Quotations on Artist

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No matter what as an artist that's always what you want to do, you want to connect to the audience, you want to be able to send whatever message it is that you're singing about, you want to be able to convey that - and not make them feel - you want them to feel it, you want them to feel what you feel.
- Naima Adedapo
(Keywords: Artist, Singing, Want)

For us Africans, literature must serve a purpose: to expose, embarrass, and fight corruption and authoritarianism. It is understandable why the African artist is utilitarian.
- Ama Ata Aidoo
(Keywords: African, Artist, Corruption, Fight, Literature)

In Italy the artist is a god. Now if the artist is a god, the scientist is likewise a god.
- Josef Albers
(Keywords: God, Artist, Italy, Now)

You know, the record business is much different than being artist on stage.
- Herb Alpert
(Keywords: Business, Artist, Being)

I don't think radio is selling records like they used to. They'd hawk the song and hawk the artist and you'd get so excited, you'd stop your car and go into the nearest record store.
- Herb Alpert
(Keywords: Car, Selling, Artist, Song)

I see and write things first as an artist, second as a woman, and third as a New Yorker. All three have built-in perspectives that aren't neutral.
- Laurie Anderson
(Keywords: Artist, First, Woman)

It is futile for an artist to try to create an environment because you have an environment around you all the time. Any living organism has an environment.
- Carl Andre
(Keywords: Time, Artist, Environment, Living)

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
(Keywords: Work, Lie, Artist, Excellence, Will)

I think the most important thing for an artist is to not worry about what anybody else thinks. You just have to do what comes from your heart and your being and put it out there-that's true in any of the arts.
- Rosanna Arquette
(Keywords: Heart, Artist, Being, Worry)

I would hardly call myself an artist in that sense; I doodle, I draw, I'm not a trained artist, I couldn't sit down and do an accurate portrait of anyone.
- Rene Auberjonois
(Keywords: Artist, Sense)

All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Art, Work, Idea, Act, Artist, Sense, Will)

The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work.
- Berthold Auerbach
(Keywords: Work, Artist, Completion)

I was being an artist, being sensitive and technical as artists are. I'm sure Leonardo Da Vinci did that. Artists don't always feel the same as others feel about their work.
- Roy Ayers
(Keywords: Work, Artist, Artists, Being)

Being a cover artist is not like being a real artist. That's just copying what someone else did.
- Sebastian Bach
(Keywords: Artist, Being)

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Artist, Job, Mystery)

I do struggle with how much and in which way, as an artist or celebrity, that you voice your political views.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Artist, Celebrity, Struggle, Voice)

I knew it would happen. I knew I'd be No. 1. I'm a new artist; I don't know the rules. Nobody told me it wouldn't happen.
- Erykah Badu
(Keywords: Artist, Rules)

I believed in myself, and I've always worked very, very hard as an artist, and I am an artist in every sense of the word.
- Erykah Badu
(Keywords: Artist, Sense, Word)

I have a master plan as an artist. I've always said I'm not going to be punching nobody's clock. I will work as an artist to survive in this world.
- Erykah Badu
(Keywords: Work, Artist, Will, World)

As an artist, I want to interpret my feelings - not run across the street and ask what my mother thinks.
- Ralph Bakshi
(Keywords: Mother, Feelings, Artist, Want)

The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone.
- James Baldwin
(Keywords: Men, Artist, Being, State)

If you see something is going wrong within politics and the world today, then some Hip Hop artist is gonna come along and get straight with it. If they think that there's a lot of racism going on then there's another Hip Hop artist who's gonna come out and speak their mind.
- Afrika Bambaataa
(Keywords: Politics, Artist, Mind, Racism, Today, World, Wrong)

I completely take on the risk, the poker game, which being an artist means, and I'm going to try to make a film which honestly reflects what I have in my head.
- Antonio Banderas
(Keywords: Artist, Being, Film, Poker, Risk)

I began as a boy with artistic talent... as a visual artist... I thought that was what I'd become and in my late teens drifted into reading serious literature.
- Russell Banks
(Keywords: Talent, Thought, Artist, Literature, Reading)

