120 Inspiring Quotes About Art, Life, And Living

Art is all around us and an important part of our lives, history, and living. We are blessed to have many great artists and others who have given us inspiring quotes to remember about art, life, and living.

Art not only inspires us, but the artist and their wisdom can help us all in our own lives. We have compiled for you 120 of our favorite quotes about art, life and living.

Life Quotes

1. “Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.” — Lillian Dickson

2. “Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” — Marilyn Monroe

3. “The greatest pleasure of life is love.” — Euripides

4. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” — Mary Kay Ash 

5. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” — Abraham Lincoln

6. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” —Audrey Hepburn

7. “Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.” — Ellen DeGeneres

8. “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. “Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you, and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” — Will Smith

10. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”  Buddha
11. Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.” – Sholom Aleichem

12. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee

13. When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us. – Alexander Graham Bell

14. “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

15. “Happiness is the feeling that power increases — that resistance is being overcome.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

16. “The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” — Confucius

17. “The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is a content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”— Seneca

19. “When it is obvious that goals can’t be reached, don’t adjust the goals, but adjust the action steps.” — Confucius

20. “Don’t be afraid to fail. It’s not the end of the world, and in many ways, it’s the first step toward learning something and getting better at it.” — Jon Hamm

21. “Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore

22. “The minute that you’re not learning I believe you’re dead.” – Jack Nicholson

23. “Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kinda falls into place.” — Jennifer Aniston

24. “Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby.” — George Bernard Shaw

25. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

26. “I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive.” – Joan Rivers

27. “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

28. “Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.” — Celine Dion

29. “Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met – obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.” — John F. Kennedy 

30. “Live for each second without hesitation.” — Elton John

31. “Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.” — Confucius

32. “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” — Helen Keller

33. “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”— Lao-Tze

34. “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or the life of another.” — Helen Keller

35. “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”– Soren Kierkegaard

36.  “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein

37. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”– Babe Ruth

38. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” – Steve Jobs

39. “The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.”– Frank Sinatra

40. “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” – Leo Burnett

Art Quotes

41. If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery. It wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.
Michelangelo

42. A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. Salvador Dali

43. Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson

44. Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. ― Pablo Picasso

45. Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. ― Al Hirschfeld

46. Whoever wants to know something about me, they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognize what I am and what I want. ― Gustav Klimt

47. If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. ― Marc Chagall

48. The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Aristotle

49. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. ― Anais Nin

50. Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced. ― Leo Tolstoy

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

52. Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. ― Leonardo da Vinci

53. Drawing is not what one sees, but what one can make others see. ― Edgar Degas

54. I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free. ― Georgia O’Keeffe

55. For me drawing is an attempt to understand what I feel about the world I live in. ― Brian Froud

56. Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul. ― Vincent van Gogh

57. The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul. ― Wassily Kandinsky

58. He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. ― Saint Francis of Assisi

59. The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist. ― Eric Gill

60. Art is never finished, only abandoned. – Leonardo da Vinci

61. Art is to console those who are broken by life. – Vincent Van Gogh

62. Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. – Banksy

63. The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. – Neil Gaiman

64. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Scott Adams

65. All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up. – James Baldwin

66. The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. – Pablo Picasso

67. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does, the better. – André Gide

68. I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. – Georgia O’Keeffe

69. The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity. – Alberto Giacometti

70. Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind. – Magdalena Abakanowicz

71. Art is the expression of the profoundest thoughts in the simplest way. – Albert Einstein

72. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. – John F. Kennedy

73. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. – John F. Kennedy

74. Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it. – Leon Trotsky

75. Art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something. – Rainbow Rowell

76. Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings. – Agnes Martin

77. Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. – Oscar Wilde

78. Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches. – Andy Warhol

79. Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment. – Claude Monet

80. I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality. – Frida Kahlo

Quotes About Living

81. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” ― Mark Twain

82. “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

83. “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

84. “Live to the point of tears.” ― Albert Camus

85. “Any idiot can face a crisis; it’s this day-to-day living that wears you out.” ― Anton Chekhov

86. “I’m done with those; regrets are an excuse for people who have failed.” ― Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

87. “Live not for Battles Won.
Live not for The-End-of-the-Song.
Live in the along.”
― Gwendolyn Brooks, Report from Part One

88. “I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.” ― C. JoyBell C.

89. “Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”― Anne Sexton

91. “How terribly sad it was that people are made in such a way that they get used to something as extraordinary as living.” ― Jostein Gaarder, The Solitaire Mystery

92. “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ― Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

93. “What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.” ― Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

94. “If you don’t give up on something you truly believe in, you will find a way.” ― Roy T. Bennett

95. “I’m wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there: not seeing it dimly through tears, and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart: but really with it, and in it.” ― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

96. “You can’t become a decent horseman until you fall off and get up again, a good number of times.
There’s life in a nutshell.” ― Bear Grylls, Mud, Sweat and Tears

97. “My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.” ― Marcel Proust

98. “What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us wind up in parentheses.” ― John Irving, The Cider House Rules

99. “A good motto to live by: ‘Always try not to get killed.” ― George Carlin

100. “Life is short. Focus on what really matters most. You have to change your priorities over time.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

101. “You’re not living if you’re not regretting.” ― Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

102. We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ― E.M. Forster

103. “No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.” ― Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End

104. “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
― Thornton Wilder

105. “In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.” ― Lao Tzu

106. “You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.”
― Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

107. “Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.” ― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

108. “I want to live the rest of my life, however long or short, with as much sweetness as I can decently manage, loving all the people I love, and doing as much as I can of the work I still have to do. I am going to write fire until it comes out of my ears, my eyes, my noseholes–everywhere. Until it’s every breath I breathe. I’m going to go out like a fucking meteor!” ― Audre Lorde

109. “You’ve never lived what you are thinking, and that isn’t good. Only the ideas we actually live are of any value.” ― Hermann Hesse, Demian: Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

110. “We live in a dark and romantic and quite tragic world.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

111. “You read and write and sing and experience, thinking that one day these things will build the character you admire to live as. You love and lose and bleed best you can, to the extreme, hoping that one day the world will read you like the poem you want to be.” ― Charlotte Eriksson

112. “Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone.” ― Shannon L. Alder

113. “Let your life lightly dance on the edges of
Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”― Rabindranath Tagore

114. “There is no perfection, only beautiful versions of brokenness.” ― Shannon L. Alder

115. “Nothing is built on stone; All is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

116. “Without forgetting it is quite impossible to live at all.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life

117. “I liked being a person. I wanted to keep at it.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

118. “The voice says, maybe you don’t go to hell for the things you do. Maybe you go to hell for the things you don’t do. The things you don’t finish.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

119. “There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who do not. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.” ― José N. Harris

120. “I have a lot of work to do today;
I need to slaughter memory,
Turn my living soul to stone
Then teach myself to live again.”
― Anna Akhmatova, The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

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