Quotes of the Successful

I’m a big fan of quotes. Sometimes they reinforce what I’m already thinking; sometimes they add a new perspective. The following are a few of my favorites.

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ABOVE: Andy Warhol, Photo of Wayne Gretzky, 1983, Polaroid Polacolor

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Bill Gates

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan

“Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell.” Elon Musk

“You have to think anyway, so why not think big?” Donald Trump

“I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.” David Bowie

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” Steve Jobs

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

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffett

“Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind.” Mick Jagger

“The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.” Barack Obama

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” Ernest Hemingway

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” Wayne Gretzky

Art Quotes: Part 3

I love quotes and I love searching them out on the internet – especially when I’m too lazy to write a short blog post. This is one of those weeks. So, here goes.

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ABOVE: Banksy, Naked Man, graffiti, Park Street, Bristol

“The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind.” Marina Abramovic

“Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint.” Bansky

“I don’t feel any real animosity towards critics when they write negative things. I think some are more perceptive than others. Some are very knowledgeable about painting. But it isn’t something I have any influence over, so there isn’t any point in worrying about it.” Peter Doig

“The reason artists want to have works in museums is that we want our works to be seen by as many people as possible and we want our ideas to be understood in more complicated ways.” Theaster Gates

“Every time I have had a problem, I have confronted it with the ax of art.” Yayoi Kusama

“My job is not to produce answers. My job is to produce good questions.” Glenn Ligon

“Focusing isn’t just an optical activity, it is also a mental one.” Bridget Riley

“Nowadays, with digital printing, it’s so easy to make everything perfect, which is not always a good idea. Sometimes the mistakes are really what make a piece.” Cindy Sherman 

“Artists live in unknown spaces and give themselves over to following something unknown.” Kiki Smith

“The artist is like an abuser of everything, picture, history, and other people.” Kara Walker

Words to Live By

I love quotes (who doesn’t?) and I’ve included them in many of my previous posts. The following folks are highly quotable. Here are a few of their most memorable lines.

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Abraham Lincoln

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

Nelson Mandela

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Oscar Wilde

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

Winston S. Churchill

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

Art Quotes: Part 2

Sometimes I just don’t feel like writing. When that happens, I hit the internet in search of quotes. I love quotes. Here are some of my favorites.

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“Art is the only serious thing in the world and the artist is the only person who is never serious.” Orson Wells

“I paint flowers so they will not die.” Frida Kahlo

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Leonardo da Vinci

“I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.” Ernst Fischer

“Art is the proper task of life.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.” Pablo Picasso

“I feel there is something unexplored about a woman that only a woman can explore.” Georgia O’Keeffe

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

“Art is meant to disturb.” Georges Braque

“An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing.” Louise Bourgeois

“To be an artist is to believe in life.” Henry Moore

“I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Michelangelo Buonarroti

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali

“Don’t be an art critic, but paint. There lies salvation.” Paul Cezanne

Art Quotes

Quotes are a lazy bloggers saving grace. In lieu of a formal post, here are some of my favorites.

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As I am currently suffering from a bad case of writers block, I have decided to dial in this weeks entry.

That said, here are some of my favorite art and arts related quotes…bring, bring:

“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” George Burns

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

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison

“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” George Bernard Shaw

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson Mandela

“Every artist was first an amateur.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas

“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Andy Warhol

“All art is quite useless.” Oscar Wilde