Artists Quotes

“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished. Tell about it.”
- Mary Oliver

 “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
- Goethe

 “From around the age of six,
I had the habit of sketching from life.
I became an artist,
and from fifty on began producing works that won some reputation,
but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention.
At seventy-three, I began to grasp the structures of birds and beasts,
insects and fish, and of the way plants grow.
If I go on trying,
I will surely understand them still better by the time I am eighty-six,
so that by ninety I will have penetrated to their essential nature.
At one hundred, I may well have a positively divine understanding of them,
while at one hundred and thirty, forty, or more I will have reached the
stage where every dot and every stroke I paint will be alive.
May Heaven, that grants long life,
give me the chance to prove that this is no lie.”
- Hokusai

"The world is but a canvas to our imagination."
- Albert Einstein

Miracles happen to those who believe in them
- Bernard Berenson

"Energy, sincerity, clarity of vision, creativity, mission statement for Safari as a Way of Life. To explore the unknown and the familiar, distant and near, and to record in detail with the eyes of a child, any beauty of the flesh or otherwise. There is little difference in exploring and being lost."
- Dan Eldon

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

- Michelangelo


"It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character."
- Camille Pissarro

"Stuff your eyes with wonder; live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories."
- Ray Bradbury
  
"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

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
- Gandi

"If you are drawing a man falling off a building, you should finish the sketch before he hits the ground."
- Eugene Delacroix

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”  
-A. Schweitzer

"Do one thing every day that scares you."
- Eleanor Roosevelt