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The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one's obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.
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John Updike Quotes

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No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
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Oscar Wilde Quotes

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Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me leave to do my utmost.
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Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
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Being perfect artists and ingenuous poets, the Chinese have piously preserved the love and holy cult of flowers; one of the very rare and most ancient traditions which has survived their decadence. And since flowers had to be distinguished from each other, they have attributed graceful analogies to them, dreamy images, pure and passionate names which perpetuate and harmonize in our minds the sensations of gentle charm and violent intoxication with which they inspire us. So it is that certain peonies, their favorite flower, are saluted by the Chinese, according to their form or color, by these delicious names, each an entire poem and an entire novel: The Young Girl Who Offers Her Breasts, or: The Water That Sleeps Beneath the Moon, or: The Sunlight in the Forest, or: The First Desire of the Reclining Virgin, or: My Gown Is No Longer All White Because in Tearing It the Son of Heaven Left a Little Rosy Stain; or, even better, this one: I Possessed My Lover in the Garden.
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Octave Mirbeau Quotes

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An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
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George Santayana Quotes

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An artist's career always begins tomorrow.
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James McNeill Whistler Quotes

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The refuge of the morally, intellectually, artistically and economically bankrupt is war.
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Martin H. Fischer Quotes

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Women, poets, and especially artists, like cats; delicate natures only can realize their sensitive systems.
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Helen M. Winslow Quotes

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A subject that is beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist. It lacks imperfection.
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Oscar Wilde Quotes

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An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
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Edgard Varese Quotes

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Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid.
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Jules Feiffer Quotes

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No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
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Oscar Wilde Quotes

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It's the only job I can think of where I get to be both an engineer and an artist. There's an incredible, rigorous, technical element to it, which I like because you have to do very precise thinking. On the other hand, it has a wildly creative side where the boundaries of imagination are the only real limitation.
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Andy Hertzfeld Quotes

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Writers are just people who have a whole lot on the inside that they need to get to the outside, with pen and paper as their preferred method of transport. Same with dancers, artists, and singers - all the same urges with differing transportation.
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Graycie Harmon Quotes

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An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them.
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Andy Warhol Quotes

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An artist, in giving a concert, should not demand an entrance fee but should ask the public to pay, just before leaving as much as they like. From the sum he would be able to judge what the world thinks of him - and we would have fewer mediocre concerts.
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Kit Coleman Quotes

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The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe, he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.
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Henry Miller Quotes

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A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
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George Moore Quotes

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Liberty is the possibility of doubting, of making a mistake,... of searching and experimenting,... of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, social, and even political.
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Ignazio Silone Quotes

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