Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.

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I recognize no dichotomy between art and protest.

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I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love nature.

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Industry in art is a necessity – not a virtue – and any evidence of the same, in the production, is a blemish, not a quality; a proof, not of achievement, but of absolutely insufficient work, for work alone will efface the footsteps of work.

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An artist is committed to art which is committed to people.

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Those who tell you ‘Do not put too much politics in your art’ are not being honest. If you look very carefully you will see that they are the same people who are quite happy with the situation as it is… What they are saying is don’t upset the system.

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Art is life, life is art.

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In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent.

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Art bridges the silos that separate us as we confront today’s pressing issues. Art creates new visions and engagement, connecting the head and the heart.

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All literature is protest. You can't name a single novel that isn't protest.

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Life imitates art.

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Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts?”

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I look at what I write so that I can see what I think.

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I think the deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions get. And I think that’s the job of art.

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Music is only love looking for words.

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They’re singing your praises while stealing your phrases.

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A good song gathers the years in. It’s why you can sing it with such conviction 40 years after it’s been written. A good song takes on more meaning as the years pass by.

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Art and joy go together, with bold openness, and high head, and ready hand – fearing naught and dreading no exposure.

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The Artist is no other than she who unlearns what she has learned, in order to know herself.

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Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom.

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Artists are often excellent businessmen. They have to be. Otherwise they do not remain artists.

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I like the feeling of being able to confront an experience and resolve it as art.

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[The writer] cannot put himself today in the service of those who make history; they are at the service of those who suffer it.

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But that's the nature of art, it scrapes up against those ugly places and concedes their existence. Which is very different from performing, fetishizing or objectifying that ugliness, resulting in something closer, along the spectrum, to spectacle rather than art.

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Rap music let’s you tell your story to other people. Rap music is a platform to share the words that are in my heart.

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I sing my sorrow and I paint my joy.

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As we grow older, we realize just how limiting were our earlier conceptions. Art is something else. Art is fluid, transmutable, open-ended, never complete, and never perfect. Art is an event.

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To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; humans can only make us feel small in the wrong way. ()

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But the good thing today is that there are so many ways to make art. You don’t have to be famous… You can contribute to society and take care of yourself. Making art is a way of life, really.

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Art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.

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We work in the dark, we do what we can, we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.

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My art speaks and will continue to speak, transcending barriers of nationality, language and other forces that may be divisive, fortifying the greatness of the spirit that has always been the foundation of the Ojibwa people."

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So, if am in this World to deliver any messages I wouldn't want to be a preacher. I would want to be a painter.

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Music is about the only thing left that people don’t fight over.

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A principal task of art is to strengthen the adversarial consciousness.

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If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the Inquisition might have let him alone.

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I think the arts has great potential to create citizens. Citizenship is about the direction your imagination travels. We can’t plan or calculate or examine citizenship; it’s an imagined thing. Community is an imagined thing. And if your imagination isn’t working – and, of course, in oppressed people that’s the first thing that goes – you can’t imagine anything that’s better. Once you can imagine something different, something better, then you’re on your way.

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One of the great functions of art is to help us imagine what it is like to be not ourselves, what it is like to be someone or something else, what it is like to live in another skin, what it is like to live in another body, and in that sense to surpass ourselves, to go out beyond ourselves.

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Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work. Every great idea I’ve ever had grew out of the work itself.

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Art helps you become comfortable with the unexpected, the uncertain. It allows a form of creativity whereby if something doesn’t go your way you can feed off that and let it take you in a completely new direction… Art allows us to listen in different ways, to see in different ways, to connect in different ways, to move in different ways.

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The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

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It’s in my stars to invent; I was born on Madame Currie’s birthday. I have this need for originals, for innovation.

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My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.

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Art is memory…This is why it is so important to know what came before you. It is also important to understand that things will follow you, and they may come along and make your work look pedestrian and silly. This is fine; this is progress. We have to work with what life presents to us, and we have to work as well as we can while we can."

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I Imagine and paint from memory. I don’t copy much… just have to guess my work up.

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Each day I go to my studio full of joy; in the evening when obliged to stop because of darkness I can scarcely wait for the morning to come… if I cannot give myself to my dear painting I am miserable.

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Art is maybe a subversive activity. There is a certain rebellion when you are an artist at heart, even if only in the art of living.

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My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art.

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Artists are not cheerleaders, and we’re not the heads of tourism boards. We expose and discuss what is problematic, what is contradictory, what is hurtful and what is silenced in the culture we’re in.

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Without music life would be a mistake.

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