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There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. (Ansel Adams)

If you must have a rule to follow, I would suggest cultivating a dialogue with your inner voice... If you listen to the clues your own images offer, the resulting work will be fresh, and authentic. Fall in love with your world... (Jane Fulton Alt)

If it doesn't look right, it isn't right. (Malcolm Armstrong)

The field of creativity that exists within each individual is freed by moving out of ideas of wrong-doing or right-doing. If we can answer 'yes' to the question. 'Is my self-worth as strong as my self-critic?' then we are ready to engage our creative expression. (Angeles Arrien)

The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. (Marcus Aurelius)

Learn the rules in drawing and perspective. It is an absolute must, even for the abstract artist, to learn the rules before perfecting a personal style. (William Band)

When you 'break all the barriers' you get a pile of rubble. (Darby Bannard)

Anything is OK in art if the art turns out OK. (Darby Bannard)

There are rules in drawing that cannot be broken. It is math. But the rules can be bent and new rules invented. (Moncy Barbour)

We do not long remember those artists who followed the rules more diligently than anyone else. (David Bayles, Ted Orland)

Every tip is a tiny spark that helps light the way... a painting tip's exact opposite is often true as well. There are no rules in art and here they are... (Robert Bissett)

I suspect that no community will become humane and caring by restricting what its members can say. (Derek C. Bok)

First trust your eyes... then check by rules. Many times something else is happening, and the rules will not apply. (Sergei Bongart)

To study music, we must learn the rules. To create music, we must forget them. (Nadia Boulanger)

I am not interested in rules and conventions... photography is not a sport. If I think a picture will look better brilliantly lit, I use lights, or even flash. It is the result that counts, no matter how it was achieved. (Bill Brandt, photographer)

You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. (Richard Branson)

I like the rule that corrects emotion. (Georges Braque)

No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist. (Andre Breton)

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

There are no rules. (Jack Bush)

Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

There are two great rules of life; the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can, in the end, get what he wants, if he only tries. That is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is, more or less, an exception to the rule. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

We're breaking all of the rules, even our own rules, and how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities. (John Cage)

Artists are not followers of convention and no rules or rationale applies in the pursuit of artistic fulfilment. (John Cerlienco)

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. (G. K. Chesterton)

General principles... are to the facts as the root and sap of a tree are to its leaves. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Damn the rules, it's the feeling that counts. (John Coltrane)

-Great Expectations
Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule. (Charles Dickens)

I don't follow any system. All the laws you can lay down are only so many props to be cast aside when the hour of creation arrives. (Raoul Dufy)

Exceptions are not always the proof of the old rule; they can also be the harbinger of a new one. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

Nothing is more destructive of human dignity than a rule which imposes a mute and blind obedience. (Anthony Eden)

Hell, there are no rules here; we're trying to accomplish something. (Thomas Edison)

It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them. (T. S. Eliot)

Be true to the highest within your soul and then allow yourself to be governed by no customs or conventionalities or arbitrary man-made rules that are not founded on principle. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

For me the rules are not part of the flesh, they are still insisting on fighting among themselves. They try to escape – they behave badly. (Olinda Everett)

The commonsense rules of the 'real world' are a fragile collection of socially reinforced illusions. (Timothy Ferriss)

The exception tests the rule. (Richard Feynman)

The only 'rule' in painting is what works. (Lee Fleming)

Rules of color, perspective and composition don't have much importance in my work... expressed are the emotions I feel in myself, my subjects and the lucid dreams I experience while pulled deep inside a canvas... (Eric Frantz)

Each one of us has something to contribute. This really depends on each one doing their own thinking, but not following any kind of rule... (Buckminster Fuller)

Nature provides exceptions to every rule. (Margaret Fuller)

Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I'm not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter. (Neil Gaiman)

Rules are, like an ashtray-in-progress, meant to be thrown, poked and reshaped to suit yourself. (Sara Genn)

At first sight, the idea of any rules or principles being superimposed on the creative mind seems more likely to hinder than to help, but this is quite untrue in practice. Disciplined thinking focuses inspiration rather than blinkers it. (G. L. Glegg)

