Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.
All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.
The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
The only thing I know is that I know nothing
An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
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.
I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
Ease is the enemy of the artist. When things get too easy, you're in trouble.
The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
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