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200 Inspiring Calligraphy Quotes: Handwritten Lettering

1. “She may have looked normal on the outside, but once you'd seen her handwriting you knew she was deliciously complicated inside.”


2. “Once, after lecturing before the Malaysia Art Council, I was asked by an English curator, during the question period, why all Chinese paintings look alike. I replied that the reason was the same why Orientals, when first coming to the West, are unable to differentiate between the various European nationalities - lack of exposure and not being familiar enough with the subject to know where and how to look for the variations and telling characteristics.”


3. “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.”


4. “If I know what love is, it is because of you.” — Hermann Hesse


5. “We never outgrow the truth.” ― Yohancé Salimu


6. “Calligraphy is an art form that uses ink and a brush to express the very souls of words on paper.” ― Kaoru Akagawa


7. “Tell me who you love and I’ll tell you who you are.” — Creole Proverb


8. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” — Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights


9. “We are most alive when we’re in love.” — John Updike


10. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein


11. “All our prayers are addressed in the handwriting of the heart.”


12. “Handwriting is more connected to the movement of the heart.”


13. “Her handwriting was curious, small sharp little letters with no capitals (who did she think she was, e. e. cummings?)”


14. “What we think, we become.” – Buddha.


15. Write one letter and wait for ages. ~Prof. R. K. Joshi


16. Calligraphy is the art of both ideal writing and an ideal soul. ~Anonymousquotes about Calligraphy


17. … the problem before us is fairly simple–To make good letters and to arrange them well.


18. “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.” ― Dai Sijie, Once on a Moonless Night


19. “Perfection of handwriting needs proper education, regular exercises, and purity of the soul.”


20. “Look at that," he said. "How the ink bleeds." He loved the way it looked, to write on a thick pillow of the pad, the way the thicker width of paper underneath was softer and allowed for a more cushiony interface between pen and surface, which meant more time the two would be in contact for any given point, allowing the fiber of the paper to pull, through capillary action, more ink from the pen, more ink, which meant more evenness of ink, a thicker, more even line, a line with character, with solidity. The pad, all those ninety-nine sheets underneath him, the hundred, the even number, ten to the second power, the exponent, the clean block of planes, the space-time, really, represented by that pad, all of the possible drawings, graphs, curves, relationships, all of the answers, questions, mysteries, all of the problems solvable in that space, in those sheets, in those squares.”


21. 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'.


22. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot.


23. “Change the world by being yourself.” ― Amy Poehler


24. Handwriting is the shackle of the mind. ~Plato


25. “Who am I? is not a question about your job or bank balance. Don’t be satisfied with rational or formal answers. Ask yourself seriously and honestly, again and again, and, sooner or later, you’ll hear the voice of your soul. The true answer will come to you, breaking through the thick curtain of your ego, which is made up of your name, job, personality, and similar things.”


26. “I fell in love with my father's signature. His love for his own name was something to see. He saw himself full of pomp, of crowns, of pride. My father's pride was cosmic in scale.”


27. “…the problem before us is fairly simple–To make good letters and to arrange them well.” ― Edward Johnston


28. Calligraphy, a spiritual art that has been forgotten in favor of an emotionless keyboard. ~Stefan Bolder


29. “Despite the hard work and frustration, the striving for excellence is part of the fun of lettering.” ― Marsha Brady


30. It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot


31. “Calligraphy is the ultimate synthesis of what I love: language, art and human connection.”


32. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair.


33. “Modern calligraphy” is the folk-art class of script forms that is easy for someone to learn, compared with the more formal hands of calligraphy that take much time and effort to master. Modern calligraphy is a class of trendy scripts that are characterized by bounced and rounded lettering, which is closer to freestyle handwriting than historical calligraphy and its variations.”


34. “Calligraphy has always existed in that place of tension between what the letterform desires: to be completely principled, and what the hand desires: infinite freedom of gesture.”


35. 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.


36. “What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.” ― Issac Newton


37. “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein.


38. “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.”


39. 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. ~Sheila Waters


40. “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” — David Viscott


41. “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.”


42. “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.” ― H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation


43. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin


44. “There must be endless repetitions of every stroke in order to win exact beauty of execution. But the winning is sure. Failure means nothing — except the need for further practice. Perseverance in it assures nothing less than perfection at the last. “Practise” is the word of power.” ― Edward Summers Squier, M.A. (1919 book)


45. “Change the world by being yourself.” – Amy Poehler.


46. “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.” ― Aberjhani


47. “Calligraphy — the dance, on a tiny stage, of the living, speaking hand...”


