Bruce Lee Quotes! Famous Bruce Lee Quotes That’ll Inspire You

Bruce Lee Quotes

  • “If you truly love life, don’t waste time because time is what life is made of.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” —Bruce Lee
  • I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” —Bruce Lee
  • “The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.” —Bruce Lee

Famous Bruce Lee Quotes

  • “Simplicity is the key to brilliance.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.” —Bruce Lee
  • “What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.” —Bruce Lee
  • “The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.” —Bruce Lee
  • “You will never get any more out of life than you expect.” —Bruce Lee
  • “I am not teaching you anything. I just help you to explore yourself.” —Bruce Lee
  • “A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Life is never stagnation. It is constant movement, un-rhythmic movement, as we as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.” —Bruce Lee
  • “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” —Bruce Lee
  • “The world is full of people who are determined to be somebody or to give trouble. They want to get ahead, to stand out. Such ambition has no use for a gung fu man, who rejects all forms of self-assertiveness and competition.” —Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Inspirational Quotes

  • “Be happy, but never satisfied.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Real living is living for others.” —Bruce Lee
  • “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” —Bruce Lee
  • “In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.” —Bruce Lee
  • “The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.” —Bruce Lee
  • “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” —Bruce Lee
  • “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” —Bruce Lee
  • “If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Only the self-sufficient stand-alone – most people follow the crowd and imitate.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.” —Bruce Lee
  • “A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” —Bruce Lee
  • “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” —Bruce Lee
  • “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Time means a lot to me because you see I am also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.” —Bruce Lee
  • “To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.” —Bruce Lee

Motivating Bruce Lee Quotes – Training

  • “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.” —Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Quotes About Life

  • “As you think, so shall you become.” —Bruce Lee
  • “‎The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” —Bruce Lee
  • “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” —Bruce Lee
  • “In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.” —Bruce Lee
  • “For it is easy to criticize and break down the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime.” —Bruce Lee
  • Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, consuming myself.” —Bruce Lee
  • “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” —Bruce Lee
  • “…good technique includes quick changes, great variety, and speed. It may be a system of reversals much like a concept of God and the Devil.
  • “The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning but I did not take it.” —My ailment came from within myself, but I did not observe it, until this moment.
  • In the speed of events, which one is really in charge?…to put the heart of martial arts in your own heart and have it be a part of you means total comprehension and the use of a freestyle. When you have that you will know that there are no limits.” —Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Quotes on Love

  • “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” —Bruce Lee
  • “If you truly love life, don’t waste time because time is what life is made of.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” —Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Quotes About Fighting

  • “Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Forget about winning and losing, forget about pride and pain.” —Bruce Lee
  • “My style? You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.” —Bruce Lee
  • “The essence of fighting is the art of moving at the right time.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.” —Bruce Lee
  • “If you knew you had to fight for your life tomorrow, would you change your training today?” —Bruce Lee
  • “A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.” —Bruce Lee
  • “When you’re talking about fighting, as it is, with no rules, well then, baby you’d better train every part of your body.” —Bruce Lee
  • “He who wants to succeed should learn how to fight, to strive and to suffer. You can acquire a lot in life, if you are prepared to give up a lot to get it.” —Bruce Lee
  • “I personally do not believe in the word style. Why? Because, unless there are human beings with three arms and four legs, unless we have another group of human beings that are structurally different from us, there can be no different style of fighting.” —Bruce Lee
  • “When you fight, if it is a real fight, use every tool that you have, use your whole body. Use your fists, your legs, your fingers, and your head if you have to, and hit them in every vulnerable spot, the balls, the eyes etc. to win.” —Bruce Lee
  • “A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract; and when he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, “I” do not hit, “it” hits all by itself.” —Bruce Lee
  • “There’s so much myth and baloney. Like a 80-year-old man able to manhandle a 300-pounder with his little finger. Ridiculous. Or this matter of breaking bricks and boards wth the edge of your hand. Now I ask you, did you ever see a brick or a board pick a fight with anybody?” —Bruce Lee
  • “Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life! Do not be concerned with escaping safely- lay your life before him.” —Bruce Lee
  • “I don’t believe in different ways of fighting now. I mean, unless human beings have 3 arms and 3 legs, then we will have a different way of fighting. But basically we all have two arms and two legs so that is why I believe there should be only one way of fighting and that is no way.” —Bruce Lee
  • “You must have complete determination. The worst opponent you can come across is one whose aim has become an obsession. For instance, if a man has decided that he is going to bite off your nose no matter what happens to him in the process, the chances are he will succeed in doing it. He may be severely beaten up, too, but that will not stop him from carrying out his objective. That is the real fighter.” —Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Quotes ‘Flowing Like Water’

