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Before a painting one must see something other than what one knows already. Associations and significances mingle together beyond the palette. (Valerio Adami)

Talking about Art is like trying to French kiss over the telephone. (Terry Allen)

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. (Maya Angelou)

Without communication with the dead, a fully human life is not possible. (W. H. Auden)

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible. (Jane Austen)

As communicators, artists should not just portray a subject. Their work should be a window to the thoughts and inner workings of their artist lives and minds. (Elizabeth Azzolina)

Some paint comes across directly onto the nervous system and other paint tells you the story in a long diatribe through the brain. (Francis Bacon)

If you can talk about it, why paint it? (Francis Bacon)

It's always hopeless to talk about painting – one never does anything but talk around it. (Francis Bacon)

I would like my pictures to look as if a human being had passed between them, like a snail leaving its trail of the human presence... as a snail leaves its slime. (Francis Bacon)

Painting is a way of communicating vision and experience so that it reaches beyond a single moment in time. What fills our hearts and spills over must be shared. (Stormy Bailey)

The urge to share is not limited to the magnificent, but extends to the otherwise remarkable, even to the horrific. (Stormy Bailey)

There is no communication with any public whatsoever. The artist can ask no question, and he makes no statement; he offers no information, and his work cannot be used. It is the end product which counts. (Georg Baselitz)

I think if you touch ordinary people, they're simply ordinary people, the way they've always been. They work hard, they don't have really as much as they should. (Leonard Baskin)

All art is advertising. It stands for a particular point of view. Art that exploits badness is advertising badness. (Jack Beal)

I continuously strive to touch lives. (Michael Bell)

Do we have to talk in order to agree or agree in order to talk? (Jose Bergamin)

Speak not through the positive mind or the negative mind, but from the neutral mind. (Yogi Bhajan)

Painting is, literally, the primal impulse to mark. It's such a clear way of formulating what's inside one's head; it's the most direct way of communication. (Anna Bialobroda)

conversation, n. A vocal competition in which the one who is catching his breath is called the listener. (Ambrose Bierce)

Whatever is valuable in painting is precisely what one is incapable of talking about. (Georges Braque)

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending and to have the two as close together as possible. (George Burns)

You must tell people about nature and respect it so the people who look at your paintings know what to do with it. (George Buytendorp)

There is not a single true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom of each person who has known and loved it. (Albert Camus)

I don't like to talk much with people who always agree with me. It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while, but one soon tires of it. (Thomas Carlyle)

I deal with the obvious. I present, reiterate and glorify the obvious – because the obvious is what people need to be told. (Dale Carnegie)

Always have something to say. The man who has something to say and who is known never to speak unless he has, is sure to be listened to. (Dale Carnegie)

He has done like Orbaneja, the painter of Ubeda... when he had scrawled out a cock, was forced to write underneath it in Gothic letters, 'This is a cock.' (Miguel de Cervantes)

I consider that communication is an essential aspect of art, so it's important to have the right 'vehicle' to say what one wants about a given subject, without having to justify the work with an in-depth, wordy explanation. (Trevor Chamberlain)

Too much agreement kills the chat. (John Jay Chapman)

To know how to say what others only know how to think is what makes men poets or sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think makes men martyrs or reformers – or both. (Elizabeth Charles)

I'd like to think that when I sing a song, I can let you know all about the heartbreak, struggle, lies and kicks in the ass I've gotten over the years for being black and everything else, without actually saying a word about it. (Ray Charles)

Oh, I could spend my life having this conversation - look - please try to understand before one of us dies. (John Cleese)

An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture. (Jean Cocteau)

Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible. (Frank Moore Colby)

What comes from the heart, goes to the heart. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Debate is the death of conversation. (Kitty O'Neill Collins)

Speaking to a lawyer about pictures is something like talking to a butcher about humanity. (John Constable)

In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do. (Stephen R. Covey)

Keep communications simple and direct; everyone will appreciate this. (Jeff Davidson)

I'll play it first and tell you what it is later. (Miles Davis)

Conversation in real life is full of half-finished sentences and overlapping talk. Why shouldn't painting be too? (Edgar Degas)

What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming. (Edgar Degas)

A picture is nothing but a bridge between the soul of the artist and that of the spectator. (Eugene Delacroix)

Self talk is destructive to art. In the making of art we are channeling energy from a source to a visual. Talking, even to self, redirects the energy channel to a less pure interpretation. (Laurie DeMatteo)

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. (Peter Drucker)

What I wish to show when I paint is the way I see things with my eyes and in my heart. (Raoul Dufy)

Education is the transmission of civilization. (Will Durant)

To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy. (Will Durant)

