Inspiring words

Nocturne by Whistler

These are some of my favorite quotes that get me going when I’m feeling sluggish about my work.  I hope you enjoy them and that they inspire you as well!

1.  Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. –Edgar Degas

Yellow Ballerinas by Degas

2.  Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.  –Salvador Dali

3.  Creativity takes courage. –Henri Matisse


4.  The position of the artist is humble.  He is essentially a channel. –Piet Mondrian

5.  To be an artist is to believe in life.  –Henry Moore

6.  Every good painter paints what he is.  –Jackson Pollock

7.  An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. –James McNeill Whistler


Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket by Whistler

8.  The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.  –Francis Bacon

9.  We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.  –Aristotle

10.  The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.  –Socrates


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Author: Jessica Libor

1 Comment

  • Reply July 18, 2014


    Very encouraging and inspiring words to keep you going, creating and working hard! Loved them all.

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