"I hope, always to earn my living by my art without having ever deviated by even a hair's breadth from my principles, without having lied to my conscience for a single moment, without painting even as much as can be covered by hand only to please anyone or to sell more easily"

Gustave Courbet

"I paint with my back to the world"

Agnes Martin

"You have to have done something before you can be said to have done something. The title of artist or architect or musician needs to somehow be earned"

Dave Hickey

"I am for an art that helps old ladies across the street."

Claes Oldenburg

"Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long."

May Sarton

"Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense."

Gertrude Stein

"I can never find what I want, but the benefit is that I always find something else."

Irvine Welsh

"I'm making explorations. I don't know where they're going to take me."

Marshall McLuhan

"Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are."

José Ortega Gassett