Famous Quotes on Art and Well-Being

By Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

Art illustrates the beauty around us, showing fresh perspectives on ourselves and our world. Artistic expressions of all kinds benefit us in many ways – from promoting healing to fueling creativity. Here are some famous quotes on art and well-being:

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso

“Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.” – Eileen Miller

“A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Art is built on the deepest themes of human meaning: good and evil, beauty and ugliness, life and death, love and hate.” – John Ortberg

“Fine art is knowledge made visible.” – Gustave Courbet

“The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.” – Ansel Adams

“Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing.” – Julia Cameron

“Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.” – Prince

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

“The arts, as media of the imagination, are disciplines which give form and substance to our capacity to be who we are. Each artistic medium embodies the imagination in a concrete and specific way.” – Stephen K. Levine

“A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.” -Vincent Van Gogh

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.” – Marc Chagall

“Art is the creation of forms symbolic of human feeling.” – Susanne Langer

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“Art is the meeting ground of the world inside and the world outside.” Elinor Ulman

“I make art when I can’t gather the words to say.” – Nikki Rowe

“Art is a wound turned into light.”- Georges Braque

“I think artists can go to a level of vision that can often save us from a situation which seems to have no solution whatsoever.” – Susan Griffin

“Making art is like giving a gift: evidence of your spirit and that you are here.” – Patty Mitchell

“Art is our one true global language. It knows no nation, it favors no race, and it acknowledges no class. It speaks to our need to reveal, heal, and transform. It transcends our ordinary lives and lets us imagine what is possible.” – Richard Kamler

“Space is the breath of art.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Art is not a part of life, it is not an addition to life, it is the essence of those pieces of us that make us fulfilled. That give us hope. That give us dreams and provide the world a view very different than what it would have been without us.” – Hasan Davis

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

“My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art.” – Clara Schumann

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” – Michelangelo

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” – John W. Gardner

“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” – Leo Tolstoy

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” – Pablo Picasso

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“By descending down into the depths of the soul, and not primarily by a painful acquisition of many manual skills, the artist attains the power of awakening other souls.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Art is the daughter of freedom.” – Friedrich Schiller

“Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.” – William Blake

“A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.” – Oscar Wilde

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” – Twyla Tharp

“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” – Claude Monet

“The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” – Walt Whitman

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.” – Paul Kloee

“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” – John Ruskin

“There’s a lot of thought in art. People get to talk about important things.” – Steve Martin

“Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.” – Harvey Fierstein

“Making art, good art, is always a struggle. It can make you happy when you pull it off. There’s no better feeling. It’s beauteous. But it’s always about hard work and inspiration and sweat and good ideas.” – Damien Hirst