15 Famous Artist Quotes to Motivate and Inspire


Every artist needs to hear words of wisdom at times, whether they’re to guide you through times of trouble, help you generate new ideas or encourage productivity.

Being an artist can be challenging, no matter where you are in your career. Here are 15 famous artist quotes that will remind you to keep going!

1) “Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse

2) “It is important to express oneself, provided the feelings are real and are taken from your own experience.” – Berthe Morisot

3) “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

4) “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

5) “Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali

6) “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

7) “It took me 4 years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” – Pablo Picasso

8) “If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint, boy, and that voice will be silenced.” -Vincent van Gogh

9) “I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.” – Frida Kahlo

10) “One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity.” – Auguste Renoir

11) “Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.” – Edgar Degas

12) “To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

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

14) “You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is…Unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far.” – Alice Neel

15) “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent van Gogh

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