Tharp on Art

"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. "

Shaw on Reality

"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. "

Rodin on Artist Inside

"Inside you there's an artist you don't know about. He's not interested in how things look different in moonlight. "

Picasso on Art's Purpose

"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."

Tolstoy on Art

"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."

Glassie on Culture

"All art is an individual's expression of a culture. Cultures differ, so art looks different."

St. Francis on Work

"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."

Brancusi on Architecture

"Architecture is inhabited sculpture."

Reynolds on Rooms with Pictures

"A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts."

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Pause For Thought

MirĂ³ on Loving One's Work

"Throughout the time in which I am working on a canvas I can feel how I am beginning to love it, with that love which is born of slow comprehension. "