Sermon quotes on art

Maya Angelou

All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.

Letter to My Daughter (New York; Random House, 2008), p.65.

Nikos Kazantzakis

Art is the representation not of the body but of the forces which created the body.

Report to Greco, Faber & Faber, 1961, p.150.

Iris Murdoch

Man is a creature who makes pictures of himself, and then comes to resemble that picture.

“Metaphysics and Ethics,” in Existentialists and Mystics: Writings on Philosophy and Literature, ed. Peter J. Conradi (London: Chatto & Windus, 1997), 75.

Pablo Picasso

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

Pablo Picasso

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.


The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

Taken from On the Tranquility of the Mind

Vincent van Gogh

When I have a terrible need of — shall I say the word — religion, then I go out and paint the stars.

Letter 164, in The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh, ed. Robert Harrison, trans. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger (New York: Bulfinch Press, 1991).

Leonardo da Vinci

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

Still Looking for inspiration?

Consider checking out our illustrations page on Art. 

Follow us on social media: