24 Inspiring Quotes About Art and Creativity

24 Inspiring Quotes About Art and Creativity
Mar 07

In honor of March being National Craft Month, we are bringing you 24 inspiring quotes about creativity and art from those who know best, some of the most prolific and legendary creators in our history. After you read these quotes, spend some time reflecting on how the art you practice and the crafts you create inspire you to develop new skills and challenge yourself to accomplish feats that make you proud. Then, funnel all your inspiration into a new creative project. We have everything you need right here.


“To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.”

—Georgia O’Keeffe


“Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

— Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle


“Art is science made clear.”

— Jean Cocteau


“The artist has one function–to affirm and glorify life.”

— W. Edward Brown


“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”

—Friedrich Nietzsche


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

—Pablo Picasso


“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.”

—Steve Jobs


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

—Thomas Merton


“Every artist was first an amateur.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson


“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”

—Bob Ross


“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.”



“Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is “to fit together” and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists.”

—Corita Kent


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

— Henry Ward Beecher


“A picture is a poem without words.”



“A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas.”

—Charles Dudley Warner


“Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. It is a process; it's not random.” —Ken Robinson


“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”

—Jerzy Kosinski


“Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day.”

— Winston Churchill.


“Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.”

—Dee Hock


“An empty canvas is full.”

—Robert Rauschenberg


“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.”

—Edgar Degas


“Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love.”

—Alfred Sisley


“Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.”

— Ambrose Bierce


“If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

—Vincent Van Gogh


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