The Art Of Living
“Art and life are subjective. Not everybody’s gonna dig what I dig, but I reserve the right to dig it.” Whoopi Goldberg
Mastering the art of living is about our quality of life. Besides our basic necessities of life and the elements that sustain life on our planets and in our bodies, our living standard means a great deal. It is not just about surviving but about living life abundantly. The art of life is a serious topic in any discussion about our everyday conditions of living.
That means enjoying a satisfactory lifestyle and improving our lot as time goes by. We also want security for life and limb. And now with hacking, our personal data and our identity must always be guarded. So the art of life lies in constant readjustment for our protection and continuity.
“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” Leonardo da Vinci
The Essentials Of Life
The basic necessities of life are food, which includes water, shelter, and clothing. Added to these essentials are sanitation, healthcare, education, and now the worldwide web superhighway which includes internet access.
Elements That Sustains Life
There are elements that sustain life on our planet and in our bodies. Humans who are mammals, utilize, of the 116 elements that are known, only 25 of these elements, which are essential to life. The most common 6 elements are carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulfur. 4 of these – carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen – comprise about 96% of our human bodies.
Meaningful Areas Of Our Lives
Important areas of life consist of body, spirit, mind, education, communication, family, community life, skill-set, career, finances, recreation, and contribution to community and society at large. And love for one another and taking care of our environment and our planet – earth.
Empower with Art is a resource that addresses these topics so we can better master the art of living.
- Body and Health
- Family and Community Life
- Skill-set and Professional Career
- Contribution to Community and Society
Our Bodies Are Dwellings
Our bodies are the temples that house our minds and spirit. And to function at maximum capacity the body, spirit, and mind must work in sync. Each one needs proper care and attention.
For optimal physical well-being, our bodies must be nourished with appropriate wholesome food to supply all the essential nutrients for living in peak condition.
Our Spirituality Is Our Beliefs
Our spirit corresponds with our faith and what we believe. Our beliefs are the blueprint by which we erect and build our lives. So our spiritual outlook is important as we journey through life. Our beliefs do change and this will also affect the course of our lives.
Our Minds Matter
The mind is closely related to our spiritual beliefs. As our thoughts and thinking stem from our overall belief system. Our habitual thoughts become things. Thoughts manifest in the physical world as matter becoming our reality.
As we contemplate our daily choices, we are like chefs who decide what ingredients – thoughts – to put in our dishes – our minds – to serve up our wishes.
“Watch a French housewife as she makes her way slowly along the loaded stalls… searching for the peak of ripeness and flavor… What you are seeing is a true artist at work, patiently assembling all the materials of her craft, just as the painter squeezes oil colors onto his palette ready to create a masterpiece.” Keith Floyd
Education: A Key To Occupation
“There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.” Isaac D’Israeli
Our minds must also be cultivated and trained by means of appropriate education and empowered to learn how to adapt to life with its many twists and turns. Education comes through many channels. Parents, guardians, elders, family members, neighbors, teachers, are just some of the different conduits through which information, learning, schooling, literacy, and nurturing stem.
We get guidance and direction from these ‘teachers’ in our lives. We learn discipline, study to prepare for the life ahead of us. With all this ‘coaching’ we recognize a culture within our home structure and environment.
With personal development, we expand our awareness and establish our identity. We also enhance the quality of our lives. By doing so, we commit to the fulfillment of our dreams, desires, aims, and ambitions.
We also learn how to control our emotions. We gain greater insight into the psychology of life as a means of effective communication skills.
Communication Is How We Relate
We learn to communicate through language. Parents and guardians are the first to teach us to talk. And we learn through formal education afterward.
Communication is necessary as we all live with others and our ability to correspond lovingly with others means the difference between harmony or disharmony.
“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” Vincent Van Gogh
“Is love an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort.” Erich Fromm
So we must learn how to communicate effectively.
