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I would not trust all sayings below completely. I prefer to say that every child who can draw a line can draw, and that everyone shows some artistry somewhere and somehow in what can be a life-long art of living. Still, there are many sides to artistic expression, and there may be times and conditions where the following quotes hold good a long way, I think. - TK


Experience teaches that a strong memory may be joined to a weak judgement. [Cf. Michel de Montaigne]

Think of an impressionistic painter. Something valuable may cost, both to produce it and get it after that.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. [Pablo Picasso]

Art requires courage. [With Anne Tucker]

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. [Aristotle]

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea. [John Anthony Ciardi]

An artist's instinct is more refined than the typical mortal's. [Holden Rinehart]

An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it. [Paul Valéry]

The fine arts once divorcing themselves from truth are quite certain to fall mad, if they do not die. [Thomas Carlyle, Latter Day Pamphlets, no. 8]

God . . . invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat . . . He just goes on trying other things. [Pablo Picasso]

Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don't like - then cultivate it. That's the only part of your work that's individual and worth keeping. [Jean Cocteau]

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