Poetry arrived in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where it came from, from winter or a river. I don't know how or when.
My whole life has been spent walking by the side of a bottomless chasm, jumping from stone to stone. Sometimes I try to leave my narrow path and join the swirling mainstream of life, but I always find myself drawn inexorably back towards the chasm's edge, and there I shall walk until the day I finally fall into the abyss.
The artist must have something to say, for mastery over form is not the goal but rather the adapting of form to its inner meaning.
You mustn't expect me to repeat myself. My past doesn't interest me. I would rather copy others than copy myself. In that way I should at least be giving them something new. I love discovering things.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle
The art of stone in a Japanese garden is that of placement. Its ideal does not deviate from that of nature. But I am also a sculptor of the West. I place my mark and do not hide. Isamu Noguchi
When the soul wants to have an experience of something, she throws an image of the thing ahead of her and then enters into it. Meister Johann Eckhart
You have to master your tools. The amateur often stays fascinated with them. The challenge is to move beyond it. Wayne Cosshall
A painter paints the appearance of things, not their objective correctness, in fact he creates new appearances of things.
It took me 40 years to find out that painting is not sculpture. Paul Cezanne
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess? Ludwig van Beethoven
I do not know myself how I paint it. I sit down with a white board before the spot that strikes me. I look at what is before my eyes, and say to myself, that white board must become something. Vincent Van Gogh
From the point of view of art, there are no concrete or abstract forms, but only forms which are more or less convincing lies. Pablo Picasso
Things are not difficult to make; what is difficult is putting ourselves in the state of mind to make them. Constantin Brancusi
A good picture, any picture, has to be bristling with razor blades. Pablo Picasso
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. Henry David Thoreau
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