"The greatest carver does the least cutting."
-Tao Te Ching
"The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves. "
- Willem de Kooning
"You should always respect what you are and your culture because if your art is going to mean anything, that is where it comes from."
"They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality."
- Frida Kahlo
"Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it."
- Salvador Dali
"Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art."
- Leonardo Da Vinci
“An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them."
- Andy Warhol
"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“I’m not confused, I’m just well mixed.”
- Robert Frost
“There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it.'”
- Henry Moore
“Be sure to expose yourself to criticism: A fine polish requires an abrasive.”
- Marilyn vos Savant
“All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.”
- Marc Chagall
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
"The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist."
“How difficult it is to be simple.”
-Vincent Van Gogh
“If the artist’s will is not strong he will see all kinds of unessential things.”
“Simplicity of shape does not necessarily equate with simplicity of experience.”
"Painting is easy for those that do not know how, but very difficult for those that do."
- Edgar Degas
“There is nothing quite so complicated as simplicity.”
"He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who who works with his hands and head and his heart is an Artist."
- Francis of Assisi
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
"Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality."
- Beatrix Potter
“Simplicity is the nature of great souls.”
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when you grow up.”
“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.”
-Juan Ramon Jimenez
“Water which is too pure has no fish.”
-Ts’ai Ken T’an
'There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.”
“The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.”
“Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.”
-Gucci family motto
“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on Simplicity.”
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
-Leonardo da Vinci
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
“Simplicity is nature’s first step, and the last of art.”
-Philip James Bailey
“Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s Art.”
-Philip James Bailey
“Less is more.”
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.”
“Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance.”
"Simplicity is hard."
“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”
“When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.”