Monday, August 15, 2011

Words of Wisdom

by Arnie Fenner

Today, a few art-centric quotations...just because I like quotes...

"When I arrived in art school, there were lots of artsy-fartsy guys and girls, mainly guys, going round with paint on their jeans and looking just like artists. And they all had lots to talk about and knew all about every damn paintbrush, and they talked about aesthetics, but they all ended up being art teachers or Sunday painters. I got nothing from art school except for a lot of women, a lot of drink and the freedom to be at college and have fun. I enjoyed it like hell, but for art, I never learned a damn thing."
—John Lennon

"Painting isn't an aesthetic operation; it's a form of magic designed as a mediator between this strange hostile world and us, a way of seizing the power by giving form to our terrors as well as our desires."
—Pablo Picasso

"We need religion for religion's sake, morality for morality's sake, art for art's sake."
—Victor Cousin

"Art for art's sake is an empty phrase. Art for the sake of the true, art for the sake of the good and the beautiful, that is the faith I am searching for."
—George Sand (the pseudonym of Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, the Baroness Dudevant)

"There's no such thing as talent."
—Gregory Manchess

"I don't take a piss unless I get paid for it."
—Harlan Ellison®


  1. That quote from Picasso is so wonderfully haunting!

  2. This was a good way to start the day. Thanks for the great quotes.

  3. Man, if I could make that Ellison quote come true I would be rich. Even if had I only started last week.

  4. Gregory Manchess, you're the man!
    With enough interest, practice and passion, each one of us can excel at whatever we wish.

  5. these are some of my favorites maybe others mike like them too
    "A painting is never finished- it simply stops in interesting places." -- Paul Gardner
    I also heard variations on this one like "A painting is never finished, I just ran out of time."

    "Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun." -- Pablo Picasso

  6. Harlan Ellison register his name? Hmmm...

  7. Manchess for president ! Lennon for God !

  8. Hmmm - now I think I want to go back to college. Thanks Arnie :)

  9. I like quotes too! Thanks for these.


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