48. “He was a prince of the Ming dynasty. His family was very rich and very powerful. His father and grandfather were painters and famous calligraphers, and little Zhu Da had inherited their gift. So just imagine, one day, when he wasn't even eight years old yet, he drew a flower, a simple lotus flower floating on a pond. His drawing was beautiful that his mother decided to hang it in their salon. She claimed that thanks to the drawing you could feel a fresh little breeze in the huge room and you could even smell the flower's perfume when you walked by the drawing. Can you imagine? Even the perfume! And his mother was surely not an easy person to please... With both a husband and a father who were artists, she must have seen a few things by then...”


49. “On pristine parchment I draw with my skis calligraphic lines of joy, writing poems of movement.”


50. “Kaz’s art is a powerful example of discipline and freedom. His classical calligraphy captures the inner movement and stillness of the brush and mind.” ― Joan Halifax


51. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair


52. “There are five virtues: accuracy, literacy, a strong hand, industriousness, and the perfect writing utensils”


53. Calligraphies are our images, Maestro, images of our faith. ~Mathias Enard


54. “On pristine parchment I draw with my skis calligraphic lines of joy, writing poems of movement.” ― Patricia Robin Woodruff


55. “Calligraphy is the ultimate synthesis of what I love: language, art, and human connection.”― Joy Deneen


56. “Handwriting is the shackle of the mind.”


57. “Handwriting is autobiography.”


58. 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.


59. “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.” ― Aberjhani, I Made My Boy Out of Poetry


60. “Always introduce a bit of imperfection, because calligraphy is made by the human hand, not a machine, and human imperfections will always be more appealing to humans than perfection.” — Ina Salts


61. “Print is predictable and impersonal, conveying information in a mechanical transaction with the reader’s eye. Handwriting, by contrast, resists the eye, reveals its meaning slowly, and is as intimate as skin.”


62. “If our minds are like a garden, then emotions are like the different flowers that bloom and wither in it all year round, according to the season. Emotions sometimes bring dynamism and significant change to our lives, but we must never be led around by them.”


63. “Lettering creates readable art that comes to life, displaying a quirky, whimsical nature.”― Peggy Dean, The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide: A Complete Step-by-Step Workbook to Jump Start Modern Calligraphy Skills


64. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman.


65. “Irony, we want our handwriting to look like typed fonts, and our computer fonts to look like handwritten text.”


66. “Find your peace and live in it.” – Yohancé Salimu.


67. “Mathematics is the handwriting on the human consciousness of the very Spirit of Life itself.”


68. “Have courage and be kind.” ― Cinderella


69. “The handwriting on the wall may be a forgery.”


70. “Knowing that you have a soul bright and clear like the sun, perceiving and feeling that soul, you will realize that it is very precious and beautiful. When


71. “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 are present or absent.” — Steven Skaggs


72. “Lettering creates readable art that comes to life, displaying a quirky, whimsical nature.”


73. Perfection of handwriting needs proper education, regular exercises, and purity of the soul'.


74. Calligraphy is frozen poetry. ~Anonymous


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76. “Calligraphy is the most intimate, private, and spontaneous expressive means. Like a fingerprint or voice, it is unique with every person.” ― Hermann Zapf


77. “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.” ― Karlgeorg Hoefer


78. “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.”


79. “Calligraphy is a kind of music not for the ears, but for the eyes.”


80. write one letter and wait for ages'.


81. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown


82. “Calligraphy: disciplined freedom is the essence of it, as of any other just form of government.”


83. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen your handwriting before. It’s an oddly personal thing, isn’t it?”


84. The significance of calligraphy is spiritual harmony and the birth of motion. ~Anonymous


85. “What we think, we become.” – Buddha.


86. “Lettering is my music.” ― Peter Thornton


87. “Calligraphy is the most intimate, private, and spontaneous expressive means. Like a fingerprint or voice it is unique with every person.”


88. Be faithful to precision, neat handwriting, and authorship. ~Edward Johnston


89. “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary.


90. Each letter in every script known to man holds an eternal power, an individual beauty in its vertical, horizontal, angular lines, in their continuity'.


91. “Every man has one thing he can do better than anyone else--and usually it's reading his own handwriting.”


92. “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.” ― H.G. Wells photo credits Pinterest


93. For the largest part, ill handwriting in the world is caused by hurry. ~Lewis Carroll


94. “A woman's perfume talks more about her than her handwriting.”


95. Calligraphy paints words. ~Anonymous


96. “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.”


97. “Do calligraphy which is more like your handwriting. Connect your letters in ways which no machine can do. This is the future of calligraphy.” — Ina Salts


98. “Calligraphy has always existed in that place of tension between what the letterform desires: to be completely principled, and what the hand desires: infinite freedom of gesture.” — Steven Skaggs


99. “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.”


100. “The only thing most people do better than anyone else is read their own handwriting.”


101. “Calligraphy is an art form that uses ink and a brush to express the very souls of words on paper.”


