No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Great art stretches the taste, it doesn't follow tastes.
It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.
For great things do not done just happen by impulse but are a succession of small things linked together.
The greater the artist, the greater the doubt.
I counted solely on the clarity of expression of my work to gain my ends.
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
Great art picks up where nature ends.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
You don't take a photograph, you make it.
Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort.
Every artist was first an amateur.
Hatred, rancor, and the spirit of vengeance are useless baggage to the artist. His road is difficult enough for him to cleanse his soul of everything which could make it more so.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Good artists copy, great artists steal.
There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
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