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109 Never Before Seen Banksy Quotes And Sayings

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109 Never Before Seen Banksy Quotes And Sayings

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Banksy Quote 5

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Workers of the world unite.

Banksy Quote 16

There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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.

People either love me or they hate me, or they don't really care.

Banksy Quote 24

No ball games.

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.

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.

Blank walls are criminal.

Banksy Quote 27

I don't believe in global warming.

I don't believe in global warming.

Banksy Quote 28

No future.

No future.

Banksy Quote 29

Sale ends today.

Sale ends today.

Banksy Quote 30

Love is the answer.

Love is the answer.

Banksy Quote 31

There is no such thing as good publicity.

There is no such thing as good publicity.

Banksy Quote 32

If graffiti changed anything - it would be illegal.

If graffiti changed anything - it would be illegal.

Banksy Quote 33

No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

People who enjoy waving flags don't deserve to have one

Banksy Quote 42

Live as a villain, die as a hero

Live as a villain, die as a hero

Banksy Quote 43

This revolution is for display purposes only.

This revolution is for display purposes only.

Banksy Quote 44

Nobody ever listened to me until they didn’t know who I was.

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.

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?

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.

Become good at cheating and you never need to become good at anything else.

Banksy Quote 48

0% interest in people.

0% interest in people.

Banksy Quote 49

Merry crisis and a happy new fear.

Merry crisis and a happy new fear.

Banksy Quote 50

Keep your coins, I want change.

Keep your coins, I want change.

Banksy Quote 51

What are you looking?

What are you looking?

Banksy Quote 52

Follow your dreams - cancelled.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You don't need planning permission to build castles in the sky.

Banksy Quote 60

Life is beautiful.

Life is beautiful.

Banksy Quote 61

Be positive, patient and persistent.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Draw the raised bridge.

Banksy Quote 66

I remember when all this was trees.

I remember when all this was trees.

Banksy Quote 67

The mild mild west.

The mild mild west.

Banksy Quote 68

If you repeat a life often enough, it becomes truth politics.

If you repeat a life often enough, it becomes truth politics.

Banksy Quote 69

Anyone who believes in capital punishment should be shot

Anyone who believes in capital punishment should be shot

Banksy Quote 70

So cliché.

So cliché.

Banksy Quote 71

You're never fully dressed without a smile.

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.

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.

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.

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.

One Original Thought is worth 1000 Meaningless Quotes.

Banksy Quote 76

Some people represent authority without ever possessing any of their own.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Your emergency exits are here, here and here.

Banksy Quote 88

No loitering.

No loitering.

Banksy Quote 89

Ready or not here we come.

Ready or not here we come.

Banksy Quote 90

You looked better on Myspace.

You looked better on Myspace.

Banksy Quote 91

Forgive us our tresspassing.

Forgive us our tresspassing.

Banksy Quote 92

One national under CCTV.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Think outside the box, collapse the box and take a fucking knife to it.

Banksy Quote 101

Fight the fighters, not their wars.

Fight the fighters, not their wars.

Banksy Quote 102

What we do in life echoes in eternity.

What we do in life echoes in eternity.

Banksy Quote 103

Because I'm worthless.

Because I'm worthless.

Banksy Quote 104

Let them eat crack.

Let them eat crack.

Banksy Quote 105

Sorry! The lifestyle you ordered is out of stock.

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.

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.

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.

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.

If you are dirty, insignificant and unloved then rats are the ultimate role model.

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