Many quotes look beautiful in calligraphy. These quotes are often pretty sentiments about love and life, written in gorgeous handwriting as a way of inspiring the reader. Calligraphy is an ancient art that goes back to the Chinese. With many styles of handwriting, calligraphy has been brought into the twenty-first century. Taking the time to write a message by hand is something that has almost been lost in today’s fast-paced world. These quotes will inspire you and lead you toward a calmer, more peaceful sense of self and a beautiful outlook on the world.
Calligraphy is a kind of music not for the ears, but for the eyes.
Calligraphy is the most intimate, private and spontaneous expressive means. Like a fingerprint or voice it is unique with every person
The calligraphy is found in those aspects of form that reveal the hand’s freedom, the gesture, the dance, the tool’s scraping and flowing, the intersection of mind and nature that occurs when hand and heart move as one. In short, the instantaneous character of the living mark is the calligraphy.
The written is to be read and not to be misread.
I never did calligraphy… But handwriting is an entirely different kind of thing. It’s part of the syndrome of modernism… It’s part of that asceticism.
Lettering creates readable art that comes to life, displaying a quirky, whimsical nature.
Write one letter and wait for ages
Prof. R. K. Joshi
You will never see good letters coming from your hand until you have learned to see good letters in your head. Good work depends on clear mental images. Clear images are based on knowledge of the causes of the thing imagined. Knowledge comes from intelligent practice. When practice has given the artist a clear image of what he has to do, he has insight into his art.
Lawrence R. Brady
Letters act as practical and useful signs, but also as pure and inner melody.
Kaz’s art is a powerful example of discipline and freedom. His cl*ssical calligraphy captures the inner movement and stillness of the brush and mind.
For the largest part ill handwriting in the world is caused by hurry.
A flourish is to be neat and glamorous and, at the same time, to be filled with motion, life energy, thought, and wit of the master.
Calligraphy may well be simply an artistic version of another form, that is the ideograms which make up the poem, but then not only does it reflect the character and temperament of the artist but . . . also betrays his heart rate, his breathing.
Calligraphy is the ultimate synthesis of what I love: language, art and human connection.
Just above our terror, the stars painted this story in perfect silver calligraphy. And our souls, too often abused by ignorance, covered our eyes with mercy.
… the problem before us is fairly simple–To make good letters and to arrange them well.
More powerful than all poetry, more pervasive than all science, more profound than all philosophy are the letters of the alphabet, twenty-six pillars of strength upon which our culture rests.
Calligraphy is an art form that uses ink and a brush to express the very souls of words on paper.
If I had known there was such a thing as Islamic Calligraphy, I would never have started to paint. I have strived to reach the highest levels of artistic mastery, but I found that Islamic Calligraphy was there ages before I was.
On pristine parchment I draw with my skis calligraphic lines of joy, writing poems of movement.
Patricia Robin Woodruff
Bad calligraphy comes from not understanding tool and form well enough to be free and clear in gesture. Bad calligraphy is making forms that are unsure, insecure, self-conscious, whereas good calligraphy unites the freedom of the hand with the mastery of tool and self in performance, whether letterforms be present or absent.
In a painting, you can’t make out whether the artist painted the left eye before the right eye. In Chinese calligraphy, you can see the progression of the artist’s stroke.
Calligraphy is the most direct form of all artistic expression. Just as each movement of the dancer is absolute, so every gesture of the calligrapher is essential. It is not the meaning of the character but the writing–the movement of execution and the action itself–that is important.
Tseng Yu-ho Ecke
The beauty of a letter depends on the harmonious adaptation of each of its parts to every other in a well-proportioned manner so that a whole shall satisfy our aesthetic sense. A result gained only by blending together the fine strokes, stems, and swells in their proper relations.
Geometry can produce legible letters, but art alone makes them beautiful.
The furthering of calligraphy in our own time above all serves self-realization by developing man’s creative talents. Calligraphy frees emotions and abilities which are hidden in the depths of personality. It activates the power of the soul.
