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When you stand on the stage you must have a sense that you are addressing the whole world, and that what you say is so important the whole world must listen. (Stella Adler)

Why is it so important to me to create artworks from the natural nude human form? Every true artist deserves to start with the basic blank canvas that God created. (David Allio)

You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing (Arthur Ashe)

Cut back to a few important tasks and your work will be transformed. Do only a few things in life and those things will breathe and take on an importance they never had before. (Leo Babauta)

A crown, if it hurts us, is hardly worth wearing. (Philip James Bailey)

Life is more important than art; that's what makes art important. (James Baldwin)

What counts most is finding new ways to get the world down in paint on my own terms. (Georg Baselitz)

To be a great man and a saint for oneself, that is the only important thing. (Charles Baudelaire)

Arrogance is a creature. It does not have senses. It has only a sharp tongue and the pointing finger. (Toba Beta)

Time is not important, but art is. (Edward Betts)

-The Principle of Hope, 1959
It is important to learn hoping. Its work does not despair, it fell in love with succeeding rather than with failure. (Ernst Bloch)

The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important. (Milo Bloom)

The conscious life of the mind is of small importance in comparison with its unconscious life. (Gustave Le Bon)

Most important... develop your technical ability. You are handicapped if you do not develop well enough to hold the subconscious process so as not to have problems of inexperienced painters... (Sergei Bongart)

It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

The important thing is to remember what most impressed you and to put it on canvas as fast as possible. (Pierre Bonnard)

There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns. (Edward de Bono)

The important thing is to be in love with something. (Ray Bradbury)

-on Hiller...
Art that stands as a paradigmatic metaphor for the importance of marginal insights - invisible or indecipherable to the official order. (Guy Brett)

In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him. (Dereke Bruce)

Over the years I have met a lot of important people, but no one as important as Elvis Presley. (Art Buchwald)

The thing that's important for me is to remember what's the most important thing. (George W. Bush)

The three most important things a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money, and his religious opinions. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time. (Eileen Caddy)

The object becomes aesthetically significant when it becomes metaphysically significant. (Joseph Campbell)

The expression one wears on one's face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one's back. (Dale Carnegie)

In man, the things which are not measurable are more important than those which are measurable. (Alexis Carrel)

It is not half so important to know as to feel. (Rachel Carson)

The truly important things in life – love, beauty, and one's own uniqueness – are constantly being overlooked. (Pablo Casals)

-The Fire from Within...
Think about it: what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone. (Carlos Castaneda)

The most important element in the artwork is the mood of the painting – that unexplained quality that evokes feelings. (Mary C. Chan)

I think what's important is to give space to the range of human experience. (Judy Chicago)

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. (Winston Churchill)

I learned the most important lesson of my life: that the extraordinary is not the birthright of a chosen and privileged few, but of all people, even the humblest. (Paulo Coelho)

A great piece of art is composed not just of what is in the final piece, but equally important, what is not. It is the discipline to discard what does not fit - to cut out what might have already cost days or even years of effort - that distinguishes the truly exceptional artist and marks the ideal piece of work, be it a symphony, a novel, a painting... or, most important of all, a life. (Jim Collins, artist)

My importance to the world is relatively small. On the other hand, my importance to myself is tremendous. I am all I have to work with, to play with, to suffer and to enjoy. It is not the eyes of others that I am wary of, but of my own. (Noel Coward)

-on the general public...
Our time and attention is scarce. Art is not that important to us, no matter what we might like to believe... (Tyler Cowen)

The land is important to me, but even more important is the idea that it becomes a 'place' because someone has been there. (Marlene Creates)

Regardless of the importance of known evidence to the contrary, the arts are generally regarded as being so much entertaining fluff, a commodity that isn't a priority in the traditional program of learning. This is unacceptable in a so-called 'enlightened' society. (Ken Danby)

Even more important than the discovery of Columbus, which we are gathered together to celebrate, is the fact that the general government has just discovered women. (Honore Daumier)

Art is important. We tend to think it is a luxury, but it gives people deep pleasure because beauty is the personification of hope that something grander is at work. (Gil Dellinger)

Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage. (Benjamin Disraeli)

The little things are infinitely the most important. (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

The really important things are said over cocktails and are never done. (Peter Drucker)

You must make the main thing in your picture appear most important. If anyone tells me my hat is more important than my head - by God I'm taking off my hat. (Harvey Dunn)

The most important thing is that you love what you are doing, and the second that you are not afraid of where your next idea will lead. (Charles Eames)

