Consenting to dream of the actual world…

An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.

Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules Valéry (1871 – 1945)

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.

-Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana (1863 – 1952)

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

-Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, known in English as Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910)

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903)

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 – 1900)

The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.

-Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, known by her pen name George Sand (1804 – 1876)

You can’t help it. An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.

-Eunice Kathleen Waymon, known professionally as Nina Simone (1933 – 2003)

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.

-Paul Jackson Pollock (1912 – 1956)

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.

Abraham Harold Maslow (1908 – 1970)

An artist needn’t be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.

Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853 – 1890)

23 thoughts on “Consenting to dream of the actual world…”

  1. Thanks for these quotes, David. It made me think about my future as a poet. Maybe I should traverse new roads. See what the people really need. Thanks for sharing, have a nice day!

  2. I bet there is a reason for all, yes each one of them
    Yet it’s the music in

    -Eunice Kathleen Waymon, known professionally as Nina Simone (1933 – 2003)

    You can’t help it. An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.

    I swear, with your piano, lyrics, life and travels

  3. A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.

    –Abraham Harold Maslow (1908 – 1970)

    Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

    -Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, known in English as Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910)

    Yes and yes! 👍👍

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