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A creation of importance

A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A guilty conscience
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
Albert Camus

A priesthood
Art is not a pastime but a priesthood.
Jean Cocteau

Adventure of his soul
Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
W. Somerset Maugham

An artist
An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
Jean Cocteau

An artist cannot fail
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
Charles Horton Cooley

Children and art
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Pablo Picasso

Except in Paris
An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.
Friedrich Nietzsche

For art to exist
For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Frozen music
I call architecture frozen music.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Human nature
Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.
Virginia Woolf

Imagination
There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality, that it makes things happen.
Sean O Faolain

Incomprehensible work of art
To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can't eat it.
Leo Tolstoy

Investigation
Art is an investigation.
Twyla Tharp

It never improves
Art never improves, but... the material of art is never quite the same.
T. S. Eliot

It raises its head
Art raises its head where creeds relax.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Life
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
Stella Adler

Life is short
Life is short, the art long.
Hippocrates

Never finished
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
Leonardo da Vinci

Nothing new in art
There is nothing new in art except talent.
Anton Chekhov

Painting and poetry
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
Leonardo da Vinci

Run away
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Twyla Tharp

Spirit working
Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
Leonardo da Vinci

The aim of every artist
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
William Faulkner

The progress of an artist
The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
T. S. Eliot

The role of the artist
The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.
Anton Chekhov

Transformation
There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun
Pablo Picasso

What I paint
I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
Henri Matisse

Work of art
A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.
Alexander Pope

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