The black artist’s role in America is to aid in the destruction of America as he knows it.
Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people – the beauty within themselves.
The sensitive artist knows that a bitter wind is blowing.
When I was little, my parents really only wanted me to be a scientist or a doctor; they had never even heard of law school. I think even these days if you were to tell your mother you want to be a fashion designer, or an artist or a writer, a lot of Asian parents would be alarmed because they don’t think that’s a secure career.
The aim of the poet, or other artist, is first to make something; and it’s impossible to make something out of words and not communicate.
The great artist is the man who most obviously succeeds in turning his pains to advantage, in letting suffering deepens his understanding and sensibility, in growing through his pains.
Of all possible subjects, travel is the most difficult for an artist, as it is the easiest for a journalist.
The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures. The fewer the tools, the greater the imagination. The greater the will, the greater the secret failure.
No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.
A great artist is always before his time or behind it.