Favorite Quotes

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, head and heart is an artist.”
— St. Francis d’Assissi

“The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him.”
— Mohandas K. Gandhi, “An Autobiography or
The Story of My Experiments with Truth”

“When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for a better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it and shows there are still more pages possible.”
— Robert Henri, “The Art Spirit”

“Become quietly effective. Don’t expect “them” to fully understand you. They won’t! So, demonstrate with results, what they would not understand with words!
— Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

“Nature will show you nothing if you set yourself up for her master. But forget yourself, and try to obey her, and you will find obedience easier and happier than you think.
— John Ruskin, “The Elements of Drawing”

“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.”
— Piet Mondrian

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.”
— Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

“Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.”
— Jules Feiffer

“Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music — the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”
— Henry Miller

“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.”
— André Gide

“We must accept that this creative pulse within us is God’s creative pulse itself.”
— Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
— Pablo Picasso

“Depersonalization is the secret of inspiration.”
— Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

“I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me.”
— William Blake