„When seen as a whole, art derives from a person's desire to communicate himself to another. I do not believe in an art which is not forced into existence by a human being’s desire to open his heart. All art, literature, and music must be born in your heart’s blood. Art is your heart’s blood.“
„Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum.“
— Ansel Adams American photographer and environmentalist 1902 - 1984
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hiawatha: The Story and Song
„Art for art's sake has never flourished in England. We are often called inartistic because our art is unconscious. Our drama and poetry, like our laws and our constitution, have evolved by accident while we thought we were doing something else, and so it will be with music. The composer must not shut himself up and think about art, he must live with his fellows and make his art an expression of the whole life of the community – if we seek for art we shall not find it.“
— Ralph Vaughan Williams English composer 1872 - 1958
"Who Wants the English Composer?" (1912); cited from Ursula Vaughan Williams RVW (1964) pp. 101-2.
„Art is not hysteria. Art is as natural to man as is thought, it is a normal function of his brain. Art is observation and consciousness. It is not an instinct, vague, indecisive, sickly. Art is an eternal source – life, and an unlimited expression, the individual. These two elements, well-adapted, make masterpieces... All speech that a human being finds to give a new impression is of art. Why believe that the speech must be epileptic to become art?... Such is art. It is the product of life and the individual. It is born from their clash, from the received impression. But this impression is made once, for then it is no longer, neither life nor the individual..“
— Marianne von Werefkin expressionist painter 1860 - 1938
Vol. 1: 'My beautiful One, My Unique!', pp. 130-140
— Federico García Lorca Spanish poet, dramatist and theatre director 1898 - 1936
„Music is the art of the imaginary par excellence, an art free of all limits imposed by words, an art that touches the depth of human existence, and art of sounds that crosses all borders.“
— Daniel Barenboim Israeli Argentine-born pianist and conductor 1942
Context: Despite the fact that as an art, music cannot compromise its principles, and politics, on the other hand, is the art of compromise, when politics transcends the limits of the present existence and ascents to the higher sphere of the possible, it can be joined there by music. Music is the art of the imaginary par excellence, an art free of all limits imposed by words, an art that touches the depth of human existence, and art of sounds that crosses all borders. As such, music can take the feelings and imagination of Israelis and Palestinians to new unimaginable spheres. Statement at the .
„Music should enrich the soul; it should teach spirituality by showing a person a portion of himself that he would not discover otherwise. It's easy to rediscover part of yourself, but through art you can be shown part of yourself you never knew existed. That's the real mission of art. The artist has to find something within himself that's universal and which he can put into terms that are communicable to other people. The magic of it is that art can communicate to a person without his realizing it… enrichment, that's the function of music.“
— Bill Evans American jazz pianist 1929 - 1980
— Lois McMaster Bujold Science Fiction and fantasy author from the USA 1949
Context: Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart.
— John Ruskin English writer and art critic 1819 - 1900
The Two Paths, Lecture II: The Unity of Art, section 54 (1859).
— David Cronenberg Canadian film director, screenwriter and actor 1943
As quoted in "interview with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/CBC Radio program Q," http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2012/06/07/david-cronenberg-on-cosmopolis/ (7 June 2012)