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31 Quotes to Remember Why Art Matters

1. Beauty will save the world. -Dosteovsky

2. Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. -Oscar Wilde

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4. Art is the lie that enables us to learn the truth. -Pablo Picasso

5. Art is a wound turned into light. -Georges Braque

6. To create a work of art is to create the world. -Wassily Kandinsky

7. Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind. -Magdalena Abakanowicz

8. Art that cannot shape society and therefore also cannot penetrate the heart questions of society, and in the end influence the question of capital, is no art. -Joseph Beuys

9. Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented – which is what fear and anxiety do to a person – into something whole. Louise Bourgeois

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11. Art is the daughter of freedom. Friedrich Schiller

12. Art gives people a reason to be alive. -Marilyn Mason

13. What is possible in art becomes thinkable in life. -Brian Eno

14. The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. -Neil Gaiman

15. I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could. -Georgia O’Keefe

16. One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experiences. -Ursula K. Le Guin

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18. Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale ‘til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

19. A simple line painted with a brush can lead to freedom and happiness. -Joan Miro

20. Art brings people back to their sensibility as human beings. This is the purpose of art: To bring people together and bring back the humanity as well. -eL Seed

21. Making art changes the world by changing the artist who makes it. -Erica Leibandt

22. Art begins with resistance, at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor. -Andre Gide  

23. There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun. -Pablo Picasso

24. To my mind a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful and pretty. There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them. -Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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26. Art is the perpetual motion of illusion. The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do? What else can you do for any one but inspire them? -Bob Dylan

27. If you create, the world becomes more beautiful, far more beautiful. Less and less is ugly if every day you recognize beautiful forms in ugliness and learn to love them. -Erich Ohser

28. A science or an art may be said to be “useful” if its development increases, even indirectly, the material well-being and comfort of men, it promotes happiness, using that word in a crude and commonplace way. -G.H. Hardy

29. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. -John F. Kennedy

30. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. -Anais Nin

31. Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. -Neil Gaiman

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