Witty and funny quotes about art by Twain, Bukowski, Edison, Valéry and others

by Jakub Marian

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“Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.”
William Wordsworth
“‘Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”
Mark Twain
“The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist.”
David Hockney
“An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.”
Charles Bukowski
“My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.”
Mark Twain
“No artist is ahead of his time. He is the time. It is just that others are behind the time.”
Martha Graham
“To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.”
Thomas A. Edison
“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.”
John Keats
“An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.”
Paul Valéry
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
Andy Warhol
“Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.”
Al Capp
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