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Alice Neel: “I had what it takes to make a good artist: sensitivity and tremendous willpower.”

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: “Be a good craftsman; it won’t stop you from being a genius.”

Luciano Pavarotti: “People think I am disciplined. It is not discipline. It is devotion. There is a great difference.”

Raphael Soyer: “I wasted a lot of time just by dreaming of what I was going to do, rather than working.”

Edgar Degas: “Great patience is called for on the hard path that I have entered on.”

Janet Morgan: “There is beautiful tension in all creation between letting go and forming, the pushing and pulling of color and sound and everything imaginable.”

Wayne Thiebaud: “An artist has to train his responses more than other people do. He has to be as disciplined as a mathematician.”

Flannery O’Connor: “I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.”

Jean Anouilh: “To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows.”

Roy Smith: “Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.”

Joyce Carol Oates: “I am disturbed that a natural human inclination to work should, by some Freudian turn of phrase, be considered compulsive, even pathological. To me this is a complete misreading of the human enterprise.”

Wassily Kandinsky: “The word ‘composition’ moved me spiritually and I made it my aim in life to paint a ‘composition.’ It affected me like a prayer and filled me with awe.”

Joan Miro: “Art class was like a religious ceremony for me. The instruments of work were sacred objects to me.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn: “Art thaws even the frozen, darkened soul, opening it to lofty spiritual experience.”

Luis Buñuel: “Mystery is the essential element of every work of art. I shall never tire of repeating this.”




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