Inspirational quotes about culture and life from innovative artists
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
I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.
— Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist, activist and feminist icon
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.
— Mary Lou Cook, American author, artist and activist
The real aim of art is not to create beautiful objects. It’s a method of reflection,
a means of understanding the universe and finding one’s place in it.
— Paul Auster, American novelist, screenwriter and director
Don’t forget — no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.
— Charles de Lint, Dutch-Canadian contemporary fantasy writer, poet, and musician
Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad
and are shut up on rooms where they stare at the walls all day.
Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.
— Meg Chittenden, American mystery and children’s book […]