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth. (Eight-year-old)

The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living. (T. S. Eliot)

Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Dreams, puns, elisions, plays on words and similar tricks that we ordinarily think of as frivolous, all play a surprising and somewhat disconcerting role in the communication of important and serious feelings. (Milton H. Erickson)

Tell stories to the world. (Tomm Fennell)

The paintings may communicate even better because people are lazy and they can look at a painting with less effort than they can read a poem. (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

We have this terrible struggle to try to explain things to people who have no reason to want to know. (Richard Feynman)

If others can connect with my vision, then my art has succeeded. (Richard Fidler)

Only connect! (E. M. Forster)

I attempt to communicate through the medium of print a lively interpretation of my subject, endeavoring to capture its spirit. (Tom Francesconi)

When something needs to be painted, it lets me know. (Luis Frangella)

Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. (Edwin H. Friedman)

Art is not concerned with the meditation about what is and how it came to be. That is a task for knowledge. Knowledge is born of the desire to know, Art derives from the necessity to communicate and to announce. (Naum Gabo)

A good writer should be able to write comedic work that made you laugh, and scary stuff that made you scared, and fantasy or science fiction that imbued you with a sense of wonder, and mainstream journalism that gave you clear and concise information in a way that you wanted it. (Neil Gaiman)

The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Spoken out loud or in whispers, one way or another, our personal history becomes an intrinsic part of the broader history of our species, a thread in the complex interweaving. (Martine Gourbault)

I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream. (Temple Grandin)

Let your picture welcome the viewer. (Irwin Greenberg)

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much. (Robert Greenleaf)

The meaning of any communication is the effect it has. (John Bandler and Richard Grinder)

Art has always been like a crazy bus for me going everywhere meeting people... a vehicle to build a base in which to connect with people. (Bart Habermiller)

In any new situation... you will almost certainly be viewed in one of three ways. As a minus one: actively harmful, someone who creates problems. Or as a zero: your impact is neutral and doesn't tip the balance one way or the other. Or you'll be seen as a plus one: someone who actively adds value. Everyone wants to be a plus one, of course. But proclaiming your plus-oneness at the outset almost guarantees you'll be perceived as a minus one, regardless of the skills you bring to the table or how you actually perform. (Chris Hadfield, astronaut)

The heart is the shortest distance between two people. (Andrew Hamilton)

All art is communication of the artists' ideas, sounds, thoughts; without that no one will support the artist. (Lionel Hampton)

I cannot expect even my own art to provide all of the answers – only to hope it keeps asking the right questions. (Grace Hartigan)

In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge. (George Herbert)

We think up clever repartee / Right after we're a departee. (Jack Herbert)

If I knew how to say it directly, I would not need to write poetry. I would just talk to people and be happy. (Selima Hill)

-quoting his father who said of one of John's paintings...
'Son, that is a sermon in paint.' (John W. Hilton)

I sometimes feel that I have nothing to say and I want to communicate this. (Damien Hirst)

When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others, to bring them into the process. (Jim Hodges)

The only way an artist can communicate with the world at large is on the level of feeling. (Howard Hodgkin)

Creating art alone doesn't seem to fill us up, in my opinion, until we begin to truly communicate with it. (Gary Holland)

Talking is like playing the harp; there is as much in laying the hand on the strings to stop their vibrations as in twanging them to bring out their music. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

I am afraid that I rather give myself away when I explain. Results without causes are much more impressive. (Sherlock Holmes)

Your ignorance cramps my conversation. (Bob Hope)

Art is a means of communication by which mind reaches out to mind across great gaps of space and time, as well as across death. (Francis Hoyland)

When Communication with others is from love to love... it is deeply satisfying and healthy. (Gerald G. Jampolsky)

Talking about things that are understandable only weighs down the mind. (Alfred Jarry)

Painting is the bridge from one world to another - a way of singing for those who don't sing. (Melissa Jean)

To make the material speak to man in the name of man, this is the aim and reality of art. (Asger Jorn)

Simple and to the point is always the best way to get your point across. (Guy Kawasaki)

We want to be sure that it has that drama to it, that vividness to it, that focus, that cleanliness to it that is going to say something to you. (Thomas Keller)

Talking about the work neutralizes the energy, cheapens and chips away from the experience... The thing that really needs to be shared is the finished work. (Nader Khaghani)

To feel the soul without explaining it, without vocabulary, and to represent this sensation. (Yves Klein)

If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives, that's more than just entertainment - which is what we writers all struggle to do, to touch people. (Dean Koontz)

Without credible communication, and a lot of it, the hearts and minds of others are never captured. (John P. Kotter)