  • “In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.” —Bruce Lee
  • “The idea is that flowing water never goes stale, so just keep on flowing.”― Bruce Lee
  • “In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.” —Bruce Lee
  • “I wish neither to possess nor to be possessed. I no longer covet ‘paradise’. More important, I no longer fear ‘hell’.” —Bruce Lee
  • “If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you.”
  • “When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style.”
  • “Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” —Bruce Lee
  • “You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” —Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Quotes About Life and Reality

  • “Be happy, but never satisfied.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Real living is living for others.” —Bruce Lee
  • “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.” —Bruce Lee
  • “A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.” —Bruce Lee
  • “There is “what is” only when there is no comparing and to live with “what is” is to be peaceful.” —Bruce Lee
  • “…we have more faith in what we imitate than in what we originate. We cannot derive a sense of absolute certitude from anything which has its roots in us.”
  • “Everything you do, if not in a relaxed state will be done at a lesser level than you are proficient. Thus the tensed expert marksman will aim at a level less than his/her student.” —Bruce Lee
  • “The most poignant sense of insecurity comes from standing alone and we are not alone when we imitate. It is thus with most of us; we are what other people say we are. We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Self-knowledge involves relationship. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. Relationship is a process of self-evaluation and self-revelation. Relationship is the mirror in which you discover yourself – to be is to be related.” —Bruce Lee
  • “To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.” —Bruce Lee
  • “I’m moving and not moving at all. I’m like the moon underneath the waves that ever go on rolling and rocking. It is not, “I am doing this,” but rather, an inner realization that “this is happening through me,” or “it is doing this for me.” The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.” —Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Quotes On Knowledge That Will Give You Power

  • “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” —Bruce Lee
  • “If you want to be immortal live a life worth remembering.”― Bruce Lee
  • “It’s not what you give, it’s the way you give it.” —Bruce Lee
  • “The most dangerous person is the one who listens, thinks and observes.”― Bruce Lee
  • “If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll only make it impossible.”― Bruce Lee
  • “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing you will never get it done.”― Bruce Lee
  • “Masters in all branches of art must first be masters in living, for the soul creates everything.”― Bruce Lee
  • “The enemy of development is this pain phobia – the unwillingness to do a tiny bit of suffering.”― Bruce Lee
  • “If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself.”― Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Quotes and Sayings

