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A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.~Abraham Maslow

Music Peace Artist

To protect the right of expression is the central part of an artist's activity... In China many essential rights are lacking, and I wanted to remind people of this.~Ai Weiwei

People Artist Rights

When people ask me who I'd want to have dinner with, dead or alive, I always say, 'John Lennon.' I just feel that he was an artist who was, in his own way, committed to wholeness and authenticity in a not dissimilar way that I am years later.~Alanis Morissette

I Am People Artist

Other than the 'Sesame Street' soundtrack, which I was obsessed with, the first artist I really felt I'd discovered on my own was Amy Winehouse. She was the first female artist I wanted to write like and sing like and be like.~Alessia Cara

Artist Street She

It is the artist who realizes that there is a supreme force above him and works gladly away as a small apprentice under God's heaven.~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

God Small Artist

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

Art God Artist

The relationship between the public and the artist is complex and difficult to explain. There is a fine line between using this critical energy creatively and pandering to it.~Andy Goldsworthy

Relationship Artist Energy

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.~Andy Warhol

Art People Artist

Most artists are notoriously insecure, and I fall into that category.~Anita Baker

Fall Most Artists

There are two kinds of artists left: those who endorse Pepsi and those who simply won't.~Annie Lennox

Two Artists Left

It's not fair to compare one artist to another because they all come with their own sort of elements to the picnic, you know.~Annie Lennox

Artist You Picnic

Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you're doing. If you're not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.~Aretha Franklin

Artist Doing You

I completely take on the risk, the poker game, which being an artist means, and I'm going to try to make a film which honestly reflects what I have in my head.~Antonio Banderas

Risk Artist Game

In every work of art the subject is primordial, whether the artist knows it or not. The measure of the formal qualities is only a sign of the measure of the artist's obsession with his subject; the form is always in proportion to the obsession.~Alberto Giacometti

Work Art Artist

You get the feeling that on a lot of days the audience for most music would kind of rather not be faced with the artist, especially because we've been educated to think that the artist are these special creatures are otherwordly and aren't like us.~Amanda Palmer

Music Artist Feeling

I want to be an artist. I don't want to be a celebrity.~Amber Heard

Artist Want Celebrity

The black artist's role in America is to aid in the destruction of America as he knows it.~Amiri Baraka

Artist Black America

Success gave me confidence as an artist. And now I'm able to do what I want without anybody thinking it's dumb.~Amy Lee

Success Confidence Artist

An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.~Andre Maurois

Age Artist Stand

The crucial discovery was made that, in order to become painting, the universe seen by the artist had to become a private one created by himself.~Andre Malraux

Universe Artist Painting

As an artist, program directors always want to put you in a little box.~Angie Stone

Artist Want You

We live in a fractured world. I've always seen it as my role as an artist to attempt to make wholeness.~Anish Kapoor

World Artist Live

I feel the symbolic world is the nub of a problem for an artist.~Anish Kapoor

World Artist Problem

I've always felt that if one was going to take seriously this vocation as an artist, you have to get beyond that decorative facade.~Anish Kapoor

Artist You Seriously

Artists don't make objects. Artists make mythologies.~Anish Kapoor

Art Artists Objects

Being an artist is a very long game. It is not a 10-year game. I hope I'll be around making art when I'm 80.~Anish Kapoor

Art Hope Artist

So it's hard to be an artist and be true to the reality of the world you want to create and also make it entertaining and successful financially.~Antoine Fuqua

World Reality Artist

I wish I was this dark genius artist - like Richard Pryor or something.~Artie Lange

Dark Artist Wish

To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.~Auguste Rodin

Nature Artist Ugly

Inside you there's an artist you don't know about. He's not interested in how things look different in moonlight.~Auguste Rodin

Artist Look You

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.~Auguste Rodin

Art Fire Artist

The artist never really has any control over the impact of his work. If he starts thinking about the impact of his work, then he becomes a lesser artist.~Aasif Mandvi

Work Thinking Artist

An artist's job is simply to take the mirror in front of your face and hold it there. It's not to give you any answers. It is simply to take that mirror and point it at you.~Aasif Mandvi

Job Mirror Artist

I have a general sense of mission, and I intuitively know when something is influencing that mission. I think this is what I'm supposed to be doing. Doors keep opening. In the end, it's the best use of my skills. I've finally consented to the idea that I'm an artist.~Abigail Washburn

Best End Artist

I've never really had the desire to be a front person or a solo artist. I don't really create that much of a hierarchy in my mind.~Adam Schlesinger