I'm not really on a mission to tell anybody anything. I'd rather be figured out. (Diana Krall)

The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation. (Hilton Kramer)

I no longer speak in that B.S. that spouts from 'artist' mouths, however I do speak Photoshop. (Don Lambert)

Our paintings are not whole until they are seen by the viewers; our poems are not complete until a reader speaks them aloud. (Lynda Lambert)

There are two things in ordinary conversation which ordinary people dislike - information and wit. (Stephen Leacock)

Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine. (Fran Lebowitz)

I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up. (Tom Lehrer)

Making social comment is an artificial place for an artist to start from. If an artist is touched by some social condition, what the artist creates will reflect that, but you can't force it. (Bella Lewitzky)

I'm not really sure what social message my art carries, if any. And I don't really want it to carry one. I'm not interested in the subject matter to try to teach society anything, or to try to better our world in any way. (Roy Lichtenstein)

Though old the thought and oft expressed, / 'Tis his at last who says it best. (James Russell Lowell)

-on Tom Thomson...
Thomson painted not merely to paint, but because his nature compelled him to paint - because he had a message. (J. M. MacCallum)

My Golden Rule of Networking is simple: Don't keep score. (Harvey Mackay)

It is a rare and valuable tonic to share insights, dreams and concerns with people whom you have never met. The sole purpose for such exchanges is simply to give light to one another. (Alison Mackie)

Many a man's tongue broke his nose. (Seumas MacManus)

You can only make art that talks to the masses when you have nothing to say to them. (Andre Malraux)

A movie will do in one second, with one image, what it will take a novelist at least a page to describe. (Yann Martel)

There is a world of communication which is not dependent on words. This is the world in which the artist operates and for him words can be dangerous unless they are examined in the light of the work. The communication is in the work and words are no substitute for this. (Mary Martin)

Talk about it. Don't try to imitate it. Tell it, don't show it. (Doris McCarthy)

I don't necessarily agree with everything I say. (Marshall McLuhan)

Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication. (Marshall McLuhan)

Your paradigm is so intrinsic to your mental process that you are hardly aware of its existence, until you try to communicate with someone with a different paradigm. (Donella Meadows)

In the end my art is a dialogue between two souls... yours and mine. (Allison Merriweather)

Example moves the world more than doctrine. (Henry Miller)

If an artist tries consciously to do something to others, it is to stretch their eyes, their thoughts, to something they would not see or feel if the artist had not done it. To do this, he has to stretch his own first. (Henry Moore)

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work. (Henry Moore)

I want to make paintings full of colour, laughter, compassion and love. I want to make paintings that will make people happy, that will change the course of people's lives. If I can do that, I can paint for a hundred years. (Norval Morrisseau)

What could be more interesting, or in the end, more ecstatic, than in those rare moments when you see another person look at something you've made, and realize that they got it exactly, that your heart jumped to their heart with nothing in between. (Robert Motherwell)

To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but that an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop. (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

When the artist observes nature... it is as if nature communicated, through the sensitivity of the artist at that moment, one of its secrets. (Bruno Munari)

If I feel strongly, I say it. I know I can do more good by being vocal than by staying quiet. (Martina Navratilova)

Communicate, communicate, and then communicate some more. (Bob Nelson)

There is nothing we like to communicate to others as much as the seal of secrecy together with what lies under it. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it – I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

One of the large consolations for experiencing anything unpleasant is the knowledge that one can communicate it. (Joyce Carol Oates)

Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of all communication. (Claes Oldenburg)

We are trying to communicate that which lies in our deepest heart, which has no words, which can only be hinted at through the means of a story... (Katherine Paterson)

Be interesting, be enthusiastic... and don't talk too much. (Norman Vincent Peale)

When someone likes your work there's a reason, you're obviously communicating. (Ross Penhall)

Instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling block in the way of action, we think it an indispensable preliminary to any wise action at all. (Pericles)

Most artwork comes out of someplace you can just tap into, and make that so obvious. And then other people can look at it and say, 'I know that place too, that craving.' (Judy Pfaff)

As so often happens, I discover that it would have been better to keep my mouth shut. (Prince Philip)

There is in my soul an intense urgency to paint, as if something terribly important needs to be communicated, and I can only say it with brush and canvas. Sometimes the soul's only instruments are brush, canvas, and paint. (Murray Phillips)

People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree. (Pablo Picasso)

For those who know how to read, I have painted my autobiography. (Pablo Picasso)

When you do a thing with your whole soul and everything that is noble within you, you always find your counterpart. (Camille Pissarro)

It doesn't matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said. (Jackson Pollock)

The artist is the antenna of the race. (Ezra Pound)