A corner is important. It provides privacy and an anchor and lets you exist independently of the room. (Roger Ebert)

Be clear in your mind why learning to draw well is important. Drawing enables you to see in that special, epiphanous way that artists see, no matter what style you use to express your special insight. Your goal in drawing should be to encounter the reality of experience... to see ever more clearly, ever more deeply. (Betty Edwards)

The disposition to continue to learn throughout life is perhaps one of the most important contributions that schools can make to an individual's development. (Elliot W. Eisner)

-The Cocktail Party, 1949...
Half the harm that is done in this world / Is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm - but the harm does not interest them... Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle / To think well of themselves. (T. S. Eliot)

If paintings are so important - worth so much, reproduced, cherished, and visited so often - then isn't it troubling that we can hardly make emotional contact with the artists? Few centuries, it seems, are as determinedly tearless as ours. (James Elkins)

Very idle is all curiosity concerning other people's estimate of us, and all fear of remaining unknown is not less so. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Let not the author eat up the man, so that he shall be all balcony and no house. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

One of the reasons that art is important to me is sometimes it actually feels more coherent than life. It orders the chaos. (Jeffrey Eugenides)

-The 4-Hour Workweek...
Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance, is NOT laziness. This is hard for most people to accept, because our culture [American] tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity. (Timothy Ferriss)

The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous. (Margot Fonteyn)

How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The stickler outlasts the sprinter. (B. C. Forbes)

Almost everything you will do is meaningless, but it is still important to do it. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Every task is given equal importance – that way I can pick and choose my tasks based on the ebb and flow of my creative metabolism. (Sara Genn)

When one lives with problems of importance, the prostitute is ideal. You pay, and whether or not you fail is of no importance. She doesn't care. (Alberto Giacometti)

The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say - because they were too obvious. (Andre Gide)

-Stumbling on Happiness...
Which is more important - experience or memory of experience? If you could have an hour of ecstasy that you'd forever remember as torture, or an hour of torture that you'd forever remember as ecstasy, which would you prefer? (Daniel T. Gilbert)

He alone is great and happy who requires neither to command nor to obey in order to secure his being of some importance in this world. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

I'm dealing with the most important things there are: life and nature. If this doesn't work, if this doesn't sustain me, I can't go back to nature. I'm right there. There's nowhere to go, and that frightens me. (Andy Goldsworthy)

The secret is to write just anything, to dare to write just anything, because when you write just anything, you begin to say what is important. (Julien Green)

Rembrandt is always clear about what is most important in a picture. (Irwin Greenberg)

The only thing that is important to me is painting, creating, working with my hands, escaping into that other realm and expressing me at that moment. (Peggy Guichu)

That's important to me, to find the extraordinary inside the ordinary. (Mark Haddon)

Nothing is important... so everything is important. (Keith Haring)

What lies behind us and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us. (Henry S. Haskins)

As you get older, the emphasis is progressively on what is important. (David R. Hawkins)

In this world, there is a place of importance for every artist. We all donate to the variety of creation in the world. (Rosalie Hein)

I am interested in the size of your intention. It is better to overstate the important than to understate it. (Robert Henri)

It is important that the painted images are large enough for me to feel that I can walk into the scene and relive it. (Marilyn Henry)

I think art is good at looking back and looking forward. I don't think art is good at looking head-on. At the end of the day, people are more important than paintings. (Damien Hirst)

Work out what is truly important to you. Research shows people with consistently high happiness scores prioritise their life according to the things they value. They've worked out what is most important to them and don't allow themselves to get sidetracked. (Robert Holden)

The little things are infinitely the most important. (Sherlock Holmes)

In this insane world, presentation seems more important than content, the frame more important that the painting. Better we were all blind, then we would have to feel our way! And few of us would trip over that urinal on the floor. (A. Wayne Hooker)

It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance. (Thomas H. Huxley)

To paint a fine picture is far more important than to sell it. (Edward Alden Jewell)

Beauty isn't worth thinking about; what's important is your mind. You don't want a fifty-dollar haircut on a fifty-cent head. (Garrison Keillor)

Importance isn't important. (Kim Lee Kho)

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings... (Stephen King)

The important thing isn't the house. It's the ability to make it. You carry that in your brain and in your hands, wherever you go. (Barbara Kingsolver)

The important thing is to realize the positive side and try to increase that; realize the negative side and try to reduce. That's the way. (Dalai Lama)

It's important to stop and look inward to what we think is truly from ourselves and that which is culturally or socially influenced. (Mary Lapos)

