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Unless artists can remember what it was to be a little boy, they are only half complete as artist and as man. - James Thurber


I find in all the artists that I admire most a disturbing element, a distortion, giving evidence of a struggle. In great art, this conflict is hidden, it is unresolved. All that is bursting with energy is disturbing, not perfect. - Henry Moore


Pop artists deal with the lowly trivia of possessions and equipment that the present generation is lugging along with it on its safari into the future. - James Graham Ballard


The best of artists hath no thought to show, which the rough stone in its superfluous shell, doth not include; to break the marble spell, is all the hand that serves the brain can do. - Michelangelo


The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one's obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all. - John Updike


My characters have nothing. I'm working with impotence, ignorance, that whole zone of being that has always been set aside by artists as something unusable, something by definition incompatible with art. - Samuel Beckett


We eat up artists like there's going to be a famine at the end. - Nikki Giovanni


The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are. - Oscar Wilde