Rules and particular inferences alike are justified by being brought into agreement with each other. A rule is amended if it yields an inference we are unwilling to accept; an inference is rejected if it violates a rule we are unwilling to amend. (Nelson Goodman)

I prefer the emotion that corrects the rule. (Juan Gris)

The canvas is a court where the artist is prosecutor, defendant, jury and judge. Art without a trial disappears at a glance. (Philip Guston)

In order to enjoy the freedom to create in the style and manner that best suits each of us, there can be no rules. (Hap Hagood)

A ruler isn't always straight. (Robert Half)

There are no absolutes in art. The words 'always' and 'never' do not exist. (Tony van Hasselt)

Rules and models destroy genius and art. (William Hazlitt)

There are no Rules, just really good advice. (Sandra Taylor Hedges)

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges. (Ernest Hemingway)

What is hateful to thee, do not unto thy fellowman; this is the whole Law. The rest is but commentary. (Hillel, the Elder)

I just wanted to find out where the boundaries were. I've found out there aren't any. I wanted to be stopped but no one will stop me. (Damien Hirst)

It makes no difference whether a work is naturalistic or abstract; every visual expression follows the same fundamental laws. (Hans Hofmann)

An exception disproves the rule. (Sherlock Holmes)

Rules represent a conclusion based on experience and comparison... Rules can make us be stuck in one place. I would rather think in terms of possibilities. (Roberta Horton)

The chessboard is the world; the pieces are the phenomena of the universe; the rules of the game are what we call laws of nature. (Thomas H. Huxley)

If anyone tells you there is only one way - their way - get as far away from them as possible, both physically and philosophically. (Jim Jarmusch)

There are no rules to break in art. (Tim Jenison)

These days I break all the basic rules. Once you've learned the essential rules breaking them is most rewarding. (Brett Johnstone)

The rules are simple. Take your work, but never yourself, seriously. Pour in the love and whatever skill you have, and it will come out. (Chuck Jones)

Preconceived notions and rules are antithetical to the creative process. (Scott Kahn)

There are many prejudices about art, and first among them is that it is a skill and that there are definite rules. (Wolf Kahn)

There are no painting police – just have fun. (Valerie Kent)

All human development, no matter what form it takes, must be outside the rules; otherwise we would never have anything new. (Charles F. Kettering)

-misattributed, from Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. ...
Learn the rules well so you know how to break them properly. (Dalai Lama)

You are remembered for the rules you break. (General Douglas MacArthur)

While some rules are necessary and good for us, living a life based on others' rules, needs, and expectations can stifle your self-expression and creativity, and keep a lid on your potential. (Lauren Mackler)

Rules are in my own world, because I love the way it hurts. (Ashgan Makarem)

If you write genre fiction, you follow the rules, and you have to follow them because readers expect that. (Yann Martel)

If one discards rules and exploits mistakes, the attainable goal is to have ideas swirling, enthusiasm fired and boundaries stretched as far as possible while maintaining integrity. (Beverley McInnes)

The mark of our time is its revulsion against imposed patterns. (Marshall McLuhan)

The rules are... there are no rules. (Andrew Mercer)

I am not aware that any community has a right to force another to be civilized. (John Stuart Mill)

Never, even as a child, would I bend to a rule. (Claude Monet)

I do what I can to convey what I experience before nature and most often, in order to succeed in conveying what I feel, I totally forget the most elementary rules of painting, if they exist that is. (Claude Monet)

If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere. (Marilyn Monroe)

Freedom is what it is all about and you don't have freedom if you try to please those who make the rules. (Rose Moon)

Man can make only the rules. He cannot make the laws, which are the laws of nature. It is the understanding of these laws that enables a student to draw. (Kimon Nicolaides)

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

There are no rules; we each have our own mind and way of working. Do exactly what you feel at the time. (Suzanne Partridge)

There's only one rule in photography - never develop colour film in chicken noodle soup. (Freeman Patterson)

It strikes me that too many aspiring painters get tied up in knots with detail and follow far too many rules - 'Only use this brush' and 'Don't mix this colour with that.' Trying too hard and being a slave to detail takes all the fun out of the whole process. (Deborah Phillips)