“The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.” William Hazlitt
Communication is vitally important and necessary as we have to relate with others in our family, our environment, and our surroundings. This consists of our neighbors, our friends, our schoolmates, our elders, and our teachers.
“Art is communication.” Madeleine L’Engle
Community Is Our Networks
And communicating with others is how we get into relationships, with close friends and family as intimate kindred. Our family circle is really a community network that forms our immediate support system.
We also correspond and interact with other larger communities, and further environments. These may include special interest groups, circles, clubs, guilds, leagues, societies, unions, organizations, associations, fraternities, fellowships, meetups, congregations, assemblies, tribes, clans, crew, coalitions, and other affiliations or alliances. And now we can do so through the aid of our computing devices and with online social media.
Career Fields Choices: Skill-set
We can favor distinctive careers as we are lead to by our fascination with life. This is where we establish, grow and advance our intellectual and professional life.
There are so many career fields from which to choose, in order to learn new skills and develop our talents. Here are some main ones.
- Human Services
- Information Technology
- Medicine or Healthcare
- Public Administration
Our Finances Create Self-reliance
We learn skills and choose a career to earn a living to provide for ourselves. We become self-sufficient, to learn to rely on ourselves in order to sustain our lives. And if we have dependents, our careers must be upgraded to provide adequately for all in our family. Self-reliance makes us independent. It gives us greater confidence that we can use to push ourselves more forward in life.
Our Contribution To Society
When we support ourselves we also help advance the community and society at large by our life’s work. This is in effect our contribution to society.
“Using your talent, hobby or profession in a way that makes you contribute with something good to this world is truly the way to go.” Simon Zingerman
The finances we derive from our work through our careers also support our economies. And a thriving economy means there is an increased standard of living for all, as abundant trade and commerce ensure prosperity for our countries.
“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.” Simone de Beauvoir
Re-creation, Creativity, Leisure
And to make sure we have a balance in life, we need to recreate ourselves by means of recreational activities. Which can involve listening to music, reading, writing, watching television or movies, playing instruments, attending plays, concerts, shows, performances, and other entertainment.
Outdoor activities may include gardening, walking or strolling, playing sports, traveling, visiting parks and beaches, and other adventure pursuits.
We may also choose to get a massage or some other healing modality, or practice meditation, do yoga, or Pilates. There are additions to this list of activities that can also rejuvenate us. And get us tuned up for more of our endeavors.
Although creativity is a part of recreation, creativity can be a career or profession for those of us who have developed some artistic skill and can derive monetary gain from our creations or performances.
Mastering The Areas Of Our Lives
“Whoever uses the spirit that is in him creatively, is an artist. To make living itself an art, that is the goal.” Henry Miller
Mastering the art of living calls for mastering the different areas of our lives. That means all these important areas of life – body, spirit, mind and education, communication, family and community life, skill-set and professional career, finances, recreation, and contribution to community and society.
Each area is important as every other area. The body, spirit, and mind are the 3 most vital areas that affect the rest. Once we get these 3 right, the others are in natural alignment.
“It matters not how long we live, but how.” Philip James Bailey
First, the spiritual beliefs form a master plan or blueprint – a framework – from which we work. The mind then extends on this model and goes about creating a game plan designing how to achieve these higher objectives. From this draft or prototype, the body through all our physical abilities is necessary to perform the required tasks to accomplish the intended dream, desires, or goals.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” Marie Curie
From this picture, we can follow a road-map to enhance the quality of our lives, and subsequently to the overall fulfillment of our aims and ambitions.
Quality of life is vastly important as it is an ongoing process that needs constant growth and development to bring about know-how, abilities, skills, and proficiency. This calls for advancing these various areas of our lives.
We had nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore, except to make our lives into a work of art.” Lana Del Rey
So at the onset, we should have our spiritual values and credence in order, and not a matter of conjecture or surmise. Our convictions or strong opinions are what form our beliefs. So we should be careful how we program our minds or wire our brains with information from different news and information sources. As everything else stems from it.
