Art combines passion and imagination, the power to create and convey emotions. Although more often than not, art is simply the sun’s glimmer, the soft bluish hue of the sky. It’s the ocean and its waves so powerful but not intimidating.
It’s the billions of sands on the shore, too; not too soft, not too grainy, just enough to pamper your feet. It’s the palm trees and pretty birds singing. It’s you and your sentiments of peace and gratitude seeing all this. Because art is as simple as just being a moment.
Art is even life’s mundane setting. It’s your cat stretching, your dog smiling, your baby giggling. The smell of mom’s lasagna and the sound of dad’s beer fizzling. It’s seeing your siblings’ banter and hearing your friends’ teasing.
Because art doesn’t need to be deep or grand or unattainable. It just needs to be beautiful in your own eyes. And the most valuable piece of art in your life has always been the ones you love.
Here are 30 art quotes to inspire you to create and appreciate your own kind of art.
It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done. – Vincent Van Gogh
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Everything you can imagine is real. – Pablo Picasso
Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you. – Chuck Klosterman
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. – Leonardo da Vinci
Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something. – Rainbow Rowell
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul? – John Keats
You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. – Friedrich Nietzsche
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. – C.S. Lewis
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. – Albert Einstein
I dream my painting and I paint my dream. – Vincent Van Gogh
Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. – Pablo Picasso
Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious. – Oscar Wilde
Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep. – Clive Barker
One eye sees, the other feels. – Paul Klee
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. – Ansel Adams
I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. – Anais Nin
If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams. – Yann Martel
When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time. – Lady Gaga
If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. – Émile Zola
A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know. – Diane Arbus
If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it. – John Lennon
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. – Thomas Merton
A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. – Dylan Thomas
He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you. – Hannah Harrington
And now, I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time. – Lady Gaga
The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them. – Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Creativity takes courage. – Henri Matisse
Art without emotion its like chocolate cake without sugar. It makes you gag. – Laurie Halse Anderson
Nature is a haunted house–but Art–is a house that tries to be haunted. – Emily Dickinson
Share these 30 art quotes with your loved ones because art is seeing the beauty in family and friends.