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Speaking - Art Quotes

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Art - Quotes


Read the quotes. Discuss them:

  • Do you like them? Which do you agree with, which not? Why?
  • Do you know their authors? Who were / are they?
  • Which one you like the best? Why?
  • Discuss them with you partner. is there some typical logic behind some quotes; are some quotes similar?
  • Which one you find the strangest? Why?
  • Do you know some good quote about art that was not included here? Tell it to your classmates.
  • What kind of quotes about art is the most popular or typical??
  • Why are some quotes so contradictory? Could you divide these quotes into the opposing groups? What would these groups be like?


The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.

Paul Cezanne


“Art is anything you can get away with.”



An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.

Paul Valéry


Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

Salvador Dali


Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams


Life is not a support system for art. It is the other way around.

Stephen King


I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.

Vincent van Gogh


You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Ray Bradbury


A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first.

Samuel Butler


Culture is a little like dropping an Alka-Seltzer into a glass-you don't see it, but somehow it does something.

Hans Magnus Enzensberger


If you see in any given situation only what everyone else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it.

S. I. Hayakawa


Art is the product of the culture of the day. That which is a clone of yesterday's art is not art at all.

Susan Holland


In so far as he is a creator, the artist does not belong to a social group already moulded by a culture, but to a culture which he is by way of building up.

Andre Malraux


The more a race is governed by its passions, the less it has acquired the habit of cautious and reasoned argument, the more intense will be its love of music.



The Law of Raspberry Jam: The wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.

Alvin Toffler


Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors, who when their turn comes, will manufacture professors.

Simone Weil


Listen! There never was an artistic period. There never was an Art-loving nation.

James Abbot McNeill Whistler


You can lead a person to culture, but you can't make them think.

Thomas Wolfe


Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.

Albert Camus


It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.

Henry David Thoreau


Man's biological weakness is the condition of human culture.

Erich Fromm


Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.

Edward Abbey


English culture is basically homosexual in the sense that the men only really care about other men.

Germaine Greer


A serious problem in America is the gap between academe and the mass media, which is our culture. Professors of humanities, with all their leftist fantasies, have little direct knowledge of American life and no impact whatever on public policy.

Camille Paglia


It's a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

W. H. Auden


It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed "Wisdom." And then I know exactly what is going to follow: "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity."

Ludwig Wittgenstein


A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.

Abraham Joshua Heschel


I think it's one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates.

Angela Carter


New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements... the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture.

Jackson Pollock


There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.

Cyril Connolly


Art is lies that tell the truth.

Pablo Picasso


An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.

Charles Bukowski


There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books.

Charlie Chaplin


Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.

G eorges Braque


When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college- that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?"

Howard Ikemoto


If you want to have a million dollars and be an artist, start with two.

James Bauerle


There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.

John Constable, "Lecture"


If you really want to hurt your parents and you don't have nerve enough to be homosexual, the least you can do is go into the arts.

Kurt Vonnegut


No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time. It is just that the others are behind the time.

Martha Graham


Lord, let me always desire more then I think I can do.



The proper school to learn art is not life but art.

Oscar Wilde


Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

Oscar Wilde


I've decided, I'm going to feed every little addiction and silently go mad 'cause right now my writing sucks.



"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak."

Hopi Indian Saying


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