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Quotes about Art

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Adolf Hitler
(1889 - 1945)
Anyone who sees and paints a sky green and fields blue ought to be sterilized.
Al Capp[Abstract art is] a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
Bertrand Russell
(1872 - 1970)
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
Covert ComicThe true SCIF is your soul.
Covert Comic, noted CIA officerCommand the height, command the situation. Sun Tzu, The Art of War Command the bottom, command the commander. The Covert Comic, Tradecraft
Edmond de Concourt
(1822 - 1896)
A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.
Francois-Auguste Rodin
(1840 - 1917)
I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.
- (when asked to explain his sculpture method)
Frank Zappa
(1940 - 1993)
Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
Martyrdom is the only way a person can become famous without ability.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
If more than ten percent of the population likes a painting it should be burned, for it must be bad
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
Hilton KramerThe more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.
John Alejandro King
(~1958 - )
Any weapon can be a smart weapon if it applies itself.
- (from 'Real Men Don't Get Published')
John Alejandro KingThere are no passengers on spaceship earth we're all sky marshals.
- (Noted CIA research manager, poet and covert activist)
John Alejandro KingLife doesn't imitate art, it steals its identity.
John Alejandro KingThe Harry S Truman Building you'd think a beehive with that many queens in it would produce a lot more honey.
John Alejandro King
(~1958 - )
If she spells it 'theatre,' she's theater than you.
John Alejandro King
(~1958 - )
If your heart tells you one thing and your head another, give the deciding vote to your ass.
John Alejandro King a.k.a. the Covert Comic
(~1958 - )
As thou stoneth the martyr, so thou martyreth the stone.
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert ComicThe hard part is over. Now comes the soft, gooey part that's impossible to get off one's shoes.
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert ComicIf you would learn the art of love, be sure to take a course in perspective.
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic'Lying in a beach chair, drink in hand, the sun sank below the horizon' is a dangling participle? I've seen the sun do that lots of times.
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert ComicSome hearts are broken, others are popped like a zit.
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert ComicWho cares whether computers are intelligent, as long as they're sincere?
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert ComicThere's none so late to the party as he who hosts it.
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert ComicReal smart weapons play dumb.
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert ComicTwo years ago I clicked on the State Department careers page. I've been getting ads for depression medications ever since.
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic @
(~1968 - )
Not only am I willing to die for my beliefs, I'm starting to get pretty good at it.
John BarthIt is often pleasant to stone a martyr, no matter how much we admire him.
John F. Kennedy
(1917 - 1963)
The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of our planet.
Lester Bangs
(1948 - 1982)
The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious.
- (rock critic)
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(4 BC - 65 AD)
All art is but imitation of nature.
Mark TwainMartyrdom covers a multitude of sins.
Mickey FriedmanNever give a party if you will be the most interesting person there.
Orson Welles
(1915 - 1985)
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Oscar WildeA thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Oscar Wilde
(1854 - 1900)
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
Pablo Picasso
(1881 - 1973)
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
Pablo Picasso
(1881 - 1973)
Bad artists copy; great artists steal.
Pablo Picasso
(1881 - 1973)
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Peter De Vries
(1910 - 1993)
The murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums.
Robert Byrne
(1917 - )
Partying is such sweet sorrow.
Stewart Udall
(1920 - )
The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic: The land was alive to his loving touch, and he, its son, was brother to all creatures.
- (US Representative, Secretary of Interior)
The Covert Comic a.k.a. John Alejandro King
(~1958 - )
May our impartiality never be based on indifference, but on controlling all factions and setting up an office pool to bet on who wins.
Tom Stoppard
(1937 - )
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
Vincent van Gogh
(1853 - 1890)
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
- (painter)
Wilson Mizner
(1876 - 1933)
Art is science made clear.
Winston ChurchillAlthough prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.
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