"The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life."
"Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they are or people might think we're stupid."
"All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography."
"I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art."
"We know with certainty that art is a necessity, that we come closer to God when we become creators. We also know, that without art, we become dehumanized."
"Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago?"
"There's a saying among prospectors: "Go out looking for one thing, and that's all you'll ever find."
"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work."
"Love art. Of all lies, it is the least untrue."
"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist."
--SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSIS
"If God can work through me, he can work through anyone."
--SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
"Who is Man, the Artist? He is the unspoiled core of Everyman, before he is choked by schooling, training, conditioning until the artist-within is shriveled up and forgotten."
"He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals."
"Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training."
"What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult."
"In the evening I walk over field and meadow, the blue sky above me and, all around me, green crops and green trees, and I am not alone; for He who created heaven and earth is all around me and His love supports me."
--CASPER DAVID FRIEDRICH
"If the artist sees nothing within him, then he should also refrain from painting what he sees before him."
--CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH
"Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self."
"Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself."
"The human heart can go to the lengths of God. Dark and cold we may be but this is no Winter now. The frozen misery of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move. The thunder is the thunder of the floes, thaw, the flood, the upstart of Spring. Thank God our time is now when wrong comes up to face us everywhere, never to leave us till we take the longest stride of soul men ever took. Affairs are now soul size. The enterprise is exploration into God. Where are you making for? It takes so many thousand years to wake, but will you wake for pity's sake."
"Nature is inside art as its content, not outside as its model."
"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."
"For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people's love and concern for each other."
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