102. Calligraphy: disciplined freedom is the essence of it, as of any other just form of government. ~Raymond F. Diboll


103. “Good teachers deserve apples; great teachers deserve chocolate. A favorite quotation, written in calligraphy on his office door.” — Richard Hamming


104. Calligraphy is the most intimate, private and spontaneous expressive means. Like a fingerprint or voice it is unique with every person'.


105. “In calligraphy, as in life, we do not retouch strokes, Master Wang often said. We must accept that what is done is done.”


106. “What we think, we become.” ― Buddha


107. “We love the things we love for what they are.” — Robert Frost


108. “Just above our terror, the stars painted this story


109. “Whatever you do, do it well.” ― Walt Disney


110. Calligraphy is the flower of a man’s soul. ~Anonymouswriting quotes


111. “Quincy Elise would love to visit Tokyo and explore the thriving fashion scene there. She loves wearing make-up and enjoys fashion and style.”


112. Writing is half the knowledge. ~Muhammad the Prophet


113. Calligraphy is the flower of a man’s soul. ~Anonymouswriting quotes


114. “Addison spoke in calligraphy while everyone else talked in scribbles.”


115. “Letters act as practical and useful signs, but also as pure and inner melody.” ― Wassily Kandinsky


116. “I don’t walk away from things I think are unfinished.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger


117. “If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” — Jane Austen, Emma


118. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown.


119. “Calligraphies are our images, Maestro, images of our faith.” ― Mathias Énard, Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d’éléphants


120. “We are most alive when we’re in love.” — John Updike


121. “At first sight Mesihi’s is a very different art: the height of the letter, the thickness of the line that gives movement, the disposition of the consonants, space stretching out according to sounds. Clinging to his reed pen, the calligrapher-poet gives a face to words, to phrases, to lines or verses.” ― Mathias Énard, Parle-leur de batailles, de rois et d’éléphants


122. “Find your peace and live in it.” ― Yohancé Salimu


123. “I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it's done in handwriting.”


124. Calligraphy is a kind of music not for the ears, but for the eyes. ~V. LazurskyCalligraphy sayings


125. 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.


126. “The enlightened worry more about the problems of the world than about their own problems, and their longing for the well-being of all life grows deeper,


127. “Work is love made visible.” ― Kahlil Gibran


128. “All our prayers are addressed in the handwriting of the heart.”


129. “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.” ― Unknown


130. Calligraphy is the most intimate, private, and spontaneous expressive means. Like a fingerprint or voice, it is unique with every person. ~Hermann Zapf


131. “Calligraphy has always existed in that place of tension between what the letterform desires: to be completely principled, and what the hand desires: infinite freedom of gesture.” — Steven Skaggs


132. “We are living out the drama of a pathetic story whose pages are smeared with our own handwriting.”


133. “You can tell a lot about a person by their handwriting.”


134. “I fell in love with my father’s signature. His love for his own name was something to see. He saw himself full of pomp, of crowns, of pride. My father’s pride was cosmic in scale.” ― Manuel Vilas


135. “I saw that bad handwriting should be regarded as a sign of imperfect education.”


136. “Do calligraphy which is more like you’re handwriting. Connect your letters in ways which no machine can do. This is the future of calligraphy.”


137. “If you dance, you’ll feel more joyful. Just thinking isn’t going to make you feel better. Think about how joyful you’ll feel as you dance. Don’t repeat the foolishness of putting off dancing as you debate whether dance will really bring you joy. We feel joy as soon as we dance. Everything is like that.”


138. Calligraphy is the art of putting the brush on paper properly and then accurately removing it. ~Anonymous


139. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth


140. “What joy there is in hearing yourself think,


141. “For the largest part ill handwriting in the world is caused by hurry.”


142. “Change the world by being yourself.” ― Amy Poehler


143. “Calligraphy: disciplined freedom is the essence of it, as of any other just form of government.” — Raymond F. Diboll


144. “Calligraphy is an art form that uses ink and a brush to express the very souls of words on paper.” ― Kaoru Akagawa


145. “What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.” – Issac Newton.


146. “He was a prince of the Ming dynasty. His family was very rich and very powerful. His father and grandfather were painters and famous calligraphers, and little Zhu Da had inherited their gift. So just imagine, one day, when he wasn't even eight years old yet, he drew a flower, a simple lotus flower floating on a pond. His drawing was beautiful that his mother decided to hang it in their salon. She claimed that thanks to the drawing you could feel a fresh little breeze in the huge room and you could even smell the flower's perfume when you walked by the drawing. Can you imagine? Even the perfume! And his mother was surely not an easy person to please... With both a husband and a father who were artists, she must have seen a few things by then...”


147. “Calligraphy is a kind of music not for the ears, but for the eyes.” ― V. Lazursky


148. “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.”