Writers and musicians know well the importance of extensive reading for successful writing or extensive listening for musical composition. Likewise, visual artists... understand that successful artistic creativity depends upon extensive visual exposure. (Paul Laseau)

If you're ever feeling like what you do is not important, just remember you're a crystal in a world full of fungus. Everything you do is extremely important, so just keep on doing it. (Lyn Lecuyer)

We shall never achieve harmony with land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations, the important thing is not to achieve but to strive. (Aldo Leopold)

The system is the work of art; the visual work of art is the proof of the System. The visual aspect can't be understood without understanding the system. It isn't what it looks like but what it is that is of basic importance. (Sol LeWitt)

Skill and technique are only means to an end, and where the end is unimportant, so are the means. (Anna Mahler)

There is no greater importance in all the world like knowing you are right and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you. (Norman Mailer)

While some part of the artwork may fail, the whole may have its own unique importance. (Eric Maisel)

It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on. (Steve Maraboli)

-Life of Pi...
It's important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. (Yann Martel)

One thoughtful mark is much more important than one hundred careless marks. (Jeanean Songco Martin)

Seek the strongest color effect possible... the content is of no importance. (Henri Matisse)

You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything. (John C. Maxwell)

You have to believe that what you do matters and then other people will respect your boundaries. If you do not believe in the importance of your work, no one else will either. (Laurel Alanna McBrine)

It's very important to surround yourself with people you can learn from. (Reba McEntire)

Edges are very important. (Bruce McGrew)

Leaving some areas less finished in a painting, or more out of focus than others, allows the imagination to finish them and gives more importance to the detailed parts. (Mary Beth McKenzie)

What you receive by accomplishing your goals is not nearly as important as who you become by accomplishing your goals. (Gina Mollicone-Long)

What's important is finding out what works for you. (Henry Moore)

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. (Sir Thomas More)

I think the highest and lowest points are the important ones. Anything else is just... in between. (Jim Morrison)

Paintin's not important. The important thing is keepin' busy. (Grandma Moses)

-Dreaming the Soul Back Home...
The important things usually prove to be very simple. They are also open secrets in the sense that no one is hiding the knowledge from us except ourselves. (Robert Moss)

Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it. (Robert Motherwell)

The vast material displacements the machine has made in our physical environment are perhaps in the long run less important than its spiritual contributions to our culture. (Lewis Mumford)

A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual. (Vladimir Nabokov)

The most important thing is to just do it. If I work at a higher level I have responsibility to do better than what I've done before. Sometimes the best happens - beyond possibility. Just do it. Can't worry about it. (LeRoy Neiman)

Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. (Douglas Pagels)

We've all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it's more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors. (Norman Vincent Peale)

The importance of colour is as nothing compared with that of form, chiaroscuro and arrangement. They are the true and enduring bases of pictorial art. (Walter J. Phillips)

Let them understand above all that the artist works from necessity; that he, too, is a minute element of the world to whom one should ascribe no more importance than so many things in nature which charm us but which we do not explain to ourselves. (Pablo Picasso)

The most important thing is to just be good at what you do. (Victoria Pratt)

Do I really believe that my work is crucial to the planet's survival? Of course not. But it's as important to me as catching that mouse is to the hawk circling outside my window. He's hungry. He needs a kill. So do I. (Steven Pressfield)

The more you love your art/ calling/ enterprise, the more important its accomplishment to the evolution of your soul, the more you will fear it and the more Resistance you will experience facing it. (Steven Pressfield)

Every man, when he comes to be sensible of his natural rights, and to feel his own importance, will consider himself as fully equal to any other person whatever. (Joseph Priestley)

Experience is more important than theory. (Italian proverb)

The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole. (Ramakrishna)

It is important for the 'spirit' of the painting to be transferred to the viewer. (Todd Reifers)

From the very beginning, art meant something very important to the people who made it. It was a correspondence of the emotions to what you saw; it wasn't knowledge. You were being at one with something eternal; something outside of yourself. And no matter how many fake things have been brought in to suit other conditions... That is still true. (Milton Resnick)

For the artist as for the art lover or the critic, artistic practice brings into existence the irreducible dimension of the wager. The claim to recognize those artworks whose importance will be recorded by the future is, of course, only a claim, a supposition. But without this risk, this rash claim, this wager, the art lover has no legitimate existence – and nor does the artist. (Jean-Michel Ribettes)

