22 Inspirational Art Quotes

A compilation of inspirational art quotes that will inspire the artist in you and make you think twice. We resonate with the last one the most. You can read it once or twice, but you will only get it the third time.
Inspirational Art Quotes

We have come across a lot of inspirational art quotes, so we decided to do a compilation. Here are the 22 quotes that really resonated with us.

If you have any favourite inspirational art quotes to add, let us know in the comment box below! We will do a Part 2 compilation if we have collected enough.

The One Liner

Now, let’s start with some short art quotes. They are perfect for your bio, wallpapers, art thoughts, Snapchats, etc.

“Art is either revolution or plagiarism.” — Paul Gauguin

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” — Charles Cooley

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ― Thomas Merton 

Not to forget the famous art quotes from Pablo Picasso.

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ― Pablo Picasso

“Everything you can imagine is real.” — Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ― Pablo Picasso

How about some deeper one liner?

“Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art.” ― Constantin Stanislavski

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” ― Vincent Van Gogh

“Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.” ― Danny Kaye

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Uplifting Quotes That Will Inspire The Artist In You

Here are some longer art quotes which is apt for your Instagram captions and Facebook social status updates too. And remember that, you become what you digest into your spirit. Whatever you think about, focus on, read about, talk about, you are going to attract more of that into your life. Make sure they are good for your soul.

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola

Some quotes about  photography:

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

“I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost.” ― Nan Goldin

Salvador Dali is still the best:

“Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy — the joy of being Salvador Dalí— and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things is this Salvador Dalí going to accomplish today?” ― Salvador Dalí

How about this?

“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

Quotes That Make You Read Again

Indeed, there are some art quotes that require you to think and digest. 

“I am a museum full of art, but you had your eyes shut.” ― Rupi Kaur

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” ― Stella Adler

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.” ― Oscar Wilde

inspirational art quotes

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

“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

The Longest Inspirational Art Quotes

The 22nd inspirational art quotes is also the longest one. We resonate with this the most. You can read it once or twice, but you will only get it the third time.

“Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is…and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be…and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart…no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn’t matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.” ― Robert Heinlein

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