The mind works with the spirit, as what we sourced gets turned into templates consisting of firm views and beliefs. This has to be emphasized because herein lies the direction our lives are going to take.
“You don’t have to make something that people call art. Living is an artistic activity, there is an art to getting through the day.” Viggo Mortensen
The mind and spirit work hand in hand and duly affects one another in the mental processes of thinking thought patterns that become habits. And our habits are reinforced by organized arrangements of constant actions we engage in every day we live.
What we strongly believe determines our course of actions in life. Whatever is fixed in our mindset eventually manifests in our outer-world reality.
From this follows what skills to develop, what line of work or career to pursue as we train intellectually and professionally.
“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.” Robert Henri
The people, groups, organizations, and affiliations we associate with, are a direct result of our beliefs and mentality.
And our recreational pursuits will most definitely be in accordance with our treasured way of thinking.
Our money earned will therefore fund the community and societal projects which most appeals to us.
That in a nutshell explains what makes someone ticks scenario.
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” William W. Purkey
Finally, we should embark on periodic contemplation and reflection on how our lives are going. If we are happy or not with the outcome of things, reflection serves as a way to change the direction of our lives and correct any misgivings.
So feedback through meditating on things in our recreational periods can have game-changing outcomes in our lives.
And the truth of life we discover for ourselves, in our re-creation of self in our meditate states, will inspire and motivate us further. With this further reexamination, using our imagination in our remedial intervals would surely assist in straightening out any dilemmas we detect, while invigorating any newly discovered re-charted approaches.
“Imagination governs the world.” Napoleon Bonaparte
“It is through living that we discover ourselves, at the same time as we discover the world around us.” Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Further articles will discuss each area at length and we will provide the links as we progress in this series of the Mastering The Art Of Living).
- Body and Health
- Family and Community Life
- Skill-set and Professional Career
- Contribution to Community and Society
Quotes About Art And Life
“A blank canvas has unlimited possibilities.” Stephanie Perkins
“A fine work of art – music, dance, painting, story – has the power to silence the chatter in the mind and lift us to another place.” Robert McKee
“A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.” Vincent Van Gogh
“A genuine work of art must mean many things; the truer its art, the more things it will mean.” George MacDonald
“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.” Dylan Thomas
“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” Ansel Adams
“A line is a dot that went for a walk.” Paul Klee
“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” Louis Nizer
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Napoleon Bonaparte
“A poor original is better than a good imitation.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.” Jorge Luis Borges
“After all, what is art? Art is the creative process and it goes through all fields. Einstein’s theory of relativity – now that is a work of art! Einstein was more of an artist in physics than on his violin. Art is this: art is the solution of a problem which cannot be expressed explicitly until it is solved. Piet Hein
“All creative art is magic, is evocation of the unseen in forms persuasive, enlightening, familiar and surprising, for the edification of mankind, pinned down by the conditions of its existence to the earnest consideration of the most insignificant tides of reality.” Joseph Conrad
“All real works of art look as though they were done in joy.” Robert Henri
“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. It is no mere chance that our older universities developed from clerical schools. Both churches and universities — insofar as they live up to their true function — serve the ennoblement of the individual. They seek to fulfill this great task by spreading moral and cultural understanding, renouncing the use of brute force.” Albert Einstein
“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.” Ossie Davis
“All we have, it seems to me, is the beauty of art and nature and life, and the love which that beauty inspires.” Edward Abbey
“Any great art work revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world – the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.” Leonard Bernstein
“Art always serves beauty, and beauty is the joy of possessing form, and form is the key to organic life since no living thing can exist without it.” Boris Pasternak
“Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.” Jean-Luc Godard
“Art begins when someone interprets, when someone sees the world through his own eyes. Art happens when what is seen becomes mixed with the inside of the person who is seeing it.” Chaim Potok
“Art does not reproduce the visible; it makes visible.” Paul Klee
“Art does not imitate, but interpret. It searches out the idea lying dormant in the symbol, in order to present the symbol to men in such form as to enable them to penetrate through it to the idea. Were it otherwise, what would be the use or value of art?” Giuseppe Mazzini
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton
“Art goes into the world unarmed, vulnerable to every quirk of fate, and it must survive only by its power to move men not to destroy it.” Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
“Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.” Leo Tolstoy
“Art is a kind of mining,” he said. “The artist a variety of prospector searching for the sparkling silver of meaning in the earth.” Jane Urquhart
“Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.” Jean Cocteau
