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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Banksy on art, thinking, oblivion, death, rebellion, truth, obedience, crimes, individuality, humor, creativity and law.

55 Great Quotes By Banksy, The Distinguished British Graffiti Artist

Famous As: Graffiti Artist

Born On: 1974 AD

Born In: Bristol, United Kingdom

Banksy is an English film director, street graffiti artist and activist whose real identity remains a mystery. However, he has grown to become one of the most famous personalities in the world due to his street art and remains an iconic figure. Banksy started off as a street artist around 1990 in the English city of Bristol and was a part of the thriving Bristol Underground scene. Before long he became a phenomenon all over the world and his art exhibitions have drawn huge crowds. His work is particularly well-known for being pithy, political and mocking all at the same time and that is one of the biggest reasons why his art has become a rage all over the world. Banky’s creativity has made him one of the most famous cultural icons of the modern era and his art is particularly well received because of the anti-establishment slant. Some of his most famous works include ‘Cardinal Sin’, ‘The Drinker’, ‘The Antics Roadshow’, ‘Fragile Silence’,’ Art Buff’, ‘Slave Labour’, ‘The Mild Mild West’, ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Bankrobber London’ among many others. Banksy is without doubt among the most gifted minds and has expressed his thoughts through his graffiti. Here are the most famous quotes and thoughts by Banksy. Have a look!

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

You're 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

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

A lot of mothers will do anything for their children, except let them be themselves.

Banksy

Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.

Banksy

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

Banksy

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

There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge.

Banksy

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

Banksy

Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent, leave the house before you find something worth staying in for.

Banksy

A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.

Banksy

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

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

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

Banksy

People who get up early in the morning cause war, death and famine.

Banksy

All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw?

Banksy

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

Banksy

A wall is a very big weapon. It's one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.

Banksy

A recent survey or North American males found 42% were overweight, 34% were critically obese and 8% ate the survey.

Banksy

People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish... but that's only if it's done properly.

Banksy

Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint.

Banksy

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

It's a very frustrated feeling you get when the only people with good photos of you work are the police department.

Banksy

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

Sometimes I feel so sick at the state of the world I can't even finish my second apple pie.

Banksy

I don't believe in anything. I'm just here for the violence.

Banksy

I need someone to protect me from all the measures they take in order to protect me.

Banksy

Live as a villain, die as a hero

Banksy

One Original Thought is worth 1000 Meaningless Quotes.

Banksy

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

Banksy

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

Banksy

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

Banksy

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

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

When he time comes to leave, just walk away quietly and don't make any fuss.

Banksy

At this time of year it's easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity - the lies, the corruption, the abuse.

Banksy

Fight the fighters, not their wars.

Banksy

As far as I can tell the only thing worth looking at in most museums of art is all the schoolgirls on daytrips with the art departments.

Banksy

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

If at first you don't succeed, Call an airstrike.

Banksy

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

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

Nothing is black and white, and there is no purity and there is no such thing has justice.

Banksy

People seem to think if they dress like a revolutionary they don`t actually have to behave like one.

Banksy

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

There's no way you're going to get a quote from us to use on your book cover" - Metropolitan Police Spokesperson

Banksy

The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.

Banksy

Anyone who believes in capital punishment should be shot

Banksy

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

Banksy

The art world is the biggest joke going. It’s a rest home for the overprivileged, the pretentious, and the weak.

Banksy

I want to live in a world created by art, not just decorated with it

Banksy

There are no exceptions to the rule that everyone thinks they're an exception to the rules

Banksy

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

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

Banksy

I sucked a lot of breasts to get where I am today.

Banksy