The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
I've also seen that great men are often lonely. This is understandable, because they have built such high standards for themselves that they often feel alone. But that same loneliness is part of their ability to create.
Let's not be afraid to speak the common sense truth: you can't have high standards without good discipline.
Comparisons are odious.
When anything goes, everything goes.
Without a standard there is no logical basis for making a decision or taking action.
It was a really interesting time in New York in the late 70s and early 80s, and the music scene was really, really interesting because you didn't have to be a virtuoso to make music, it was more about your desire to express things.
Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.
Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.
The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.
Sometimes good art jumps out at me; most of the time I see bad art, or see nothing at all and just drift, feeling weird, pretending to be fine.
Those who try to combat the production of shoddy pictures are enemies of the best art today... It always feels tragic to see people labouring to saw off the branch they are sitting on.
Under ordinary circumstances, bad art naturally gets sorted out and disappears. That is how history works when it is left alone to do its job.
In art there is no absolute good or bad, but it is absolute that there is good and bad.
The painting world is awash with people who cannot paint. This is a condition that would not be tolerated in other professions such as Dentistry, Medicine, or among members of the Airline Pilot's Association.
Art thrives on a difference of opinion. My treasure is your junk, sort of thing. Life would be dull if we all agreed.
In life and art we need to make sure that we honour that which our hearts and brains tell us is good. And we should cast a philosophic yet curious smile at that which our hearts and brains tell us otherwise.
Nobody knows what makes good art. As an artist, when it happens, you're grateful, and then you get on with it.
Your work may be great and not make its way into the big picture... like Van Gogh... so who's to say what's good and bad?
The problem with Matisse is that I can't ever figure out when he's done a good painting or a bad painting because I don't know how to analyse him. I just know that I like the way he put it on and I like his airs and forms.
An age is best revealed by its artists of the second rank.
Art is completely subjective. It's up to the viewer to judge whether or not it has merit.
There is no standard way of using painting techniques.
Any artist who doesn't think he's the best should quit.
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