“Art is a person’s private vision expressed in aesthetic forms.” Chaim Potok
“Art is a process, not a product.” Maryann Kohl
“Art is a space in which freedom tests its wings.” Marty Rubin
“Art is literacy of the heart.” Elliot Eisner
“Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence.” Friedrich Nietzsche
“Art is making something out of nothing, and selling it.” Frank Zappa
“Art is my life and my life is art.” Yoko Ono
“Art is neither a profession nor a hobby. Art is a way of being.” Frederick Franck
“Art is necessary in order that man should be able to recognize and change the world. But art is also necessary by virtue of the magic inherent in it.” Ernst Fischer
“Art is not a thing; it is a way.” Elbert Hubbard
“Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite – getting something down.” Julia Cameron
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas
“Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality. Those who have the gift of creative expression in unusually large measure disclose the meaning of the individuality of others to those others. In participating in the work of art, they become artists in their activity. They learn to know and honor individuality in whatever form it appears. The fountains of creative activity are discovered and released. The free individuality which is the source of art is also the final source of creative development in time.” John Dewey
“Art is science made clear.” Jean Cocteau
“Art is solving problems that cannot be formulated before they have been solved. The shaping of the question is part of the answer.” Piet Hein
“Art is that imaginative expression of human energy, which, through technical concretion of feeling and perception, tends to reconcile the individual with the universal, by exciting in him impersonal emotion. And the greatest Art is that which excites the greatest impersonal emotion in an hypothecated perfect human being.” John Galsworthy
“Art is the beautiful illustration of truth from the creative imagination. The truth is in our life and unless it comes from the formlessness to the form we do not realize it.” Laxmi Prasad Devkota
“Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Art is the giving by each man of his evidence to the world. Those who wish to give, love to give, discover the pleasure of giving. Those who give are tremendously strong.” Robert Henri
“Art is the magic mirror you make to reflect your invisible dreams in visible pictures. You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of art to see your soul.” George Bernard Shaw
“Art is the perfection of nature; for nature is the art of God.” Sir Thomas Browne
“Art is the proper task of life.” Friedrich Nietzsche
“Art is the signature of civilizations.” Beverly Sills
“Art is the supreme task and the truly metaphysical activity in this life.” Friedrich Nietzsche
“Art is the triumph over chaos.” John Cheever
“Art is to console those who are broken by life.” Vincent van Gogh
“Art is what is irresistible.” William Saroyan
“Art is, after all, only a trace – like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness.” Robert Henri
“Art today can only be revolutionary, that is, it must aspire at the complete and radical reconstruction of society, even if for no other reason than to emancipate intellectual creation from the chains which obstruct it and to allow all mankind to rise to the heights that only geniuses could reach in the past.” André Breton
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
“Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild.” Dante Alighieri
“Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.” G. K. Chesterton
“At the end of the day your ability to connect with your readers comes down to how you make them feel.” Benjamin J. Carey
“Bad art is more tragically beautiful than good art, because it documents human failure.” Henry Letham
“Be natural my children. For the writer that is natural has fulfilled all the rules of art.” Charles Dickens
“Beauty is at once the ultimate principle and the highest aim of art.” Goethe
“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
“Believe that you can do it cause you can do it.” Bob Ross
“Because when you love something, you want to do it all the time, even if no one is paying you for it. At least that’s how I felt about drawing.” Meg Cabot
“Calligraphy is a geometry of the soul which manifests itself physically.” Plato
“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.” Vasily Kandinsky
“Consider everything an experiment.” Corita Kent
“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.” Wassily Kandinsky
“Creativity is the brain’s invisible muscle – that when used and excercised routinely – becomes better and stronger.” Ashley Ormon
“Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience. Poetry and music exist in time. Painting and architecture are a part of space. But only the dance lives at once in both space and time. In it the creator and the thing created, the artist and the expression, are one. Each participates completely in the other. There could be no better metaphor for an understanding of the mechanics of the cosmos.” Lyall Watson
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” Andy Warhol
“Does our purpose on Earth directly link to the people whom we end up meeting? Are our relationships and experiences actually the required dots that connect and then lead us to our ultimate destinies?” Jennifer Elisabeth
“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.” Austin Kleon
“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.” Salvador Dalí
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Henry Ward Beecher
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso
“Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. The chasm is never completely bridged. We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.” Isaac Bashevis Singer
“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science –that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.” Claudia Gray
“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.” Don Miguel Ruiz
“Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people, and finally I did on the open road.
“Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.” W. Somerset Maugham
“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.” Pablo Picasso
“Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale ’til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Everything you invent is true: you can be sure of that. Poetry is a subject as precise as geometry.” Julian Barnes
“Fashion and music are the same, because music express its period too.” Karl Lagerfeld
“Expectation. That is the true soul of art. If you can give a man more than he expects, then he will laud you his entire life. If you can create an air of anticipation and feed it properly, you will succeed.” Brandon Sanderson
“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” Ingmar Bergman
“Find your authentic voice, become vulnerable, and then put yourself out there.” Meredith Brooks
“For a true artist, difficulties become opportunities and clouds become solid present.” Alejandro Jodorowsky
“Friendship is an obstetric art; it draws out our richest and deepest resources; it unfolds the wings of our dreams and hidden indeterminate thoughts; it serves as a check on our judgments, tries out our new ideas, keeps up our ardor, and inflames our enthusiasm.” Antonin Sertillanges
“Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.” Pablo Picasso
“Genius is not a possession of the limited few, but exists in some degree in everyone. Where there is natural growth, a full and free play of faculties, genius will manifest itself.” Robert Henri
“Good ideas stay with you until you eventually write the story.” Brian Keene
“Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.” Edward Hopper
“How should an artist begin to do his work as an artist? I would insist that he begin his work as an artist by setting out to make a work of art.” Francis Schaeffer
“Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.” Margot Fonteyn
“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” Madonna
“I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.” Marcel Duchamp
“I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.” Vincent van Gogh
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way… things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“I love you beyond paint, beyond melodies, beyond words. And I hope you will always feel that, even when I’m not around to tell you so.” Kiera Cass
“I have things in my head that are not like what anyone taught me — shapes and ideas so near to me, so natural to my way of being and thinking.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” Oscar Wilde
“I think comedy as an art involves the audience as a participant as much as is involves the artist.” Craig Ferguson
“I think the mystery of art lies in this, that artists’ relationship is essentially with their work — not with power, not with profit, not with themselves, not even with their audience.” Ursula K. Le Guin
“I think imagination is at the heart of everything we do. Scientific discoveries couldn’t have happened without imagination. Art, music, and literature couldn’t exist without imagination. And so anything that strengthens imagination, and reading certainly does that, can help us for the rest of our lives.” Lloyd Alexander
“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” John F. Kennedy
“If there is on earth, and among all these things of nothing, a belief worthy of adoration, if there is anything holy, pure and sublime, anything answering that immoderate desire for the infinite and the vague that we call the soul, it is art.” Gustave Flaubert
“Imagination is everything!” Termina Ashton
“If these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it’s this. I was here! I existed! I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.” Robin Williams
“Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us.” Richie Norton
“It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, and I know of no substitute for the force and beauty of it’s process.” Henry James
“It is an example of what films can do, how they can slip past your defenses and really break your heart.” David Gilmour
“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
“It is in books, poems, paintings which often give us the confidence to take seriously feelings in ourselves that we might otherwise never have thought to acknowledge.” Alain de Botton
“It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.” Oscar Wilde
“It’s true that things are beautiful when they work. Art is function.” Giannina Braschi
“More of me comes out when I improvise.” Edward Hopper
“Music gives color to the air of the moment.” Karl Lagerfeld
“Music is an outburst of the soul.” Frederick Delius
“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..” Pablo Casals
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” Claude Monet
“No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.” Edward Hopper