The arts are not just instantaneous pleasure - if you don't like it, the artist is wrong. I belong to the generation which says if you don't like it, you don't understand and you ought to find out.
- Ethel Barrymore
(Keywords: Artist, Pleasure, Wrong)

The first time I sang with David Daniels... I had never performed with a countertenor before. That first time was magic, it was so beautiful. And he's such a great artist.
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Keywords: Time, Artist, First, Magic)

An artist has every right - one may even say a duty - to exhibit his productions as prominently as he can.
- Jacques Barzun
(Keywords: Artist, Duty, May, Right)

The artist is not responsible to any one. His social role is asocial... his only responsibility consists in an attitude to the work he does.
- Georg Baselitz
(Keywords: Work, Attitude, Artist, Responsibility)

Works of art produced in the contemporary world are a further expression of that. But I don't think there is an active, ongoing nihilist self-consciousness in the artist.
- Leonard Baskin
(Keywords: Art, Artist, Expression, Self, World)

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.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Men, Artist, First, Man, Order, World)

The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Beauty, Artist, Being, Study, Terror)

An artist is an artist only because of his exquisite sense of beauty, a sense which shows him intoxicating pleasures, but which at the same time implies and contains an equally exquisite sense of all deformities and all disproportion.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Time, Beauty, Artist, Sense)

But I found that being an artist and doing accurate work is very difficult.
- Alan Bean
(Keywords: Work, Artist, Being)

No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist.
- Beck
(Keywords: Artist, Bargain)

I'm the artist formally known as Beck. I have a genius wig. When I put that wig on, then the true genius emerges. I don't have enough hair to be a genius. I think you have to have hair going everywhere.
- Beck
(Keywords: Genius, Artist, Hair)

To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.
- Samuel Beckett
(Keywords: Artist, Now)

I wear a lot of different hats - from writer to producer and artist. We all do 5 or 6 jobs, everything from creating our own graphic design to actually recording and the whole bit.
- William Bell
(Keywords: Design, Artist, Jobs, Writer)

Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.
- Saul Bellow
(Keywords: Artist, Grace, Reason)

The true gourmet, like the true artist, is one of the unhappiest creatures existent. His trouble comes from so seldom finding what he constantly seeks: perfection.
- Ludwig Bemelmans
(Keywords: Artist, Perfection, Trouble)

The man of science, the artist, the philosopher are attached to their nations as much as the day-laborer and the merchant.
- Julien Benda
(Keywords: Science, Artist, Day, Man, Nations)

It is a good motive, fame and money, as it is tangible and measurable. Being an artist is neither measurable nor tangible and certainly not a way to become rich.
- Dirk Benedict
(Keywords: Money, Artist, Being, Fame, Motive)

To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists.
- Arnold Bennett
(Keywords: Experience, Soul, Artist, Artists, Fact, Living, Moments)

The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another... and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.
- Leonard Bernstein
(Keywords: Life, Artist, Feeling, Key, Mystery, Right, Will, World)

The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he's in business.
- John Berryman
(Keywords: Business, Artist, Will)

Every man is an artist.
- Joseph Beuys
(Keywords: Artist, Man)

I think older people can appreciate my music because I really show my heart when I sing, and it's not corny. I think I can grow as an artist, and my fans will grow with me.
- Justin Bieber
(Keywords: Music, People, Heart, Artist, Fans, Will)

As an artist I have an even more abiding interest in the compact between the Arts and Government.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Government, Artist, Interest)

But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do, I am indeed a Jewish artist.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Artist, Culture)

Despite a large body of work in films, TV, theatre and concerts, I am viewed by many as a Jewish artist. I do not resent the label, except for the fact that I disapprove of labels in general.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Work, Artist, Body, Fact, Theatre)

I wanted to be the perfect artist. I'd do three hours of media interviews a day, going to every radio station I could squeeze in. I'd sign autographs after the show until everybody left.
- Clint Black
(Keywords: Artist, Day, Media)

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