Inspirational quotes about culture and life from innovative artists
Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously …
[Write] knowing in part that no matter how trivial your words may seem,
someday, somewhere, someone may risk his or her life to read them.
— Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-American novelist and short story writer
Revolutions spring not from accident, but from necessity. A revolution is a return
from the factitious to the real. It takes place because it must.
— Victor Hugo, French novelist, poet and dramatist
Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet.
— Alice Walker, American novelist, short story writer, poet and activist
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
— Anäis Nin, French-born Cuban novelist and short story writer
Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.
— Cyril Connolly, British writer, critic and editor of literary magazine Horizon
The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.
— Toni Cade Bambara, American author, activist, and documentary filmmaker
Anybody can have ideas — the difficulty is to express them without
squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.
— Mark Twain, American author, humorist, publisher and lecturer*
* H/T: To Iris Smyles for introducing me to this […]
Through the years, what I have always found at the heart of my sensibility is the refusal to disappear from this world,
from its joys, its pleasures, its sufferings, and this refusal has made an artist of me.
— Albert Camus, Algerian-born French author, philosopher and activist
Art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable.
— Cesar A. Cruz, Mexican poet, educator and human rights activist