It is important that the painting can be inhabited, so that the mind's eye, or the eye's mind, can move about it credibly. (Bridget Riley)

Creativity now is as important as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status. (Sir Ken Robinson)

There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; its what we do with them that's important. (Jim Rohn)

I've learned... that being kind is more important than being right. (Andy Rooney)

Composition next to value is the most important aspect of painting. Color isn't as important. (Rick Rotante)

Perhaps you're not finished with your story, and who knows if you'll ever finish it or not. Honestly, it's not that important. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

-, Midnight's Children...
Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence. (Salman Rushdie)

I believe that the sight is a more important thing than the drawing... (John Ruskin)

What we do outside the studio is as important as what we do inside our studios as far as self-expansion and vision go. The more we know our Self, the more we have to offer. (Linda Saccoccio)

The thing about real life is that important events don't announce themselves... Usually something that is going to change your whole life is a memory before you can stop and be impressed about it. (Edith Schaeffer)

It is in the treatment of trifles that a person shows what they are. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

I'm the most important person in the lives of almost everyone I know and a good number of the people I've never even met. (David Sedaris)

It is very important that you express your idealism actively, to what ever extent you can, for this increases your sense of worth and power... (Seth)

Much Ado About Nothing... (William Shakespeare)

Perhaps the importance that we must attach to the achievement of an artist or a group of artists may properly be measured by the answer to the following question: Have they so wrought that it will be impossible henceforth, for those who follow, ever again to act as if they had not existed? (Walter Sickert)

The most important thing for you to do is see that in hoping to be affected by other things as fully as possible, you become more yourself. (Eli Siegel)

I do not believe that the way paint is applied should be more important than what is portrayed. (Burton Silverman)

I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about... Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important. (Nina Simone)

When you draw a crowd of people in a street or room or landscape, decide whether you want to say that the people dominate the place or that the place is more important than the people. (John Sloan)

Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice. (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)

It is awfully important to know what is and what is not your business. (Gertrude Stein)

The things which cannot be adequately represented by words are more important than those which can. (Sir James Fitzjames Stephen)

One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there are so many more important things to be. (Wallace Stevens)

There are people who have tremendously important things to say, but they say it so poorly that nobody would ever want to read it. (Theodore Sturgeon)

The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet. (Shunryu Suzuki)

A painting with a message does not happen by accident. It happens when you place elements in their order of importance. (Mike Svob)

Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. (Charles Swindoll)

The most important thing in my life is my work. (Rod Taylor)

I make the best of all that comes and the least of all that goes. (Sara Teasdale)

The important thing is not to think much but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love. (Saint Teresa of Avila)

You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are! (Eckhart Tolle)

-What is Art?, 1896...
The activity of art is... as important as the activity of language itself, and as universal. (Leo Tolstoy)

I try to make the image less important than the emotion. (Stewart Turcotte)

Exposure to defeat is a very important thing. Anyone who doesn't look to get beaten is doing a disservice to himself. (Ted Turner)

It is not important to convince people; they should convince themselves, they should look with their own eyes. (Luc Tuymans)

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. (Mark Twain)

This is what I learned: that everybody is talented, original and has something important to say. (Brenda Ueland)

The voice of the individual artist may seem perhaps of no more consequence than the whirring of a cricket in the grass, but the arts do live continuously... they outlive governments and creeds and societies, even the very civilizations that produced them. (Author unknown)

It's important knowing why you want to paint your subject, analyzing what you see, and then having the skill to control the process of painting. (Andries Veerman)

It's not just what you say but how you say it that is so important. (Robert Wade)

It's important that people know what you stand for. It's equally important that they know what you won't stand for. (Mary H. Waldrip)

You know, when I think about what I'm doing, what I'm doing and the way I'm doing it is more important to me than any amount of money or anything like that because it's my artistic work. (Jimmy Wales)

It is important to know: 1) You are OK just the way you are. You need a strong stomach, a tough hide, and to be able to take rejection well. 2) Do your homework. Check out galleries. Don't just walk in with your work. Be as professional as you can. 3)... there is a gallery for everybody. (Kay WalkingStick)

I think it's more important to show your work to the public. (Ai Weiwei)

Results alone should be appraised; the way in which these are achieved is of importance only to the maker. (Edward Weston)

Skill for a painter is only as important as the need for it in each work, and it is not a virtue unto itself. (Bill White)

Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it. (Alfred North Whitehead)

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. (Marianne Williamson)

What doesn't exist is as important as what does. Passing on the tradition of freestyle Chinese painting is my duty. (Ming Yeung)


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