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136 Quote and Unquote in Art


I have always loved quotations, clever things people have said over the years that resonate with me.  They feel like a painting put into words, much like a poem with music or for that matter the perfume of flowers – yes and of course I have a painting that fits right here called “Potted Perfume”.

painting of flowers in a vase by naive artist marie jonsson harrison in bright colors

Painting flowers!


I have often used quotations as the titles of my artwork.  Such as “It’s too late to turn back now”,  or “You and me and baby makes three” or “The grass is always greener on the other side”.

I find quotes are inspirational, funny and wise and it turns out that so many people over the years were so clever with the things they said.


One of my favorites is the Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Wilde an Irish writer and poet who lived from 1854 until the 1900 and become one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890’s.  I am sure you have heard of his novel “The picture of Dorian Gray” which was made into a movie of the same name about a corrupt young man who somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.  Another piece of his writing that you may be familiar with is his play “The Importance of Being Earnest” which still today plays around the world somewhere.  Oscar Wilde lived up to his name and was known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress and glittering conversation and truly was one of the most well-known personalities of his day.

Some of my favourite quotations from Oscar is “I always pass on good advice.  It is the only thing to do with it.  It is never of any use to oneself” and “I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability” and one thing which I am trying to avoid with all my might is “Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes”.

My daughter Hillivi sent this to me the author is unknown but it so speaks volumes;

Your car is German. Your vodka is Russian. Your pizza is Italian. Your vegetables are Spanish. Your kebab is Turkish. Your democracy is Greek. Your coffee is Brazilian. Your tobacco is Macedonian. Your tea is Indian. Your shirt is Chinese. Your oil is Saudi Arabian. Your electronics are Korean. Your movies are English. Your mini-series are American. Your numbers Arabic, your letters Latin. And you complain that your neighbor is an immigrant? Pull yourself together!

The way I live my life is always with the attitude that the “Cup is half full” so here are a few more for you to contemplate.  Of course they really do cross over from one category to another too.


“Friends are relatives you make for yourself.”(Eustache Deschamps)

“If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.”(Robert Brault)

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”(G.B. Stern)n’t forgive and forget, pick one.”(Robert Brault)

“Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.”(T. DeWitt Talmage)

“No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”(Abraham Lincoln)

“Being pretty on the inside means you don’t hit your brother and you eat all your peas – that’s what my grandma taught me.”(Lord Chesterfield)

“Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.”(Kak Sri)

“A daughter is a day brightener and a heart warmer.”(Author Unknown)

“The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child.”(Joe Houldsworth)

“I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.”(from M*A*S*H)

“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”(Mother Teresa)

I have recently collected quite a few quotes about a mother and daughter relationship – the reason has been my baby girl just turned 21 so she has foremost on my mind, however  I must say that I will in the future give equal space to my darling boy and the wonderful men in the world.

“A mother’s treasure is her daughter.”(Catherine Pulsifer)

“A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.”(Frank A. Clark)

“I keep trying to lose weight… but it keeps finding me!”(Author Unknown)

“When a man goes on a date he wonders if he is going to get lucky. A woman already knows.”(Frederike Ryder)

“Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.”(Hubert Humphrey)

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”(Frederick Douglass)

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. “(Judy Garland)


“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” ( Ernestine Ulmer)

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”(Jim Davis)

“If there’s no chocolate in heaven, I’m not going.”(Author Unknown)

“The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese”(author unknown)

“The cardiologist’s diet: If it tastes good, spit it out.”(Author Unknown)

“He was my cream, and I was his coffee -And when you poured us together, it was something.”(Josephine Baker)

‘The bagel, an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis. “(Beatrice & Ira Freeman)


“If you want to forget all you’re other troubles, wear too tight shoes.” (The Houghton Line)

“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”(Author Unknown)

“Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”(Albert Einstein)

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”(John Barrymore)

“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.”(Author Unknown)

“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”(Bertrand Russell)

“Don’t ever become a pessimist…a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun-and neither can stop the march of events.” (Robert A. Heinlein, writer)

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”(Herman Melville)

“Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two but can’t remember what they are.” (Matt Lauer )

“Living involves tearing up one rough draft after another.” (Author Unknown)

“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.”(Marsha Norman)

“Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along.” (Hugh Allen)

“A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is a man who hopes they are.”(Chauncey Mitchell Depew)

“The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it. ” (Dudley Moore)

“After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.”(Pam Shaw)

“They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body. “(Author Unknown)

“Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.”(Author Unknown)

“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.”(Jane Fonda)

“When I go out into the countryside and see the sun and the green and everything flowering, I say to myself yes indeed, all that belongs to me!”(Henri Rousseau)

So I hope there was something there which tugged at your hearts and lifted your spirits and I will leave you with another favourite of mine.

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty & well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming, “WOW WHAT A RIDE!”

Till next time happy painting and sculpting or whatever else you are doing,

Love Marie xxx

If you enjoyed this art blog on quotations you may also like to read this one to see a few more; 148 Art and my Favourite Quotations

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