“One of the most valuable things one of my art teachers said to me was, ‘Don’t get upset by criticism. Value the fact that at least someone noticed what you did.” Chris Ware
“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
“Ordinary people are products of their environment and fit in. Artists transcend their environment and stand out.” Oliver Gaspirtz
“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.” Aldo Leopold
“People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.” Salvador Dalí
“Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos, music embedded deep within us to which we dance, even when we can’t name the tune.” Deepak Chopra
“Perhaps everything lies in knowing what words to speak, what actions to perform, and in what order and rhythm; or else someone’s gaze, answer, gesture is enough; it is enough for someone to do something for the sheer pleasure of doing it, and for his pleasure to become the pleasure of others: at that moment, all spaces change, all heights, distances; the city is transfigured, becomes crystalline, transparent as a dragonfly.” Italo Calvino
“Poetry and art and knowledge are sacred and pure.” George Eliot
“Science, like art, is not a copy of nature but a re-creation of her.” Jacob Bronowski
“Something, somewhere, knows what’s best for me and promises to keep sending me people and experiences to light my way as long as I live in gratitude and keep paying attention to the signs.” Jennifer Elisabeth
“Sometimes it is better not to talk about art by using the word “art”. If we just act with awareness and integrity, our art will flower, and we don’t have to talk about it at all.” Thich Nhat Hanh
“Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new film, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul.” Jim Jarmusch
“Story is the umbilical cord that connects us to the past, present, and future. Family. Story is a relationship between the teller and the listener, a responsibility. Story is an affirmation of our ties to one another.” Terry Tempest Williams
“Take each day in your open palms and close your fists around it. This life is not done with you yet.” D. Antoinette Foy
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle
“The aim of language is to communicate, to impart to others the results one has obtained. As I talk, I reveal the situation. I reveal it to myself and to others in order to change it.” Jean-Paul Sartre
“The artist always has the masters in his eyes.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The artist is a collector of things imaginary or real. He accumulates things with the same enthusiasm that a little boy stuffs his pockets. The scrap heap and the museum are embraced with equal curiosity. He takes snapshots, makes notes and records impressions on tablecloths or newspapers, on backs of envelopes or matchbooks. Why one thing and not another is part of the mystery, but he is omnivorous.” Paul Rand
“The artist must possess the courageous soul that dares and defies.” Kate Chopin
“The bond of sympathy, like the artist’s eye for beauty, may stretch across many divisions.” Theodore Roszak
“The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.” Marcel Duchamp
“The French say you get hungry when you’re eating, and I get inspired when I’m working. It’s my engine.” Karl Lagerfeld
“The good qualities in our soul are most successfully and forcefully awakened by the power of art. Just as science is the intellect of the world, art is its soul.” Maxim Gorky
“The great artists are the ones who dare to entitle to beauty things so natural that when they’re seen afterward, people say: Why did I never realize before that this too was beautiful?” André Gide
“The greatest art belongs to the world. Do not be intimidated by the experts. Trust your instincts. Do not be afraid to go against what you were taught, or what you were told to see or believe. Every person, every set of eyes, has the right to the truth.” Blue Balliett
“The human body is the best work of art.” Jess C. Scott
“The ideal art, the noblest of art: working with the complexities of life, refusing to simplify, to “overcome” doubt.” Joyce Carol Oates
“The key to understanding any people is in its art: its writing, painting, sculpture.” Louis L’Amour
“The modern artist is working with space and time and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.” Jackson Pollock
“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
“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.” Steven Pressfield
“The painter has the universe in his mind and hands.” Leonardo da Vinci
“The point of art is to inspire you to create your own.” Misha Collins
“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” Piet Mondrian
“The professional has learned that success, like happiness, comes as a by-product of work. The professional concentrates on the work and allows rewards to come or not come, whatever they like.” Steven Pressfield
