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Great artists steal[edit]

This was attributed to Berens, Michael; I cannot determine who this person is, and the "Mature poets steal" is attributable to T. S. Eliot, so I have put that (and other common attributions) in the Sourced section.

If someone can determine that Michael Berens is a noteworthy person and that this is a common attribution (which it isn't, according to Google), then it's worth adding as an addition common attribution, else it should remain removed.

Nbarth 00:30, 1 March 2008 (UTC)


If a work requires explanation should it be considered Art ??

—This unsigned comment is by (talkcontribs) .


These should be provided with sources before being moved back into the article.
  • Buy old masters. They fetch a better price than old mistresses.
  • Ineptitude has today, it seems, acquired full rights of citizenship in the realm of art.
  • I had recourse to a dictionary of synonyms, and there I found "deformed" in the company with such terms as "ugly, foul, loathsome, obscene," and read moreover that "to deform is to make something ugly in form."
  • The emotional states which a painter or other artist feels irresistibly forced to express are those most intimate states of mind and soul from which may be struck the spark or revelation, kindling a light that shows things in their deepest, most universal, and perhaps even eternal reality; this light we may call the light of poetry.
  • Abstraction is an exercise in a pre-assured failure. It is a futile attempt to communicate the non-communicable
  • If you want to know what true art is: Go outside on a clear night, wait until it gets very, very dark, then look up! You will see no rules of composition, no evidence of superior technique. Yet, you will be staring into the very face of pure, unadulterated beauty and wonder. That is the unattainable Ideal for which I must constantly strive.
  • It is not about which artist is more skilled than which other artist. It is about creating what is in you to create. A lack of confidence in oneself is like a thief, It steals from the world that which might be worthy.
  • No matter how much utter disdain I have for the work of a particular artist, I would still rather that he had created those works than hadn't.
  • No matter how substandard you feel your skill or talent may be, If you never produce your art, the world will always remain deprived of it.
  • The entire 'my art is better than your art' thing really gets under my skin. The fact of the matter is: Your art IS better than my art... at being what it is. So what? It just so happens that my art is better than your art, at being what it is.
  • When the established members of academia start becoming vocal as to how poor your art is, then you know you're on to something.
  • All colours are the friends of their neighbours and the lovers of their opposites.
  • Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always becomes ugly with time.
  • The whole beauty and grandeur of Art consists ... in being able to get above all singular forms, particularities of every kind [by making out] an abstract idea ... more perfect than any one original.
  • Great authors should be read, and not met.
  • Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.
  • I've always thought that art is a lie, an interesting lie. And I'll sort of listen to the "lie" and try to imagine the world which makes that lie true... what that world must be like, and what would have to happen for us to get from this world to that one.
  • Art has got nothing to do with taste.
  • The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but rather the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.
  • What's the difference between art and pornography... a government grant!
  • artists' imagination is bound to simplicity and as a rule is in conflict with common sense.
  • Most Christians' view of evangelism are along the same lines of the pro da campaigns of Nazi Germany. They have this 'us against them' concept, and they destroy art. They want to make films and music that make their philosophical position look good, which is not the same as art.
  • Art must anchor in nature, or it is the sport of every breath of folly.
  • Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is "man" in a higher sense — he is "collective man" — one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic forms of mankind.
  • I paint self portraits because I am the person I know best.
  • Art does not reproduce the visible; it makes things visible.
  • Art should be more then just brush stokes on canvas showing a precise and literal duplication of an event. Art is for more then that. True art captures emotions, feelings and the energy of the object or event that is being depicted. It goes far deeper then the cold, flat surface of duplication.
  • [Discipline in art is] a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing.
  • Creativity is the subtle theft of another's ideas.
  • Art is a bang/blast.
  • Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
  • Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
  • There is no abstract art. You must always start with something.
  • A community without artists is not a true community, only people living in the same vicinity.
  • The perfection of art is to conceal art.
  • The philosopher sought only to discover, the artist to perfect.
  • "Its an art"
    • Vincent van Gogh
  • The most beautiful art form imaginable is function.
  • I'd rather use art to climb than anything else.
    • Robert C Scull when asked if his purchases were for investment or social climbing, recalled on his death (1 January 86).
  • [It was] like the wild child who belongs in a delinquent home.
    • Lowery Sims, on status of modern art collection before $26-million, 110,000-ft² addition to the museum, Manhattan Inc. (August 1986).
  • An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.
  • We can forgive a man for making a useful thing, as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.
  • [The object of art is] to make eternal the desperately fleeting moment.
  • The function of all art ... is an extension of the function of the visual brain, to acquire knowledge; ...artists are, in a sense, neurologists who study the capacities of the visual brain with techniques that are unique to them.

If art behaved like religion, representationalists would have their families slaughtered and their studios bulldozed by abstract expressionists. -W. Seamster 2004

If religion behaved like art, abstract representationalists would have their families bulldozed and their studios slaughtered by expressionists. -V. Retsmaes 2005

This quote should be included and attributed to me -[edit]

"Cherish the revelation gained at your art being appreciated and feeling just how easy it was for you to create." - Roger Langbecker/Czarmangis Czarmangis (talk) 01:31, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

This does not meet the notability requirements here, as I indicated briefly on your talk page — though in I failed to note it here, as I do now — please see the guidelines on notability of sources or statements posted on the policy pages: Wikiquote:Wikiquote & Wikiquote:What Wikiquote is not. ~ Kalki·· 01:21, 10 May 2019 (UTC)

I guess only artist would understand it anyways... Czarmangis (talk) 21:18, 10 May 2019 (UTC)