We're Canvas Art Rocks and for years, we've been producing beautiful wall art featuring the world-reknowned British artist that is Banksy. He's one of the most controversial street artists, who's loved and adored internationally. Very little is known about Banksy's true identity which makes him even more interesting. We've compiled a list of 109 Banksy quotes for you to enjoy.
Banksy Quote 1
If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit.
Banksy Quote 2
I don't know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower.
Banksy Quote 3
There is always hope.
Banksy Quote 4
Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.
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I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.
Banksy Quote 6
People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish... but that's only if it's done properly.
Banksy Quote 7
People who get up early in the morning cause war, death and famine.
Banksy Quote 8
I don't believe in anything. I'm just here for the violence.
Banksy Quote 9
Your mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid. You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation at high speed with total clarity.
Banksy Quote 10
The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.
Banksy Quote 11
Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
Banksy Quote 12
A lot of mothers will do anything for their children, except let them be themselves.
Banksy Quote 13
Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a fucking sharp knife to it.
Banksy Quote 14
I’ve learnt from experience that a painting isn’t finished when you put down your brush – that’s when it starts. The public reaction is what supplies meaning and value. Art comes alive in the arguments you have about it.
Banksy Quote 15
Workers of the world unite.
Banksy Quote 16
There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place.
Banksy Quote 17
Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they're having a piss.
Banksy Quote 18
There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge.
Banksy Quote 19
Once upon a time there was a bear and a bee who lived in a wood and were the best of friends. All summer long the bee collected nectar from morning to night while the bear lay on his back basking in the long grass. When winter came the bear realised he had nothing to eat and thought to himself 'I hope that busy little bee will share some of his honey with me.' But the bee was nowhere to be found - he had died of a stress induced coronary disease.
Banksy Quote 20
The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists.. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.
Banksy Quote 21
Winners… are not those who never fail but those who never quit!
Banksy Quote 22
I'm out of bed and dressed - what more fo you want?
Banksy Quote 23
People either love me or they hate me, or they don't really care.
Banksy Quote 24
No ball games.
Banksy Quote 25
A recent survey of North American males found 42% were overweight, 34% were critically obese and 8% ate the survey.
Banksy Quote 26
Blank walls are criminal.
Banksy Quote 27
I don't believe in global warming.
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Sale ends today.
Banksy Quote 30
Love is the answer.
Banksy Quote 31
There is no such thing as good publicity.
Banksy Quote 32
If graffiti changed anything - it would be illegal.
Banksy Quote 33
No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.
Banksy Quote 34
Laugh now, but one day we'll be in charge - monkey.
Banksy Quote 35
Don't forget to eat your lunch and make some trouble.
Banksy Quote 36
My main problem with cops is that they do what they're told. They say 'Sorry mate, I'm just doing my job' all the fucking time.
Banksy Quote 37
Sometimes I feel so sick at the state of the world I can't even finish my second apple pie.
Banksy Quote 38
Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint.
Banksy Quote 39
I need someone to protect me from all the measures they take in order to protect me.
Banksy Quote 40
If you want to say something and have people listen then you have to wear a mask. If you want to be honest then you have to live a lie.
Banksy Quote 41
People who enjoy waving flags don't deserve to have one
Banksy Quote 42
Live as a villain, die as a hero
Banksy Quote 43
This revolution is for display purposes only.
Banksy Quote 44
Nobody ever listened to me until they didn’t know who I was.
Banksy Quote 45
Only when the last tree has been cut down and the last river has dried up will man realise that reciting red indian proverbs makes you sound like a fucking muppet.
Banksy Quote 46
All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw?
Banksy Quote 47
Become good at cheating and you never need to become good at anything else.
Banksy Quote 48
0% interest in people.
Banksy Quote 49
Merry crisis and a happy new fear.
Banksy Quote 50
Keep your coins, I want change.
Banksy Quote 51
What are you looking?
Banksy Quote 52
Follow your dreams - cancelled.
Banksy Quote 53
Imagine a city where graffiti wasn't illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall - it's wet.
Banksy Quote 54
A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.
Banksy Quote 55
You can win the rat race but you're still a rat.
Banksy Quote 56
It's a very frustrated feeling you get when the only people with good photos of you work are the police department.
Banksy Quote 57
Art is not like other culture because its success is not made by its audience. The public fill concert halls and cinemas every day, we read novels by the millions, and buy records by the billions. 'We the people'--affect the making and quality of most of our culture, but not our art.
