Some Quotes for Artists

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Art lost its basic creative drive the moment it was separated from worship. It severed an umbilical cord and now lives its own sterile life, generating and degenerating itself. In former days, the artist remained unknown and his work was to the glory of God. He lived and died without being more or less important than other artisans: eternal values, immortality and masterpiece were terms not applicable in his case. The ability to create was a gift. In such a world flourished vulnerable and natural humility
Ingmar Bergman

Do not wonder that I am so religious. An artist who is not could not have produce anything like this. Have we not examples enough in Beethoven, Bach, Raphael and many others?
Antonin Dvorak

There are superficial artists, natural artists and supernatural artists…A natural artist is someone who just takes what talent they have and displays it night after night on stage, doing the best they can within [accepted] limits. A superficial artist is someone who shouldn’t be up there in the first place because they’ve really got nothing to tell you…(The supernatural) that’s someone who goes deep, and the deeper they go, the more buried gods they’ll find…I’m not sure where I fit. You can call me any one of those. But I always felt that if I’m going to do anything in life, I want to go as deep as I can.
Bob Dylan

There was a time when vital Christian faith and a passionate love for learning and the arts were viewed as being wholly compatible. The names Bach and Mendelssohn, Dante and Dostoevski, Newton and Pascal, Rembrandt and El Greco are illustrative of a long line of Christian scholars and artists for whom faith and vocation were intimately combined. In stark contrast, Christians now find themselves largely isolated from the cultural mainstream and hard-pressed to envision, let alone fulfill, any meaningful role within a society that increasingly presses for the privatization of faith and its divorce from the important business of cultural formation. Stan Mattson
The responsibility of the artist is to know the time in which he lives. E.L. Doctorow,

I don’t think it’s very useful to open wide the door for young artists; the ones who break down the door are much more interesting. Paul Schrader

Only mystics, clowns and artists, in my experience, speak the truth, which, as Blake keeps insisting is perceptive to the imagination rather than the mind. Our knowledge of Jesus Christ is far too serious a business to be left to theologians and exegetes alone. From the Middle Ages these professionals have monotonously neglected art and the imagination as guides to religious truth. I find myself in complete agreement with those who wish to reinstate the mystics, the clowns and artists alongside the scholars. To modify Wittgenstein; what we cannot imagine, we must confine to silence and on-belief. Malcolm Muggeridge,

I was going to Santa Fe one time, and somebody said, “It’s great down there, you know it’s a real artists’ colony.” I remember saying, “I didn’t know they colonized.” Of course, they don’t. That’s the one thing artists don’t do.
Robert Altman,

The French make two mistakes about me. They think I’m an intellectual because I wear these glasses and they think I’m an artist because my films lose money. Woody Allen,

We, the undersigned, are disgusted with Ashlee Simpson’s horrible singing and hereby ask her to stop. Stop recording, touring, modeling and performing. We do not wish to see her again,” the Stop Ashlee Simpson petition reads. “She cannot match the sound of her voice that can be found on her CDs, when she sings live. She simply yells the words (sometimes the wrong ones) into the mic.” So far, more than 14,000 people have endorsed the sentiment.
Fans beg Ashlee Simpson to Stop Yahoo January 15th, 2005

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