Art Quotes IV

Art Quotes IV


16-Art Quotes IV



There is no surer way of evading the world than by Art; and no surer way of uniting with it than by Art.

©JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

The great artist when he comes, uses everything that has been discovered or known about his art up to that point, being able to accept or reject in a time so short it seems that the knowledge was born with him, rather than that he takes instantly what it takes the ordinary man a lifetime to know, and then the great artist goes beyond what has been done or known and makes something of his own.

©ERNEST HEMINGWAY, Death in the Afternoon

Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.

©CHINUA ACHEBE, Hopes and Impediments

The artist has some internal experience that produces a poem, a painting, a piece of music. Spectators submit themselves to the work, which generates an inner experience for them. But historically it’s a very new, not to mention vulgar, idea that the spectator’s experience should be identical to, or even have anything to do with, the artist’s. That idea comes from an over-industrialized society which has learned to distrust magic.


No art is possible without a dance with death.

©KURT VONNEGUT, Slaughterhouse-Five

Art is the Mirror of our betrayed ideals.

©DORIS LESSING, The Golden Notebook

Art is the one form of human energy in the whole world, which really works for union, and destroys the barriers between man and man. It is the continual, unconscious replacement, however fleeting, of oneself by another; the real cement of human life; the everlasting refreshment and renewal. For, what is grievous, dompting, grim, about our lives is that we are shut up within ourselves, with an itch to get outside ourselves. And to be stolen away from ourselves by Art is a momentary relaxation from that itching, a minute’s profound, and as it were secret, enfranchisement.

©JOHN GALSWORTHY, Vague Thoughts on Art

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again.

©WILLIAM FAULKNER, The Paris Review, spring 1956

In art as in lovemaking, heartfelt ineptitude has its appeal and so does heartless skill, but what you want is passionate virtuosity.

©JOHN BARTH, attributed, Passionate Virtuosity: The Fiction of John Barth

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.

©ANDRE GIDE, Autumn Leaves


2 thoughts on “Art Quotes IV

  1. love that first quote about art helping us “evade the world”—definitely true that it unites us too though. i actually just started a video blog on the creative process/power of art forms from my perspective as a singer/songwriter. one of the series (actually the 1st one) explores whether music works on our minds like a drug—changing our state of consciousness, transporting us places….what do you think? anyway, great post thanks!

    • Well, in the process of creation we may find many aspects; i agree that some philosophy is necessary 🙂
      As for what i may think, concerning music, are many things – so many thoughts, so many birds – as many nests 🙂 as the expression say.
      Music was always a drug, for everyone 🙂 yet, we may experience different states of mind. But concerning of transporting us to other places, these are strange, as you are here but actually there, you are there, but someplace else.
      Nice blog u have there! is good to have a passion in music and guitar is an instrument with its own.. “powers”. I recommend u listen Chris Spheeris – that one really would transport someone to other plans 🙂
      thank you


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