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ARTISTS
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The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.
      - Francis Bacon

An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
      - Jean Cocteau

An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.
      - Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski)

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
      - Charles Horton Cooley

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 defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
      - Max Eastman

Every artist was first an amateur.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The true artist has the planet for his pedestal; the adventurer, after years of strife, has nothing broader than his shoes.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

In every artist there is a touch of audacity without which no talent is conceivable.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The artist who is not also a craftsman is no good; but, alas, most of our artists are nothing else.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The artist, like the God of creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.
      - James Joyce, A Portrait of an Artist

Great artists are modest almost as seldom as they are faithful to their wives.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

The great artists of the world are never puritans, and seldom even ordinarily respectable.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

The artist is the only one who knows that the world is a subjective creation, that there is a choice to be made, a selection of elements.
      - Anais Nin

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

Give me a museum and I'll fill it.
      - Pablo R. Picasso

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
      - Auguste Rodin

True artists are almost the only men who do their work for pleasure.
      - Auguste Rodin

It is the artist's business to create sunshine when the sun fails.
      - Romain Rolland

He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas.
      - John Ruskin

An artist may visit a museum, but only a pedant can live there.
      - George Santayana

I believe in Michelangelo, Velasquez, and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of color, the redemption of all things by Beauty everlasting, and the message of Art that has made these hands blessed. Amen. Amen.
      - George Bernard Shaw

The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.
      - George Bernard Shaw

A true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman


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