closest thing to running away, without ever leaving home.
   – Twyla Tharp

No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.
   – Edward Hopper

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.
   – Rene-Francois-Ghislain Magritte

I shut my eyes in order to see.
   – Paul Gauguin

The only cats worth anything are the cats who take chances. Sometimes I play things that I never heard myself.
   – Thelonius Monk

I believe it is impossible to make sense of life in this world except through art.
   – Daniel Pinkwater

One might say that science itself, and civilization and art, are all about different orderings of the world—to contain it, and to make it in some sense intelligible, communicable. And bearable.
   – Oliver Sacks

When I can no longer create anything, I'll be done for.
   – Coco Chanel

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
   – Friedrich Nietzsche