Words can be so inspirational and move you to another level of understanding in your life. Quotes have often rescued me from an uncomfortable place and offered me a springboard to a newer and better feeling place in my life for that moment.

What are some of your favorites quotes?

Let’s collect them here for all to enjoy…

” Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.” —Ingrid Bengis

” Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of  all communication” Claus Oldenburg

” The world of reality has it’s limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Color is to art as enthusiasm is to life.” Vincent Van Gogh

” I cannot expect even my own art to provide all the answers—only to hope it keeps asking the right questions.” —Grace Hartigan

“Trust that still, small voice that says, This might work and I’ll try it.”—Diane Mariechild

” Imagination is more important than knowledge.” —Albert Einstein

” I shall become a master in this art only after a great deal of practice. —Erich Fromm

Love Every Day!

“Taking a new step uttering a new new word is what people fear most.”—Fyodor Dostoyevski

” When you start a painting, it is somewhat outside you. At the conclusion, you seem to move inside the painting.” —Fernando Botero

” When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.” —C. G. Jung

” Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.” —Claudia Black

” I don’t have a lot of respect for talent. Talent is genetic. It’s what you do  with it that counts.”—Martin Ritt

” There is no must in art because art is free.” —Wassily Kandinsky

“Shoot for the moon, even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” —Les Brown

” We cannot escape fear. We can only transform it into a companion that accompanies us on all our exciting adventures…Take a risk a day—one small or bold stroke that will make you feel great once you have done it.” —Susan Jeffers

“Shoot for the moon.Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.” —Les Brown

” There is no must in art because art is free.” —Wassily Kandinsky

Toast the New Year!

“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing,there is a field.I will meet you there.”Rumi

“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.” —Albert Schweitzer

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” —Epictetus

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein

” Living is a  form of not being sure, not knowing what is next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark. “ —Agnes De Mille

” True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” —Leo Tolstoy

“Having talent isn’t worth much unless you know what to do with it.”

“Our thoughts, our words, our deeds are threads of the net we throw around ourselves.” —Swami Vivekanada

” Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you  happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.”—Paul Hawken

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Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

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

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.  ~Pablo Picasso

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.  ~Twyla Tharp

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.  ~William Faulkner

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.  ~Pablo Picasso

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

Painting is silent poetry.  ~Plutarch, Moralia: How to Study Poetry

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.  ~Leonardo da Vinci

It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet.  ~Kojiro Tomita

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.  ~Amy Lowell

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.  ~Schumann

We all know that Art is not truth.  Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand.  The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.  ~Pablo Picasso

I don’t paint things.  I only paint the difference between things.  ~Henri Matisse

The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent.  The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist.  ~Robert Brault,

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.  ~Charles Horton Cooley

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.  ~Isaac Bashevis Singer

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.  ~E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.  ~Theodore Dreiser, Life, Art, and America, 1917

The artist’s world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.  ~Paul Strand

All art requires courage.  ~Anne Tucker

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

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.  ~Edgar Degas

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job.  It releases tension needed for his work.  ~Henry Moore

Pictures must not be too picturesque.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Anyone who says you can’t see a thought simply doesn’t know art.  ~Wynetka Ann Reynolds

But that’s what being an artist is – feeling crummy before everyone else feels crummy.  ~The New Yorker

Very few people possess true artistic ability.  It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort.  If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.  ~Fran Lebowitz

Great art picks up where nature ends.  ~Marc Chagall

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work.  I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw.  She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”  ~Howard Ikemoto

Art consists of limitation.  The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.  ~G.K. Chesterton

What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.  ~John Updike

The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist.  The artist does not tinker with the universe, he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.  ~Henry Miller

No great artist ever sees things as they really are.  If he did, he would cease to be an artist.  ~Oscar Wilde

Let me ask you something, what is not art?  ~Author Unknown

The painter puts brush to canvas, and the poet puts pen to paper.  The poet has the easier task, for his pen does not alter his rhyme.  ~Robert Brault,

An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks it would be a good idea to give them.  ~Andy Warhol

The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body because they are non-functional.  Although they conceal an essential orifice, these pointless globes are as near as the human form can ever come to abstract art.  ~Kenneth Tynan

God and other artists are always a little obscure.  ~Oscar Wilde

For me, painting is a way to forget life.  It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.  ~Georges Rouault

Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale ’til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.  ~T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent, 1919

There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Art is… a question mark in the minds of those who want to know what’s happening.  ~Aaron Howard

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  • I love the “Strong Women” bracelet in this post. Do you happen to know where I can buy that bracelet?

    Warmest Regards,

  • Stacey says:

    I was wondering where I could purchase that bracelet above?

  • jmh says:

    Stacey, thanks for stopping by, I liked the bracelet too and do not know where to buy it. It is a stock photo! If you find one let me know.Thanks, Joan

  • jmh says:

    Hello Priscilla,
    I also like the message on the bracelet and I wear both positivity and gratitude bracelets daily.
    It is a stock photo that I found and liked. So I do not know where you can buy it. If you find one to buy please do let me know. Thanks,

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