Banksy Quote 58
They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.
Banksy Quote 59
You don't need planning permission to build castles in the sky.
Banksy Quote 60
Life is beautiful.
Banksy Quote 61
Be positive, patient and persistent.
Banksy Quote 62
At this time of year it's easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity - the lies, the corruption, the abuse.
Banksy Quote 63
We kill people who kill people because killing people is wrong.
Banksy Quote 64
A wall is a very big weapon. It's one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.
Banksy Quote 65
Draw the raised bridge.
Banksy Quote 66
I remember when all this was trees.
Banksy Quote 67
The mild mild west.
Banksy Quote 68
If you repeat a life often enough, it becomes truth politics.
Banksy Quote 69
Anyone who believes in capital punishment should be shot
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You're never fully dressed without a smile.
Banksy Quote 72
I could sit in a pub and tell you all the things that are written in this book, but you wouldn't fucking listen.
Banksy Quote 73
Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent, leave the house before you find something worth staying in for.
Banksy Quote 74
I'd been painting rats for three years before someone said, 'That's clever. It's an anagram of art,' and I had to pretend I'd known that all along.
Banksy Quote 75
One Original Thought is worth 1000 Meaningless Quotes.
Banksy Quote 76
Some people represent authority without ever possessing any of their own.
Banksy Quote 77
If you have a statue in the city centre you could go past it every day on your way to school and never even notice it, right. But as soon as someone puts a traffic cone on its head, you've made your own sculpture.
Banksy Quote 78
People seem to think if they dress like a revolutionary they don`t actually have to behave like one.
Banksy Quote 79
Nobody ever listened to me until they didn't know who I was.
Banksy Quote 80
I want to live in a world created by art, not just decorated with it
Banksy Quote 81
The art world is the biggest joke going. It’s a rest home for the overprivileged, the pretentious, and the weak.
Banksy Quote 82
Remember – it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission
Banksy Quote 83
I sucked a lot of breasts to get where I am today.
Banksy Quote 84
The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.
Banksy Quote 85
Painting something that defies the law of the land is good. Painting something that defies the law of the land and the law of gravity at the same time is ideal.
Banksy Quote 86
Remember crime against property is not real crime. People look at an oil painting and admire the use of brushstrokes to convey meaning. People look at a graffiti painting and admire the use of a drainpipe to gain access.
Banksy Quote 87
Your emergency exits are here, here and here.
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Ready or not here we come.
Banksy Quote 90
You looked better on Myspace.
Banksy Quote 91
Forgive us our tresspassing.
Banksy Quote 92
One national under CCTV.
Banksy Quote 93
The time of getting fame for your name on its own is over. Artwork that is only about wanting to be famous will never make you famous. Any fame is a by-product of making something that means something. You don't go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a shit.
Banksy Quote 94
Graffiti ultimately wins out over proper art because it becomes part of your city, it' s a tool; I'll meet you in that pub, you know, the one opposite that wall with a picture of a monkey holding a chainsaw. I mean, how much more useful can a painting be than that?
Banksy Quote 95
When the time comes to leave, just walk away quietly and don't make any fuss.
Banksy Quote 96
If at first you don't succeed, call an airstrike.
Banksy Quote 97
There's no way you're going to get a quote from us to use on your book cover - Metropolitan Police Spokesperson
Banksy Quote 98
Nothing is black and white, and there is no purity and there is no such thing has justice.
Banksy Quote 99
I've never really understood why people sleep. Wasting a third of your life and becoming vulnerable for almost 8 hours every night. Doesn't seem very appealing to me.
Banksy Quote 100
Think outside the box, collapse the box and take a fucking knife to it.
Banksy Quote 101
Fight the fighters, not their wars.
Banksy Quote 102
What we do in life echoes in eternity.
Banksy Quote 103
Because I'm worthless.
Banksy Quote 104
Let them eat crack.
Banksy Quote 105
Sorry! The lifestyle you ordered is out of stock.
Banksy Quote 106
I like to think I have the guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things no-one else believes in - like peace and justice and freedom.
Banksy Quote 107
This will look good framed.
Banksy Quote 108
If you want someone to be ignored then build a life-size bronze statue of them and stick it in the middle of town. It doesn't matter how great you were, it'll always take an unfunny drunk with climbing skills to make people notice you.
Banksy Quote 109
If you are dirty, insignificant and unloved then rats are the ultimate role model.