  • “Boards don’t hit back.”
  • “The word ‘superstar’ is an illusion.”
  • “Be self-aware, rather than a repetitious robot.”
  • “After all, all knowledge simply means self-knowledge.”
  • “The possession of anything begins in the mind.”
  • “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”
  • ”Obey the principles without being bound by them.”
  • “As you think, so shall you become.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Obey the principles without being bound by them.” —Bruce Lee
  • “The possession of anything begins in the mind.” —Bruce Lee
  • “A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence.”
  • “Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier.”
  • ”It’s not what you give, it’s the way you give it.”
  • “A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”
  • “Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation.”
  • “The spirit of the individual is determined by his dominating thought habits.”
  • “Endurance is lost rapidly if one ceases to work at its maximum.”
  • “Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.”
  • “To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.” —Bruce Lee
  • “To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.”
  • “You just wait. I’m going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.”
  • “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality in your own mind.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.”
  • “You just wait. I’m going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.” —Bruce Lee
  • “The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.”
  • “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.”
  • “Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.”
  • “Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts, all problems are brought into existence– drop them.” —Bruce Lee
  • “All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”
  • “Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.” —Bruce Lee
  • “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”
  • “Take no thought of who is right or wrong, or who is better than. Be not for or against.”
  • “All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
  • “Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.” —Bruce Lee
  • “The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.”
  • “The knowledge and skills you have achieved are meant to be forgotten so you can float comfortably in emptiness, without obstruction.”
  • “Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.”
  • “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Its like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.”
  • “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” —Bruce Lee
  • “If there is a God, he is within. You don’t ask God to give you things, you depend on God for your inner theme.”
  • “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.”
  • “Choose the positive. You have choice, you are master of your attitude, choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.”
  • “The doubters said, ‘Man cannot fly,’ The doers said, ‘Maybe, but we’ll try,’ And finally soared In the morning glow While non-believers Watched from below.”
  • “What is” is more important than ‘what should be.’ Too many people are looking at ‘what is’ from a position of thinking ‘what should be’.”
  • “The moment is freedom. I couldn’t live by a rigid schedule. I try to live freely from moment to moment, letting things happen and adjusting to them.” —Bruce Lee
  • “But neither can you condemn nor justify and yet be extraordinarily alive as you walk on. You can never invite the wind but you must leave the window open.”
  • “The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Reality is apparent when one ceases to compare. There is “what is” only when there is no comparison at all, and to live with what is, is to be peaceful.”
  • “Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being set but being flexible. It is being “wholly” and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.”
  • “Many people dedicate their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like, rather than actualizing themselves. This difference between self-actualization and self-image actualization is very important. Most people live only for their image.”
  • “Know the difference between a catastrophe and an inconvenience. To realize that it’s just an inconvenience, that it is not a catastrophe, but just an unpleasantness, is part of coming into your own, part of waking up.”
  • “The second-hand artist blindly following his sensei or sifu accepts his pattern. As a result, his action is and, more importantly, his thinking become mechanical. His responses become automatic, according to set patterns, making him narrow and limited.”
  • “One should be in harmony with, not in opposition to, the strength and force of the opposition. This means that one should do nothing that is not natural or spontaneous; the important thing is not to strain in any way.”
  • “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” —Bruce Lee
  • “Because one does not want to be disturbed, to be made uncertain, he establishes a pattern of conduct, of thought, a pattern of relationship to man etc. Then he becomes a slave to the pattern and takes the pattern to be the real thing.”
  • “It is not a shame to be knocked down by other people. The important thing is to ask when you’re being knocked down, ‘Why am I being knocked down?’ If a person can reflect in this way, then there is hope for this person.”
  • “The athlete who is building muscles though weight training should be very sure to work adequately on speed and flexibility at the same time. In combat, without the prior attributes, a strong man will be like the bull with its colossal strength futilely pursuing the matador or like a low-geared truck chasing a rabbit.”
  • “Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life! Do not be concerned with escaping safely – lay your life before him!!”
  • “Life is better lived than conceptualized. This writing can be less demanding should I allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I’ve come to understand that life is best to be lived — not to be conceptualized. If you have to think, you still do not understand.”
  • “Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better. As the great Sun Tzu said: “When you know yourself and your opponent, you will win every time. When you know yourself but not your opponent, you will win one and lose one. However, when you do not know yourself or your opponent, you will be imperiled every time.”
  • “Art is the way to the absolute and to the essence of human life. The aim of art is not the one-sided promotion of spirit, soul and senses, but the opening of all human capacities – thought, feeling, will – to the life rhythm of the world of nature. So will the voiceless voice be heard and the self be brought into harmony with it.”
  • “If you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.”
  • “I wish neither to possess nor to be possessed. I no longer covet ‘paradise’. More important, I no longer fear ‘hell’. The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, but I did not observe it, until this moment. Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel, consuming myself.”
  • “I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.”

Quotes About Bruce Lee

  • “All these years later, people still wonder about how Bruce died. I prefer to remember how he lived.” —Linda Lee Cadwell
  • “Bruce Lee is one of my idols as an entrepreneur. He was a martial artist, film director, producer, screenwriter, philosopher and actor.” —Brian Ainsley Horn
  • “Bruce Lee is arguably the most influential martial artist of all time–and his work as an actor and filmmaker marked a turning point in the way Asians were depicted in film in the U.S.” —Aura Bogado