Many rules for the creation of colour schemes have been published in recent years, but, while they are popular in commercial studies, I know of no creative artist who employs them. They are, per se, restrictive; their use precludes any chance of adventuring in this interesting field. (Walter J. Phillips)

To blossom forth, a work of art must ignore or rather forget all the rules. (Pablo Picasso)

The student learns rules but all the rules in the world never make a picture. (Howard Pyle)

In their rules there was only one clause: Do what you will. (Francois Rabelais)

The rule book that I use has only one page in it and on that page are the words, 'There are no rules in art.' All one has to do is make it work. (William F. Reese)

I have no rules and no methods... no secrets. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

To be an artist you must learn the laws of nature. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

Could we teach taste and genius by rules, they would be no longer taste and genius. (Sir Joshua Reynolds)

Though colour may appear at first a part of painting merely mechanical, yet it still has its rules, and those grounded upon that presiding principle which regulates both the great and the little in the study of a painter. (Sir Joshua Reynolds)

People are always making rules for themselves and always finding loopholes. (William Rotsler)

In the track of fear we have so many conditions, expectations, and obligations that we create a lot of rules just to protect ourselves... when the truth is that there shouldn't be any rules. These rules affect the quality of the channels of communication between us... (Don Miguel Ruiz)

Your rules should arise out of your passions and your experience with what works for you. (Richard Schmid)

An act of thinking without restriction- without boundaries or rules can lead to the point of no return. (William Scott)

The golden rule is that there is no golden rule. (George Bernard Shaw)

Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture, as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle-sized are alone entangled in it. (William Shenstone)

In the best art, there are no rules. (Brydon Smith)

Laws are the spider's webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape. (Solon)

The only way for the creative mind to function is through anarchy. Art can't flourish while bound to the concerns of previous generations. Photography, as a rule, has too many rules. (Doug and Mike Starn)

Let be be finale of seem, / the only emperor is the emperor of ice cream. (Wallace Stevens)

If your own rules are doing you in, change them... rules are valuable - as a starting point. But not for the journey, and not for the end result, because they're usually a description of what happened in the past. (Dan Sullivan)

The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected. (Henry David Thoreau)

There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect. (Henry David Thoreau)

There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception. (James Thurber)

When we congratulate an artist for being creative... it is not because he was able to obey rules that were known... so that he succeeded in doing what had been done before. We congratulate him because... he was the originator of the rules. (Vincent Tomas)

You only find yourself when you disobey. Disobedience is the beginning of responsibility, I think. (Guillermo del Toro)

I make up a set of rules and play within those rules until I win. (Harold Town)

Any decent kind of world, you wouldn't need all these rules. (John Updike)

Let the subject tell you what to do - there is no right or wrong way to paint. (Van Waldron)

Simply having rules does not change the things that people want to do. You have to change incentives. (Jimmy Wales)

Learn not only the rules of art, but 'when' and 'how' to break them. (Robert Warren)

-The Path to New Music...
As regards the presentation of musical ideas, obviously rules of order soon appeared. Such rules of order have existed since music has existed and since musical ideas have been presented... So we shall try to put our finger on the laws that must be at the bottom of this... (Anton Webern)

Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk. Such rules and laws are deduced from the accomplished fact; they are the products of reflection. (Edward Weston)

The artist's first rule is that skill is a tool; / But your art's put to shame if skill is your aim. (Friedrich Wieck)

It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. (P. G. Wodehouse)

Art cannot be defined. All rules can be broken. (Jade Fon Woo)

Many a student, in his excitement and innocence, has broken almost all the rules and as a result has produced important work. The one rule that was not broken was that he was concerned. (Gordon J. Wootton)

What you have to do is break all the rules. (Andrew Wyeth)

There are no rules, only materials. (Burnell Yow!)

-b.1542 d.1609...
Rules serve no purpose; they can only do harm... Not only must the artist's mind be clear, it must also be free. His fancy should not be hindered and weighed down by a mechanical servility to such rules. (Federico Zuccaro)


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