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Often, reading and reflecting can be just as inspiring as immersing yourself in the visual arts. Some of the most inspiring, provocative musings are from people who have spent their lives surrounded by arts and culture – artists who have carved out their perception of life through the arts. What are some of your favorite quotes from renowned artists and writers? Here are some of ours:

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“Art speaks the soul of its culture.” – Abby Willowroot, artist and sculptor

“The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist.”David Hockney, English artist

“All I ever really want to know is how other people are making it through life – where do they put their body, hour by hour, and how do they cope inside of it.” Miranda July, artist and filmmaker

“When people say: She’s got everything. I’ve only one answer: I haven’t had tomorrow.”Elizabeth Taylor, Hollywood actress and icon

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” –Pablo Picasso, famed artist

“It’s interesting how we can’t often see the ways in which we are being strong – like, you can’t be aware of what you’re doing that’s tough and brave at the time that you’re doing it because if you knew that it was brave, then you’d be scared.”Lena Dunham, writer, actress and feminist

“The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.” – Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian Renaissance artist, inventor and thinker

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle, writer and philosopher

“Be a part of all that is decent and be an ambassador for the kind of world that you want to live in.”Julie Andrews, author, actress, and icon

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” – Francis Bacon, philosopher and author

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