Quotes about Art! 200+ Art Sayings to Inspire the Artist in You

Quotes about Art

  • “Art, Undeniably, is conductive to happiness.” —Unknown
  • “Painting is a means of self-enlightenment.” —John Olsen
  • “Art is never finished, only abandoned” —Leonardo Da Vinci
  • “Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” —Claude Monet
  • “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” —Pablo Picasso
  • “Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” —Salvador Dali
  • “Don’t be an art critic, but paint, there lies salvation.” —Paul Cezanne
  • “There is no must in art because art is free.” —Wassily Kandinsky
  • “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” —Vincent van Gogh
  • “Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.” —Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” —Twyla Tharp
  • “An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.” —Paul Valéry
  • “I wish they would only take me as I am.” —Vincent Van Gogh
  • “A great artist is always before his time or behind it.” —George Moore
  • “The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” —Piet Mondrian
  • “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” —Michelangelo
  • “A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.” —Paul Gardner
  • “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” —Leonardo da Vinci
  • “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” —Vincent Van Gogh
  • “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” —Henry David Thoreau

Famous Quotes about Art

  • “The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” —Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • “If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” —Edward Hopper
  • “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” —Andy Warhol
  • “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” —Edgar Degas
  • “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” —Vincent van Gogh
  • “The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” —Auguste Rodin
  • “In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” —Marc Chagall
  • “You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat.” —Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • “If you always do what you always did – you’ll always get what you always got.” —Unknown
  • “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” —Aristotle
  • “To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.” —Schumann
  • “The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.” —Lucian Freud
  • “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” —Michelangelo
  • “There’s no retirement for an artist, it’s your way of living so there’s no end to it.” —Henry Moore
  • “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” —Pablo Picasso
  • “The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” —Robert Henri
  • “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” —Andre Gide
  • “The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” —Alberto Giacometti
  • “The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.” —Banksy
  • “The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.” —Vincent Van Gogh
  • “If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.” —Albrecht Durer
  • “The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.” —Vincent Van Gogh
  • “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” —Henry Ward Beecher
  • “I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.’” —Vincent Van Gogh
  • “Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.” —Vincent Van Gogh
  • “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” —Georgia O’Keeffe
  • “Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.” —Edvard Munch
  • “No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” —Oscar Wilde
  • “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” —Leonardo da Vinci
  • “The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” —Robert Hughes
  • “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” —Dr Suess
  • “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” —Kurt Vonnegut
  • “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
  • “As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.” —Vincent van Gogh
  • “I paint for myself. I don’t know how to do anything else, anyway. Also I have to earn my living, and occupy myself.” —Francis Bacon
  • “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” —Émile Zola
  • “The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” —Paul Strand
  • “There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” —Pablo Picasso
  • “What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” —Eugene Delacroix
  • “If I were called upon to define briefly the word Art, I should call it the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature, seen through the veil of the soul.” —Paul Cezanne
  • “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
  • “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
  • “It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.” —Vincent Van Gogh
  • “It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.” —Mark Rothko
  • “In our time there are many artists who do something because it is new; they see their value and their justification in this newness. They are deceiving themselves; novelty is seldom the essential. This has to do with one thing only; making a subject better from its intrinsic nature.” —Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

Quotes about Art and Life

  • “To be an artist is to believe in life.” —Henry Moore
  • “Life obliges me to do something, so I paint.” —Rene Magritte
  • “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” —Pablo Picasso
  • “Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” —John W. Gardner
  • “Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” —Stella Adler
  • “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” —Pablo Picasso
  • “For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.” —Georges Rouault
  • “Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life.” —Novalis
  • “Real artists take the misery and sadness of life and translate it into art.” —Josh Peck
  • “Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.” —Margot Fonteyn
  • “Every artist preserves deep within him a single source from which, throughout his lifetime, he draws what he is, and what he says. When the source dries up, the work withers and crumbles.” —Albert Camus

Inspirational Quotes about Art

  • “Great art picks up where nature ends.” —Marc Chagall
  • “To create one’s own world takes courage.” —Georgia O’Keeffe
  • “Do not fear mistakes – there are none.” —Miles David
  • “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” —Salvador Dali
  • “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.” —Pablo Picasso
  • “Art is the stored honey of the human soul.” —Theodore Dreiser
  • “Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.” —Marc Chagall
  • “Inspiration does exist but it must find you working.” —Pablo Picasso
  • “The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.” —Vincent Van Gogh
  • “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” —Edgar Degas
  • “An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” —Charles Horton Cooley
  • “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” —Paul Cezanne
  • “An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” —James McNeill Whistler