My parents swore I spoke sentences by 6 months old. Problem is, I'll spend the rest of my life learning to shut up. (K. Ann Price)

The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate. (Joseph Priestley)

The tongue can paint what the eye can't see. (Chinese proverb)

Every picture tells a story. (English proverb)

Talk about life – but in your own way. (Howard Pyle)

Master paintings accurately represent a subject and are focused on communicating an idea or emotion. I refer to this aspect of a great painting as the 'poetry' of a painting, or the content the artist is trying to convey to viewers. When you look at a master painting, you are moved in some way, and the memory of it stays with you. (Barry John Raybould)

I believe that any art communicates what you're in the mood to receive. (Larry Rivers)

The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives. (Tony Robbins)

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. (Tony Robbins)

We create because we want to communicate something, because we want someone to hear what we've said and think 'yes!' (Fiona Robyn)

The goal of effective communication should be for the listener to say, 'Me, too!' - versus 'So what?' (Jim Rohn)

Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know. (Jim Rohn)

I don't think you can have an authentic connection when one person is diagnosing the other. (Marshall Rosenberg)

Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. (Leo Rosten)

There's no question that photographs communicate more instantly and powerfully than words do, but if you want to communicate a complex concept clearly, you need words, too. (Galen Rowell)

Don't make assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

Having been borne across the world, we are translated men. It is normally supposed that something always gets lost in translation; I cling, obstinately, to the notion that something can also be gained. (Salman Rushdie)

Promote yourself but do not demote another. (Israel Salanter)

The main thing is to know something and to say it. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

A man's face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man's thoughts and aspirations. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets from us just like love or liquor. (Seneca)

I believe that if it were left to artists to choose their own labels, most would choose none. (Ben Shahn)

If an attunement or sensory response can be evoked from the viewer, a most exquisite form of communication has been established, and the artist's role has been truly fulfilled. (Irving Shapiro)

The greatest problem of communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished. (George Bernard Shaw)

I learned that the real creator was my inner Self, the Shakti, that desire to do something is God inside talking through us. (Michele Shea)

Art is a means of communicating thoughts and experiences in a mostly personal way. It's a process of communication that partially conceals its process of communicating. (Todd Siler)

Though the artist must remain master of his craft, the surface, at times raised to the highest pitch of loveliness, should transmit to the beholder the sensation which possessed the artist. (Alfred Sisley)

From all that I have seen, I am more than ever convinced that art must communicate, and it must represent, describe and express people, their lives and times. (Raphael Soyer)

I try to say something through those images, my 'war work,' though I don't know what it is. It's hard to describe. My head is full of that stuff. It comes pouring out. (Ben Steele)

A conductor has to know how to translate music into a communicative force that makes the listener want to hear what he has to say. (Isaac Stern)

You don't sit up in a cave and write the Great American Novel and know it is utterly superb, and then throw it page by page into the fire. You just don't do that. You send it out. You have to send it out. (Theodore Sturgeon)

Only when you understand people, they may understand you. So even though you do not say anything, if you understand people there is some communication. (Shunryu Suzuki)

The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit. (Sir William Temple)

We spend our time sending messages to each other, talking and trying to listen at the same time, exchanging information. This seems to be our most urgent biological function; it is what we do with our lives. (Lewis Thomas)

Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and the best feelings to which men have risen. (Leo Tolstoy)

By words one transmits thoughts to another; by means of art, one transmits feelings. (Leo Tolstoy)

Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life. (Brian Tracy)

I cannot keep from talking, even at the risk of being instructive. (Mark Twain)

For me, successful communication is comprehensible communication. Consequently, I have issues with 'artspeak.' (Chris Tyrell)

Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand. (Author unknown)

Until the 20th century it was generally assumed that a writer had said what he had to say in his works. (John Updike)

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything. (Voltaire)

I believe that the making of art is primarily for the benefit of the artist. If what the artist has created communicates messages and feelings to others, then it is because of the universality of the human experience that is speaking through the work of art. (David Walker)

Tell the viewer something that they need to know. (Kay WalkingStick)

There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all. (Rebecca West)

Art has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person's mind. (Rebecca West)

You have to find your own way to reconnect. Making art takes a connection. (Elizabeth Winter-Noyes)

What can be shown, cannot be said. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

A painting is a powerful vehicle of communication. Pictures can tell a story, convey a mood, or be a visual autobiography of the artist. (Rachel Rubin Wolf)

I get letters from people about my work. The thing that pleases me most is that my work touches their feelings. In fact, they don't talk about the paintings. They end up telling me the story of their life or how their father died. (Andrew Wyeth)


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