Artists Quotes

My responsibility as an artist is to turn up at the page or the piano or the microphone. The rest is up to God.

Nick Cave

Artists who don't paint aren't artists.

Billy Childish

The person who wants nothing, hopes for nothing, and fears nothing can never be an artist.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists.. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.


The word "artist" means man unless qualified by the category "woman."

Whitney Chadwick

An artist will betray himself by some sort of sincerity.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer.

Willa Sibert Cather

The artist must imitate that which is within the thing, that which is active through form and figure, and discourses to us by symbols.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Female artists are the perfect example of a creator: They know how to make life and art with their bodies. Life comes from their bodies, so on a very basic level, they have more to write about.

Brandon Boyd

To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.

Willa Sibert Cather

Artists give us not conclusions but evidence.

Adelaide Crapsey

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

One hundred artists introduce us to one hundred worlds.

William Baziotes

Most artists go potty as they get older: dafter and madder as they get more celibate. So I am consciously going to do that.

Sir Peter Thomas Blake

The team that I belong to, the artists I put on wit dont ever ask for nothin cause them niggas got they own shit.

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