50+ Art Quotes (And Creativity) to Inspire Your Inner Artist

If you’re artistic but struggle with creativity blocks and need fresh inspiration or encouragement, why don’t you try using quotes in your art? They can be inspiring, motivating and above all, by reading them, you feel you’re not alone, there’s at least one person feeling the same way you do.

That’s why I wanted to share these art quotes on art and creativity quotes. Go through them and inspire your inner artist to wake up and pursue what you want to make or create.

If you’re into art journaling, these art and creativity quotes can be an interesting addition to your pages, especially the journaling part.


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Every famous artist out there, whether they’re authors, painters, or musicians, has spoken strong words that we can use today to inspire us and recognize ourselves in their words. They speak from their own experience as an artist, and I’m sure you can find their words inspirational.

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

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Pablo Picasso

“Creativity takes courage. ” Henri Matisse

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.” Oscar Wilde

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

“We have art in order not to die of the truth.” Friedrich Nietzsche

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

“When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time. ” Lady Gaga

“The first mistake of art is to assume that it’s serious.” Lester Bangs

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“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” Leonardo da Vinci

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” Pablo Picasso

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” Martha Graham

“Art without emotion is like chocolate cake without sugar. It makes you gag.” Laurie Halse Anderson

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

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

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” Banksy

“Art is the proper task of life. ” Friedrich Nietzsche

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“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” Stella Adler

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” Ansel Adams

“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.” Don Miguel Ruiz

“The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.” Isaac Bashevis Singer

“A writer – and, I believe, generally all persons – must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.” Jorge Luis Borges

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

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

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” Emile Zola

“Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.” Amy Lowell

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“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” John Updike

“Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” Agnes Martin

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

“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” Stephen Sondheim

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

“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” Rene Magritte

Quotes on creativity

Before you read the quotes, let me just remind you what creativity is because many people feel that they’re creative but their logical mind tells them they’re not. Don’t let that be you.

You don’t have to create big things that everybody knows about and that are generally recognized. You can create on a small scale and still express your deep creative self.

At Psychology Today, it’s stated that: “An act of creativity can be grand and inspiring, such as creating a beautiful painting or designing an innovative new product. But an idea need not be artistic or world-changing to count as creative. Life requires daily acts of ingenuity and novel workarounds; in this sense, almost everyone possesses some amount of creativity.”

Inspiring enough? After you read the quotes below, you’ll inspire your inner artist even more.

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“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein

“Creativity takes courage. ” Henri Matisse

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” Osho

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” Brene Brown

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” Steve Jobs

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“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” Ken Robinson

“Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.” Brenda Ueland

“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.” Edith Södergran

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” Erich Fromm

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.” Hugh MacLeod

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” Andy Warhol

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Joseph Chilton Pearce

“That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.” Ray Bradbury

“Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.” Madeleine L’Engle

“There is no healthier drug than creativity.” Nayyirah Waheed

“What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul.” Deepak Chopra

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“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” Edwin Land

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” Edward de Bono

“Art, freedom, and creativity will change society faster than politics.” Victor Pinchuk

“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.” William Plomer

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” Charles Mingus

“Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” Yo-Yo Ma

“Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.” Elizabeth Gilbert

Funny art quotes

Creative people are often the ones with great humor. Art can be for serious causes, it can be the language of our soul, but it can also be so much fun. How about some funny art and creativity quotes? Let’s not be serious all the time.

I wanted to finish this post with a few more quotes, to get a giggle or two from you. Here are some picks I gathered for you. Have fun!

“I have too many paint bottles. Said no one ever.” Unknown

“I was crafty when crafty wasn’t cool.” Alexa Westerfield

“I can’t clean my craft room because I get distracted by all the good stuff I find again.” Sizzix.com

Here are some funny quotes I found on Scrapbook.com:


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