What joy there is in hearing yourself think, and to make that thinking into ink.
John Olsen, Australian Artist
The written letter is something personal, organic, unique and spontaneous. It mirrors the character and the personality of the writer, and often his mood of the moment.
Artistic Writing is so attractive and pleasing to the eye that it is never likely to lose its popularity. The skill displayed in its execution creates wonder and holds most people by its fascination.
The letter beautiful is an ideal we are engaged in, and it is oftentimes our subject. As we will never be free of this, we must embrace it.
The making of letters in every form is for me the purest and the greatest pleasure, and at many stages of my life it was to me what a song is to the singer, a picture to the painter, a shout to the elated, ore a sign to the oppressed. It was and is for me the most happy and perfect expression of my life.
Just as writing can become calligraphy when it’s creatively, skillfully, and consciously performed, so can all other activities become art. In this case, we are reflecting upon life itself as an artistic statement—the art of living.
The scribe strives for spontaneity, sometimes he sweats blood to make it look easy, for spontaneity is the life blood of calligraphy.
Ray Da Boll
A written letter is like a bowl filled with a certain content. The purer the content, the more delicate strings of the human soul it touches
Lettering is my music.
Marks come alive when they are made with a sense of confidence, engagement, an unselfconscious tap into the flow that is somehow beyond yet also within the calligrapher.
The Zen way of calligraphy is to write in the most straightforward, simple way as if you were a beginner, not trying to make something skillful or beautiful, but simply writing with full attention as if you were discovering what you were writing for the first time; then your full nature will be in your writing.
Each letter in every script known to man holds an eternal power, an individual beauty in its vertical, horizontal, angular lines, in their continuity
Be faithful to precision, neat handwriting, and authorship.
For me, calligraphy is the physical revelation of the structure of the ideas; a reflection of the shape, texture and color of the phrases; and the integration of the words’ texture and color with their meanings.
Typography is the craft of endowing human language with a durable visual form, and thus with an independent existence. Its heartwood is calligraphy – the dance, on a tiny stage, of the living, speaking hand – and its roots reach into living soil, though its branches may be hung each year with new machines. So long as the root lives, typography remains a source of true delight, true knowledge, true surprise.
I look at lettering as a huge palette which includes calligraphy, type forms, and everything in between. The colours of that palette can be mixed into an infinite variety of blends.
Every bottle of ink contains at least one good letter … and it’s at the bottom.
A good flourish is the mood and soul of an artist creating capricious and delicate beauty with a pen′ s nib
There are five virtues: accuracy, literacy, a strong hand, industriousness, and the perfect writing utensils.
Perfection of handwriting needs proper education, regular exercises, and purity of the soul.
Figures are the most shocking things in the world. The prettiest little squiggles of black looked at in the right light and yet consider the blow they can give you upon the heart.
The advantage of drawing letters is that we can incorporate nuance. Nuance, rather than slavish precision, is what breathes life into our letters.
Calligraphy is like crawling into a funnel from the wrong end: the farther you go, the more there is to learn and do. It is a never-ending source of pleasure.
Calligraphy is the most intimate, private, and spontaneous expressive means. Like a fingerprint or voice it is unique with every person.
The five excellences include: calligraphy, painting, poetry, medicine, and t’ai chi chuan.
Despite the hard work and frustration, the striving for excellence is part of the fun of lettering.
The circle is a reminder that each moment is not just the present, but is inclusive of our gratitude to the past and our responsibility to the future.
As you work with different teachers, you may note that the truly inspirational and great ones are not dogmatic about letterform, technique or methodology.
Addison spoke in calligraphy while everyone else talked in scribbles.
Regardless of how diligently a person practices penning the strokes and letters, their efforts will never lead to consistently superb results unless they can see the correct forms in their mind before their pen touches the paper. “The hand cannot conceive what the mind cannot perceive.”
Michael R. Sull
The man who works with his hands is a laborer. The man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman. The man who works with his hands, his brain, and his heart is an artist.