50 Motivating Artist Quotes That Will Ignite Your Inspiration

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Even the most talented run out of creative juice every now and then. There are days when we are overflowing with ideas and beaming with imagination and energy, and then there are those days when we ask ourselves why we even bothered to get out of bed. For the latter, we need to consult an external source of inspiration in order to recharge our creative batteries. Gaining insight on what fellow artists and thinkers have experienced and learned throughout their lives can be a refreshing way to start getting motivated and generating new ideas.

This article’s purpose is to inspire its readers with 50 thought-provoking artist quotes by some of the biggest masterminds in history. What all of these great minds have in common is an intellectual and creative drive that propelled them to become famous and successful.

It’s not easy to stay focused on a goal, and often we drift away from it or trade it for something else. However, it’s important to remember that in order to achieve our dreams, we need to stop dreaming about them and start working on finding ways of turning them into a reality. Success is not the destination, but the journey. This attitude should be turned into a lifestyle of working hard and never giving up.

In order to achieve greatness, one must remember to think positive, filter out the negativity around them, and, no matter what, stay focused on the big picture. Everyone who’s ever become someone has had to train themselves to think this way. It’s not something that you’re born with; it’s something that you consistently choose to work on.

We hope that the following artist quotes will help you find the inspiration you need in order to accomplish all of your goals, projects, and dreams. So go ahead and find inspiration, create something amazing, and contribute to the beauty of this world in your own unique way!

“Art is anything you can get away with.” – Andy Warhol


“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso


“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse


“If we go for the easy way, we never change.” – Marina Abramović


“Art should be something that liberates your soul.” – Keith Haring


“You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.” – Georgia O’Keeffe


“It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.” – Jackson Pollock


“Amateurs look for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Chuck Close


“If I knew what the picture was going to be like, I wouldn’t make it.” – Cindy Sherman


“I paint flowers so they will not die.” – Frida Kahlo


“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dalí


“The most interesting thing about artists is how they live.” – Marcel Duchamp


“I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat


“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent van Gogh


“Every artists dips her brush into her own soul, and paints her own truth into her pictures.” – Datura


“Art is to console those who are broken by life.” – Vincent Van Gogh


“Inhale possibility, exhale creativity.” – Laura Jaworski


“Go out and paint the stars.” – Van Gogh


“Go to your studio and make stuff.” – Fred Babb


“There are no rules to creativity.” – Laura Jaworski


“Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks.” – Mark Rothko


“You were born to make art.” – Anonymous


“Art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.” – Anonymous


“I aspire to inspire before I expire.”


“I have been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I have never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keeffe


“If you don’t do it someone else will.”



“Art is my life and my life is art.” – Yoko Ono


“I make art to show my soul that I am listening.” – Pat Wiederspan Jones


“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” – Julia Cameron


“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystery.” – Albert Einstein


“You are your only limit.” – Anonymous


“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” – St Francis of Assisi


“Art is an experience not an object.” – Robert Motherwell


“Be brave.”


“Creative isn’t the way I think, it’s the way I like to live.” – Paul Sandip


“The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.” – Frank Barron


“Who says that my breams have to stay just my dreams?”


There is no must in art because art is free.” – Wassily Kandinsky


“Do more than just exist.”


“I’m not the average girl from your video and I ain’t built like a supermodel but I learned to love myself unconditionally because I am a queen.” – India Arie


“It isn’t until the painter has no idea what he’s doing that he makes good paintings.” – Edgar Degas


“I feel glorious, dynamic energy. I am active and alive.” – Louise Hay


“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“If there is no way, create one.”


“I was created to create.”


“No artist tolerates reality.” – Nietzsche


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


“Art does not reproduce what you see. It makes us see.” – Paul Klee


“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein


“I shut my eyes in order to see.” – Paul Gauguin

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  1. Justin says:

    “Amateurs look for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Chuck Close

    That one hit the nail on the head.

  2. Bob says:

    “You are your only limit.” – very true for me. So much more would get done if it all weren’t up to me.

  3. Su Hall says:

    Love them all! Interesting who said what, too! Thank you!

  4. Amruta says:

    Wow.. very inspirational quotes. Loved this one specially “Inhale possibility, exhale creativity.” – Laura Jaworski and I close my eyes in order to see.

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