50 Beautiful Quotes about Art & Creativity

Here is a blog post dedicated to all of my favorite Art Quotes, either from famous artists or simply beautiful quotes I think every artist and creative needs to hear at least once in their life.

I love writing down quotes in my journals, so I have collected quite a few that I thought I should share with any readers who just need a little bit of inspiration to their day.

I hope you enjoy!

50 Beautiful Quotes About Art & Creativity

50 quotes on art and creativity

1. “… I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”  – Vincent Van Gogh

Art Quotes - Vincent Van Gogh

2. “Everything you can imagine is real.”  – Pablo Picasso

Art Quote - Everything you can imagine

3. When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it.”  – Yoko Ono

4. “Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.”  – Chuck Klosterman

Art Quotes - Art and love are the same thing

5. “You are the universe experiencing itself as human for a little while.”  – Eckhart Tolle

6. “I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo

7. “I thought I would be understood without words.”  – Vincent Van Gogh

8. “Where am I when I’m not in reality or in my imagination?”  – Dir Andrel Tarkovsky

9. “The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” – Robert Henri

10. “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.” -Emile Zola

11. “I am constantly trying to communicate something incommunicable, to explain something inexplicable, to tell about something I only feel in my bones and which can only be experienced in those bones.” – Franz Kafka

12. “You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” – George Bernard Shaw

Art Quotes - You use works of art to see your soul

13. “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

14. “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”   – Leondardo Da Vinci

15. “Art is the lie that enables us to learn the truth.”  – Pablo Picasso

16. “I dream my painting and paint my dream.”  – Vincent Van Gogh

17. “It ‘s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you are ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready, there is only now.”  – Hugh Laurie

18. “If I find in myself desires in which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”  – C.S. Lewis

19. “I live in my dreams – that’s what you sense. Other people live in dreams but not in their own. That’s the difference.”  -Herman Hesse

20. “Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.” – Pablo Picasso

21. “One must give value to their existence by behaving as if one’s very existence were a work of art.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Art Quotes - existence is a work of art

22. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”  – Thomas Merton

23. “We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.” – Pablo Picasso

24. “Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . . ” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

25. “I am an artist you know … it is my right to be odd.” – E.A. Bucchianeri

26. “Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for color, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.” – Wassily Kandinsky

27. “Creativity is a way of sharing your soul with the world.” – Brené Brown

28. “Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all.”  – Ray Bradbury

29. “It is through art, and through art only, that we can realize our perfection.” – Oscar Wilde

30. “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher

31. “Art is when a human tells another human what it is to be human.” – Adrian Elmer

Art Quotes - art is when a human

32. “Art is to console those who are broken by life.” – Vincent Van Gogh

33. “There is no reason not to consider the world as one gigantic painting.” – Robert Rauschenbert

34. “The prettier the garden, the dirtier the hands of the gardener.” – B.E. Barnes

35. “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso

36. “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” – Vincent Van Gogh

37. “Nature is a haunted house – but Art – is a house that tries to be haunted.” – Emily Dickinson

38. “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” – Pablo Piacasso

39. “All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn’t your pet – it’s your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.” – Joss Whedon

40. “The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.”  – Leonardo Da Vinci

41. “A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” -Diane Arbus

Art Quotes - a picture is a secret

42. “Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has made it, it is not given to all to know it. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the artist. It is a melody that he sings to you, and to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination.” – W. Somerset Maugham

43. “If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper

44. “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”  – Pablo Picasso

45. “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” – Claude Monet

46. “In the haunted house of life, art is the only stair that doesn’t creak.” – Tom Robbins

47. “Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.” – Vincent Van Gogh

48. “When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty… but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”  – R. Buckminster Fuller

Art Quotes - if the solution is not beautiful

49. “I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.” – Marcel Duchamp

50. “I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking” – Albert Einstein

Hope you found some inspiration from this list of Art Quotes here. If you have some of your own that you would like to share, leave it in the comments down below! I always love to hear from you!

And until next time my lovely readers,


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