Chagall on Nature

"The habit of ignoring Nature is deeply implanted in our times. This attitude reminds me of people who never look you in the eye; I find them disturbing and always have to look away."

Da Vinci on Art & Spirit

"Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art."

Warhol on Critics

"Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches."

Van Gogh on Being Alive

"The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting."

Dali on Imitation

"Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing."

Salvador Dalí on Morning Musings

"Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy — the joy of being Salvador Dalí — and I ask myself in rapture, ‘What wonderful things is this Salvador Dalí going to accomplish today?’"

l'Engle on Perfection

"I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: Human creation is never perfect."

Pollock on Painting

"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through."

Picasso on Art

"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

Conrad on Artists

"An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation."

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Pause For Thought

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."