"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. "
"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. "
"Inside you there's an artist you don't know about. He's not interested in how things look different in moonlight. "
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
"The task of art is enormous. Through the influence of real art, aided by science, guided by religion, that peaceful co-operation of man is now obtained by external means-by law courts, police, charitable institutions, factory inspection, etc.-should be obtained by man's free and joyous activity. Art should cause violence to be set aside. And it is only art that can accomplish this."
Chagall on Artists' Dignity
"The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep."
"All art is an individual's expression of a culture. Cultures differ, so art looks different."
"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist."
"Architecture is inhabited sculpture."
Reynolds on Rooms with Pictures
"A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts."