My business is to paint what I see, not what I know is there.
Turner, quoted in: Donald B. MacCulloch (1927) The Wondrous Isle of Staffa, p. 160
To select, combine and concentrate that which is beautiful in nature and admirable in art is as much the business of the landscape painter in his line as in the other departments of art.J. M. W. Turner
Painting can never show her nose in company with architecture but to have it snubbed.J. M. W. Turner
indistinctness is my forte.J. M. W. Turner
If I could find anything blacker than black I'd use it.J. M. W. Turner
It is necessary to mark the greater from the lesser truth: namely the larger and more liberal idea of nature from the comparatively narrow and confined; namely that which addresses itself to the imagination from that which is solely addressed to the eye.J. M. W. Turner