Artist Mind Desire

I like Jaykae. He's a great artist, and I absolutely love Dr. Dre's album and a bit of Calvin Harris now and then.~Adam Peaty

Love Great Artist

When I first heard Ray Charles, he was a flop artist on a small label in California. He hadn't sold any records. And I bought his contract for $2,500.~Ahmet Ertegun

Small Artist California

Before I began concentrating on writing, in my free time I was an artist, making and selling etchings illustrating stories based on my readings in classical literature.~Adrienne Mayor

Time Writing Artist

That's the beautiful thing about being an artist, is you can take risks and take chances and hopefully be secure enough to just keep going with it if you fall flat on your face.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Beautiful Artist Fall

An artist is nothing without his or her obsessions, and I have mine.~Andres Serrano

Artist Nothing Her

I am an artist first and a photographer second.~Andres Serrano

I Am Artist First

I am just an artist.~Andres Serrano

I Am Artist Just

If you are the record label who owns Lady Gaga, and you have a new artist coming up, you can say, 'Let's have the artist play just before Gaga.' Now you've exposed the huge Gaga audience to the new artist. It's similar to showing a trailer before a movie. The hit creates a hit.~Anita Elberse

Artist You Play

Why is there such vanity about hair? I make a point to bathe. I worry about boogers in my nose, and I ask the makeup artist to cover up my pimples, but beyond that, I try not to be too vain.~Anthony Edwards

Artist Hair Makeup

Not content, but the road the artist takes, is the interesting part.~Anselm Kiefer

Road Artist Interesting

It's an artist's choice to listen to criticism or not. I'm very sensitive to criticism.~Armin van Buuren

Artist Choice Listen

If I was just to shut up, I wouldn't be a true artist.~ASAP Ferg

Artist True Up

I'm not a manufactured artist. Nobody taught me how to be a proper artist.~ASAP Ferg

Artist Me Nobody

The cultured man is an artist, an artist in humanity.~Ashley Montagu

Man Humanity Artist

An uninspiring canvas becomes a glamorous masterpiece when it is reattributed to a better-known artist.~Arthur Smith

Artist Canvas Glamorous

I want to be a real artist to consumers. I want to be the real thing for them.~Aaron Carter

Artist Want Real

My mum is an artist and very into creative expression and freedom.~Abbie Cornish

Freedom Creative Artist

I have enjoyed all the artists I've worked with.~Adrian Belew

Artists Enjoyed Worked

When I'm writing a novel, one of the things I do is get big poster boards. They're actually canvases that artists use. And I keep all the characters' names on them. If you write a big novel, there's a lot of characters.~Alexi Zentner

Writing You Artists

I'm a contemporary artist and I show in art galleries and museums. I show a number of photographs and films, but I also make television programs, books and some appetizing, all with the same concept.~Alison Jackson

Art Artist Television

Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works.~Alma Gluck

Butterfly Bird Artist

The real artist has no idea that he is sacrificing himself for art. He does what he does for one reason and one reason only-he can't help doing it.~Alma Gluck

Art Artist Help

I think I'll continue to work as a solo artist.~Alvin Lee

Work Artist Think

I'm not a mass-appeal artist.~Amos Lee


I think any artist is a perfectionist by their nature.~Andrea Riseborough

Nature Artist Think

I'm an artist; affirmation is like catnip to me.~Andrea Riseborough

Artist Me Like

I know what I want, and I know what needs to be done to make my performance better. So I do these little askings, about the lights and costumes. It's not the diva speaking. It's the artist who knows how it has to be done.~Anna Netrebko

Artist Better Performance

The conceptual artist Ai WeiWei illustrates the schizoid society that rapid change has produced - sometimes by reassembling Ming-style furniture into absurd and useless arrangements, or by carefully painting and antiquing a Coca-Cola logo on an ancient Chinese pot.~Arne Glimcher

Change Society Artist

If the chemistry between me and the artist is good, then that's half the battle.~Ariel Rechtshaid

Good Battle Artist

I like to find an artist who inspires me and get into their world and challenge them.~Ariel Rechtshaid

Challenge World Artist

For my career, I want to be able to do projects that have serious context to them or that make me grow as a person and an artist after the experience.~Ashton Sanders

Experience Artist Me

My life had been defined by the apartheid years. Now we were going into an era of democracy... and I believed that I didn't really have a function as a useful artist in that anymore.~Athol Fugard

Life Artist Democracy

I would say my dream collaboration would probably have to be with Drake. I think he is an amazing artist.~Austin Mahone

