Ten Great Art Quotes and Two Stupid Ones

If you are looking for an artsy quote for your IG caption, or to impress your wine and cheese club, look no further! I have scoured history and the internet for ten beautiful, emotion-evoking quotes about art. There are a million lists like this on the internet, but good news! You found the best one.

10. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Thomas Merton

9. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou

8. “Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day.”

Winston Churchill

7. “If ever there’s a problem, I film it and it’s no longer a problem. It’s a film.”

Andy Warhol

6. “There is no ‘right’ way to make art. The only wrong is in not trying, not doing. Don’t put barriers up that aren’t there- just get to work and make something.”

Lisa Golightly

5. “If people would just look at the paintings, I don’t think they would have any trouble enjoying them. It’s like looking at a bed of flowers, you don’t tear your hair out over what it means.”

Jackson Pollock

4. “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Pablo Picasso

3. “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”


2. “… and then I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

Vincent Van Gogh

1. “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”

Neil Gaiman

Two Stupid Quotes:

“Computers are useless. They only give you answers.”

Pablo Picasso

I see what he’s saying here. The stupid part is that I cannot wrap my brain around the fact that Pablo Picasso was alive at a time when computers existed.

“At the heart of all great art is an essential melancholy.”

Frederico Garcia Lorca

Disagree! I think joy, even giddiness, have been essential ingredients to some of the best art in the world.

Do you have a favorite quote about art (or anything, really!) that isn’t listed here? Share it in the comments!

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