Quotes about Art and Creativity

  • “Creativity takes courage.” —Henri Matisse
  • “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” —Scott Adams
  • “I invent nothing, I rediscover.” —Auguste Rodin
  • “Every good painter paints what he is.” —Jackson Pollock
  • “A Good artist has less time than ideas.” —Martin Kippenberger
  • “I don’t say everything, but I paint everything.” —Pablo Picasso
  • “Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.” —Andy Warhol
  • “Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.” —Rembrandt
  • “A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” —Michelangelo
  • “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” —Francis Bacon
  • “I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” —Frida Kahlo
  • “I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” —Vincent Van Gogh

Quotes about Art to Inspire the Artist in You

  • “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.” —Pablo Picasso
  • “Great artists suffer for the people.” —Marvin Gaye
  • “Every artist writes his own autobiography.” —Havelock Ellis
  • “Every artist was first an amateur.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “What gives the artist real prestige is his imitators.” —Igor Stravinsky
  • “To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.” —Auguste Rodin
  • “Even a true artist does not always produce art.” — Carroll O’Connor
  • “The great artist is a slave to his ideals.” —Christian Nestell Bovee
  • “Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.” —Al Hirschfeld
  • “A great artist is a great man in a great child.” —Victor Hugo
  • “The big artist keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools.” —Thomas Eakins
  • “An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.” —George Santayana
  • “The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.” —Wassily Kandinsky
  • “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.” —Andy Warhol
  • “A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas.” —Charles Dudley Warner
  • “True artists are almost the only men who do their work for pleasure.” —Auguste Rodin
  • “There is only one position for an artist anywhere; and that is upright.” —Dylan Thomas
  • “Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.” —Eugene Delacroix
  • “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” —Emile Zola
  • “An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.” —Willem de Kooning
  • “It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.” —Tim Burton
  • “The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.” —Jackson Pollock
  • “To me, what makes an artist is a unique personality that they’re not afraid to let show.” —Blake Shelton
  • “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” —Henry Ward Beecher
  • “If you are born an artist, you have no choice but to fight to stay an artist.” —Lana Del Rey
  • “To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist.” —Jasper Johns
  • “An artist is always alone – if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.” —Henry Miller
  • “You don’t know how much artists go through to make it look so easy. It’s all in the practice.” —Lauryn Hill
  • “An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.” —Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • “No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” —Oscar Wilde
  • “No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.” —Martha Graham
  • “In fact, most artists want to make things a bit more difficult for themselves as they go along, to challenge themselves.” —David Hockney
  • “The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” —Agnes De Mille
  • “Being an artist is dragging your innermost feelings out, giving a piece of yourself, no matter in which art form, in which medium.” —Henry Rollins
  • “All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.” —Maya Angelou
  • “An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.” —Langston Hughes
  • “As artists, we do the work that we do. Receiving an award or not receiving an award in no way diminishes one’s talent or value.” —Phylicia Rashad
  • “An artist can be truly evaluated only after he is dead. At the very 11th hour, he might do something that will eclipse everything else.” —Van Cliburn
  • “The difference between a bad artist and a good one is: the bad artist seems to copy a great deal; the good one really does.” —William Blake
  • “The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.” —Thomas Aquinas
  • “Every artist picks what they want to put out there, what image they want to portray, and what they want people to know about where they’re from.” —Wiz Khalifa
  • “The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.” —W. Somerset Maugham
  • “Artists today think of everything they do as a work of art. It is important to forget about what you are doing – then a work of art may happen.” —Andrew Wyeth
  • “In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.” —Simone De Beauvoir
  • “Artists need some kind of stimulating experience a lot of times, which crystallizes when you sing about it or paint it or sculpt it. You literally mold the experience the way you want. It’s therapy.” —Erykah Badu
  • “To be an artist includes much; one must possess many gifts – absolute gifts – which have not been acquired by one’s own effort. And, moreover, to succeed, the artist much possess the courageous soul.” —Kate Chopin