Artist Amazing Dream

I think with anything where you delve into the back story of an artist, it kind of explains their work more intimately.~Aaron Johnson

Work Artist You

But I found that being an artist and doing accurate work is very difficult.~Alan Bean

Work Artist Doing

To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.~Alexander Calder

Art Good Artist

I truly believe the art's larger than the artist. Who cares about John Steinbeck? I care about the Joad family.~Andre Dubus III

Family Art Artist

In Germany, you have a huge official memorial to the murdered Jews and then you have this artist who's been putting these stumbling blocks, these brass cobblestones, outside the houses Jews were taken away from. It's somewhat controversial and has met some resistance.~Amy Waldman

Artist Resistance You

I discovered that it was a lonely world being a solo artist. Then I started working with another solo artist, Rod Stewart, and he used to tell me how lonely he was!~Andy Taylor

World Lonely Artist

In Europe an actor is an artist. In Hollywood, if he isn't working, he's a bum.~Anthony Quinn

Artist Working Actor

Creatively, I'd like to achieve not only being an artist, but being a businessman and having my own music home.~Anthony Hamilton

Music Home Artist

The first person who ever told me that happiness was work was this manic-depressive artist I knew when I was in my 20s. I was like, 'What are you talking about? Happiness just happens. That's even the root of that word. How could it be work?'~Ariel Gore

Happiness Work Artist

Whatever the download thing has done to the game, you as an artist can get yourself out there to the masses, off your own back.~Ashley Thomas

Yourself Artist Game

Folk rock was my real roots. I did a few gigs as a folk artist, in the style of Fairport Convention.~Alan Parsons

Roots Artist Style

A true artist, in my mind, is willing to fail sometimes, because if you're not brave enough to say yes and follow your gut, it's never going to be good.~Alexander Skarsgard

Good Artist Mind

Great artists have no country.~Alfred de Musset

Great Country Artists

I am not a painter, nor an artist. Therefore I can see straight, and that may be my undoing.~Alfred Stieglitz

May I Am Artist

I think fashion, mishandled, can be quite toxic. It becomes about image and the cult of celebrity. I think when an artist is seen at a lot of parties as a celebrity, I find that worrying. I think it can limit them.~Amanda Harlech

Artist Fashion Think

Beastie Boys and David Bowie are two of my favorite artists.~Anders Holm

Favorite Two Artists

The artist finds, that the more he can confine his attention to a particular part of any work, his productions are the more perfect, and grow under his hands in the greater quantities.~Adam Ferguson

Work Artist Hands

'Brand-Dropping' is the term that the Kluger Agency coined to describe discreetly advertising by product mentioning in song, and we feel we can make this the way of the future without jeopardizing any artist's creative outlet or typical style.~Adam Kluger

Future Creative Artist

Hands are the tool of the painter, the artist.~Agnes Varda

Artist Hands Tool

Paul is a very creative artist but I'm more that thorough, meticulous, disciplined nut.~Art Garfunkel

Creative Artist More

I don't feel that as an artist my job is to offer PR propaganda, whether for the good or for the bad.~Ayad Akhtar

Good Job Artist

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.~Al Hirschfeld

Children Down Artists

Though the artist must remain master of his craft, the surface, at times raised to the highest pitch of loveliness, should transmit to the beholder the sensation which possessed the artist.~Alfred Sisley

Artist Craft Master

Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love.~Alfred Sisley

Love Art Artist

For us Africans, literature must serve a purpose: to expose, embarrass, and fight corruption and authoritarianism. It is understandable why the African artist is utilitarian.~Ama Ata Aidoo

Purpose Fight Artist

I was just, like, not at all the office type; I was the artist type.~Ana Castillo

Artist Office Like

I've done my time in being broke in Indonesia. Eating Goat soup. Australia's a developed country, you've got a lot of taxes, rents are high and its quite difficult to survive as an artist especially when you are just coming up.~Andrew Jack

Time Artist You

My father is an acupuncturist, and the way he practices is very free. For me, he's like an artist. He started to do acupuncture when it wasn't so accepted. His spirit and outlook inspire me.~Anna Mouglalis

Father Inspire Artist

In terms of the organic feel and the love for noises, I definitely feel more connected to Four Tet and Fennesz, as any dance floor artist. I do like some dancey stuff like Martyn when I DJ, but I draw my inspiration from other things.~Apparat

Love Dance Artist

The scientist and the artist are both passionate about their exploration. What leads to my work is that I'm equally an artist and an engineer.~Arthur Ganson

Work Artist Exploration