”You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” -- Rabindranath Tagore.
"As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward."
--Vincent Van Gogh, in a letter to Theo van Gogh, c.29 October 1883
”Beginning with audacity is a very great part of the art of painting.” -- Winston Churchill.
“If you hear a voice within you saying, 'You are not a painter,' then by all means paint ... and that voice will be silenced, but only by working.” -- Vincent Van Gogh, in a letter to Theo van Gogh, 28 October 1883
“To escape criticism – do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” -- Elbert Hubbard
“Creativity takes courage.” -- Henri Matisse
”Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway .” -- Eleanor Roosevelt
”Each one of us, in his timidity, has a limit beyond which he is outraged. It is inevitable that he who by concentrated application has extended this limit for himself, should arouse the resentment of those who have accepted conventions which, since accepted by all, require no initiative of application. And this resentment generally takes the form of meaningless laughter or of criticism, if not persecution.” -- Man Ray
"If what you want to paint is the emotive mood in all its strength ... then you must not sit and stare at everything and depict it exactly as one sees it. You must paint the way it must be, exactly the way it appeared when you responded emotionally to the motif." -- Edvard Munch
“Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.” -- Henry Ford
“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.” -- Louis Pasteur
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -- Martin Luther King
Ralph Waldo Emerson, excerpts from Self-Reliance
“I read the other day some verses written by an eminent painter which were original and not conventional. The soul always hears an admonition in such lines, let the subject be what it may. The sentiment they instill is of more value than any thought they may contain. To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, that is genius. Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense; for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost, and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment. Familiar as the voice of the mind is to each, the highest merit we ascribe to Moses, Plato, and Milton is, that they set at naught books and traditions, and spoke not what men but what they thought. A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good-humored inflexibility then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side. Else, to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another.”
“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string."
Add legs to the snake after you have finished drawing it.
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
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