"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
Herman Melville

"In reality art is always for everyone and for no one."
Eugenio Montale

"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself."
Henry Ward Beecher

"Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life."
Simone Weil

"To draw you must close your eyes and sing."
Pablo Picasso

"To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts."
Henry David Thoreau

"Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep."
Carl Sandburg

"Macho does not prove mucho."
Zsa Zsa Gabor

"To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage."
Georgia O'Keeffe

"Imagination is the eye of the soul."
Joseph Joubert

"My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process."
Tadao Ando

"Art resides in the quality of doing, process is not magic."
Charles Eames

"To curb the machine and limit art to handicraft is a denial of opportunity."
Lewis Mumford

"When I draw something, the brain and the hands work together."
Tadao Ando

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

"If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one."
Dolly Parton

"An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original."
Jean Cocteau

"Art is the daughter of freedom."
Friedrich Schiller

"Personality is everything in art and poetry."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."
Robert Frost

"And I have exposed myself to art so that my work has something beyond just the usual potter."
Beatrice Wood

"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad."
Salvador Dali

"The best solutions are often simple, yet unexpected."
Julian Casablancas

"Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art."
Susan Sontag

"Even if you flippin' fries at McDonald's, if you are excellent, everybody wants to be in your line."
Oprah Winfrey

"Your ego can become an obstacle to your work. If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity."
Marina Abramovic

"You just have to keep on doing what you do. It's the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, Keep going. Start by starting."
Meryl Streep

"Capote wrote every day. He said that's the only way, you have to sit down every day and do it."
Debbie Harry

"You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk. It helps to know that you can survive it. That's an education in itself."
Carol Burnett

"If you want to achieve things in life, you've just got to do them, and if you're talented and smart, you'll succeed."
Juliana Hatfield

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