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I really want to do the unexpected, and I think that's what I did when I executed 'Long.Live.A$AP.' I wanted people to really see the message and that I'm an artist who not only has the capability of rapping, but of composing great music both for people of my generation and for people with different backgrounds.
Every artist preserves deep within him a single source from which, throughout his lifetime, he draws what he is, and what he says. When the source dries up, the work withers and crumbles.
An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.
Vincent Van Gogh
I think confidence is the most appealing quality in any human being or any artist; that's what really attracts us to people.
The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful; one must sense him everywhere but never see him.
The great artist is a slave to his ideals.
Christian Nestell Bovee
The artist is the medium between his fantasies and the rest of the world.
The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas.
One must be a living man and a posthumous artist.
Well, in order for me to be successful... In order to be a great artist - musician, actor, painter, whatever - you must be able to be private in public at all times.
It betrays hubris on the part of the artist to think his medium is limiting him, and I think we all recognize this.
The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.
This is the artist, then, life's hungry man, the glutton of eternity, beauty's miser, glory's slave.
The thing about being an artist today is you get to develop right in front of people's eyes before you even put out an album.
I was more than just a moody artist.
I don't want to be a Michael Moore-style artist, which is not to disparage Michael Moore. But he seems rather unsuccessful at winning people over who don't already agree with him.
Growing up in New York with artist parents - a very liberal environment, where we were always encouraged to challenge the status quo - I think for a long time I confused jingoism with patriotism. And that is a mistake.
I think any artist that's going to become anything in this world faces humility: with great humility comes great success.
One of the most gratifying things I get as an artist is when people watch me do these different demonstrations, and they in some way feel empowered by what I'm doing so they can confront their own fears. Maybe it's the fear of getting in an elevator; maybe it's the fear of going on a plane and seeing the world.
I think every artist subconsciously wants to evolve themselves. Sometimes they get stuck in ruts because of pop culture, peer pressure, stuff like that. But what excites me most is exploring my own musical insights and expanding upon them.
Why do we pigeonhole and label an artist? It is a sure way of missing the important, the contradictory, the things that make him or her unique.
I think it's much richer and much more fun to be an artist than to be anything else. I can't think of a better life than acting.
I've never really considered myself just a street artist. I consider myself a populist.
When you're an artist, there's always a moment in your life when you think you're not inspired and instead of doing things and instead of travel and instead of falling in love, you're just depressed, so you don't move, so you don't change. So you're not inspired.
One thing that really appeals to me is this idea of music being a living thing that has an evolution that, in a way, enables the artist to sell a process rather than a piece of product.
William Arthur Ward
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.
John C. Maxwell
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