Inspirational quotes about culture and life from innovative artists
Art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable.
— Cesar A. Cruz, Mexican poet, educator and human rights activist
Works of art make rules, but rules do not make works of art.
— Claude Debussy, French composer
As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this.
— Paul Robeson, American singer, actor and human rights activist
To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.
— Kurt Vonnegut, American author, artist and activist
I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk.
Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea.
How you decorate your home. Or […]
Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people — the beauty within themselves.
— Langston Hughes, American poet, novelist, and civil rights activist
Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It is a way of understanding it.
— Lloyd Alexander, American YA and children’s fantasy novelist
I’ll give you the whole secret to short story writing.
Here it is. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself.
There is no Rule 2.
— William Sydney Porter (aka O. Henry), American short story writer, speaking of the storytelling genre he mastered like no other
Nature gives me my model, life and thought; the nostrils breathe, the heart beats, the lungs inhale,
the being thinks, and he feels and has pains and joys, ambitions, passions and emotions. These I must
express. What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only […]
The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done
you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights activist and orator