149. “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” ― Sir Edmund Hillary


150. “A friend of mine once mentioned something one of his teachers had told him: 'Calligraphy is like the leaves of a tree. Every letter has the same basic shape and size, but each one is unique.'”


151. “Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.” — Loretta Young


152. “Calligraphy is a kind of music not for the ears, but for the eyes.”


153. “Geometry can produce legible letters, but art alone makes them beautiful.” ― Paul Standard


154. “Letters act as practical and useful signs, but also as pure and inner melody.”


155. “Calligraphies are our images, Maestro, images of our faith.”


156. “I dip the brush in ink. Making ink---grinding powders, mixing colors (golds, silver, azurite), and adding glue---can take hours. Someday, I might be able to do this. But it's a master's skill, and I am a novice. It is the way of kata, the practice of doing something over and over again until it is second nature. Calligraphy is part of the imperial identity. Therefore, it is part of mine now.”


157. “Handwriting is a spiritual designing, even though it appears by means of a material instrument.”


158. “…the problem before us is fairly simple–To make good letters and to arrange them well.” ― Edward Johnston


159. Despite the hard work and frustration, the striving for excellence is part of the fun of lettering. ~Marsha Brady


160. “Each letter in every script known to man holds an eternal power, an individual beauty in its vertical, horizontal, angular lines, in their continuity.”


161. “Hand writing causes thinking - the repetition of writing your goal everyday will increase your awareness. The true purpose of a goal is to help you grow.”


162. “The truest evidence that any civilization ever leaves behind about itself is its art. Art never lies.”


163. “Letters act as practical and useful signs, but also as pure and inner melody.”


164. “Perfection of handwriting needs proper education, regular exercises, and purity of the soul.”


165. “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.”


166. “One ought only to write when one leaves a piece of one's own flesh in the inkpot, each time one dips one's pen.”


167. When there are no words left, the meaning is still preserved. ~Anonymous


168. “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.” ― Dai Sijie


169. “For the largest part, ill handwriting in the world is caused by hurry.” ― Lewis Carroll


170. “Write one letter and wait for ages.” ― Prof. R. K. Joshi


171. Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


172. Calligraphy requires perfect technical skills, naturalness, inspiration and spontaneous natural power. ~Anonymous


173. “Every bottle of ink contains at least one good letter… and it’s at the bottom.” ― Peter Thornton


174. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn


175. “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.” ― Sheila Waters


176. “You become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey


177. “A friend of mine once mentioned something one of his teachers had told him: ‘Calligraphy is like the leaves of a tree. Every letter has the same basic shape and size, but each one is unique.’” — Christopher Calderhead


178. “I never want to stop making memories with you.” — Pierre Jeanty


179. “Always introduce a bit of imperfection, because calligraphy is made by the human hand, not a machine, and human imperfections will always be more appealing to humans than perfection.”


180. “Quincy Elise would love to visit Tokyo and explore the thriving fashion scene there. She loves wearing make-up and enjoys fashion and style.”


181. You can tell a lot about a person by their handwriting. ~Pete Doherty


182. “The written is to be read and not to be misread.” ― Sultan-Ali Mashkhedi


183. “Calligraphy, a spiritual art that has been forgotten in favor of an emotionless keyboard.”


184. “At first sight Mesihi’s is a very different art: the height of the letter, the thickness of the line that gives movement, the disposition of the consonants, space stretching out according to sounds. Clinging to his reed pen, the calligrapher-poet gives a face to words, to phrases, to lines or verses.”


185. Calligraphy is the ultimate synthesis of what I love: language, art, and human connection. ~Joy Deneen


186. “We shine bright so that others may shine brighter.” ― Yohancé Salimu


187. Man′s beauty is in the beauty of his writing. ~Anonymous


188. “What joy there is in hearing yourself think, and to make that thinking into ink.” ― John Olsen, Australian Artist


189. “Calligraphy, a spiritual art that has been forgotten in favor of an emotionless keyboard.” — Stefan Bolder


190. “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” — Zora Neale Hurston


191. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford


192. “Geometry can produce legible letters, but art alone makes them beautiful.” ― Paul Standard


193. “Calligraphy — the dance, on a tiny stage, of the living, speaking hand…” — Robert Brenthurst


194. Calligraphy is a remedy and mental gymnastics. ~Anonymous


195. “Addison spoke in calligraphy while everyone else talked in scribbles.” ― Shawn Martin, Shadowflesh


196. “Poets don't draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently.”


197. “What an extraordinary way the reed pen has of drinking darkness and pouring out light!” ― Abu Hafs Ibn Burd Al-Asghar, Andalusi poet


198. “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.” ― Steven Skaggs


199. “That handwriting was a girl. I mean, you can tell. The enchanted cursive.”


200. “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.”

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