“The role of art is to make a world which can be inhabited.” William Saroyan
“The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.” Michelangelo
“The tools are real. The viewer is real, you, the artist, is real and a part of everything you paint. You connect yourself to the viewer by sharing something that is inside of you that connects with something inside of him. All you have as your guide is that you know what moves you. All you have to do it with is a brush, some chemical and canvas, and technique.” Steven Brust
“The universe was made on purpose, the circle said. In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist’s signature.” Carl Sagan
“The work of art is an instrument for tilling the human psyche, that it may continue to yield a harvest of vital beauty.” Herbert Read
“The world before us is a postcard, and I imagine the story we are writing on it.” Mary E. Pearson
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” Pablo Picasso
“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” Pablo Picasso
“There is no art without contemplation.” Robert Henri
“There is something beautiful about a blank canvas, the nothingness of the beginning that is so simple and breathtakingly pure. It’s the paint that changes its meaning and the hand that creates the story. Every piece begins the same, but in the end they are all uniquely different.” Piper Payne
“There’s no retirement for an artist, its your way of living so there’s no end to it.” Bono
“There’s something about being naive. Really interesting things come because you don’t know what the rules are, what you can and can’t do.” Steve Buscemi
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Through art we make tomorrow better.” Eyran Katsenelenbogen
“To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.” Edward Weston
“To create art with all the passion in one’s soul is to live art with all the beauty in one’s heart.” Aberjhani
“To discover the mode of life or of art whereby my spirit could express itself in unfettered freedom.” James Joyce
“To evoke in oneself a feeling one has once experienced, and having evoked it in oneself, then by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds, or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling that others may experience the same feeling – this is the activity of art.” Leo Tolstoy
“To wake the soul by tender strokes of art, to raise the genius, and to mend the heart.” Alexander Pope
“Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.” Arthur Schopenhauer
“We are liable to miss the best of life if we do not know how to tingle, if we do not learn to hoist ourselves just a little higher than we generally are in order to sample the rarest and ripest fruit of art which human thought has to offer.” Vladimir Nabokov
“We don’t need more museums that try to construct the historical narratives of a society, community, team, nation, state, tribe, company, or species. We all know that the ordinary, everyday stories of individuals are riches, more humane, and much more joyful.” Orhan Pamuk
“We’re all pros already. 1) We show up every day 2) We show up no matter what 3) We stay on the job all day 4) We are committed over the long haul 5) The stakes for us are high and real 6) We accept remuneration for our labor 7) We do not overidentify with our jobs 8 ) We master the technique of our jobs 9) We have a sense of humor about our jobs 10) We receive praise or blame in the real world.” Steven Pressfield
“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” John Updike
“What is fair in men, passes away, but not so in art.” Leonardo da Vinci
“What we seek, at the deepest level, is inwardly to resemble, rather than physically to possess, the objects and places that touch us through their beauty.” Alain de Botton
“When I was a child my mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll be the pope.’ Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” Pablo Picasso
“When the creative impulse sweeps over you, grab it. You grab it and honor it and use it, because momentum is a rare gift.” Justina Chen Headley
“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.” Albert Camus
“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.” Winston Churchill
“Works of art are of an infinite solitude, and no means of approach is so useless as criticism. Only love can touch and hold them and be fair to them.” Rainer Maria Rilke
“Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don’t believe that only art matters, I do believe in art for art’s sake.” E. M. Forster
“Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.” Amit Ray
“You can’t help it. An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” Nina Simone
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” Ansel Adams
“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” George Bernard Shaw