Inspirational quotes about culture and life from innovative artists
Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind, born out of struggle
between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality, in our mind.
— Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish sculptor and textile artist
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, poet and journalist
Art is soft power, and an often used, but poorly understood, part of effective change-making.
— Kate Goodall, co-founder and CEO of Halcyon
We know what we are, but not what we may be.
— William Shakespeare, British playwright and poet
The art of a people is the true mirror to their minds.
— Jawaharlal Nehru, former Prime Minister of India, activist and writer
There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
— Ursula Le Guin, American author, illustrator and poet
I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.
— Carrie Fisher, American actress, author and activist
Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very different when you do.
— Edgar Degas, French artist, painter and sculptor
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
— Albert Camus, Algerian-born French novelist, journalist and philosopher
Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man
the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make.
— Bruce Lee, Chinese-American martial artist, actor and teacher