Who on Earth is Banksy?

Anonymous English satirical graffiti artist.

Books by Banksy

Quotes by Banksy

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

Banksy Wall and Piece

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

Banksy Wall and Piece

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

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

Banksy Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

“Anyone who believes in capital punishment should be shot.”

Banksy Wall and Piece

“Art is not like other culture because its success is not made by its audience. The public fills 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 the quality of most of our culture, but not our art. The Art we look at is made by only a select few. A small group create, promote, purchase, exhibit and decide the success of Art. Only a few hundred people in the world have a real say. When you go to an Art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at a trophy cabinet of a few millionaires.”

Banksy Wall and Piece

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”

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“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.”

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“Be positive, patient and persistent.”

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

Banksy Wall and Piece

“Fight the fighters, not their wars.”

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“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 Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

“I could sit in a pub and tell you all the things that are written in this book, but you wouldn't fucking listen.”

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“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.”

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

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

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

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“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.”

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“If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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

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“Live as a villain, die as a hero.”

Banksy Wall and Piece

“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 Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

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

Banksy Wall and Piece

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

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“Nothing is black and white, and there is no purity and there is no such thing as justice.”

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“On Painting Rats, and the Glorification of Them. They exist without permission. They are hated, hunted and persecuted. They live in quiet desperation amongst the filth. And yet they are capable of bringing entire civilizations to their knees. If you are dirty, insignificant, and unloved then rats are the ultimate role model.”

Banksy Wall and Piece

“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 Wall and Piece

“One original thought is worth 1000 meaningless quotes.”

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

Banksy Wall and Piece

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

Banksy Wall and Piece

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

Banksy Wall and Piece

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

Banksy Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

“Policemen and security guards wear hats with a peak that comes down low over their eyes. Apparently this is for psychological reasons. Eyebrows are very expressive and you appear a lot more authoritative if you keep them covered up. The advantage of this is that it makes a lot harder for cops to see anything more than six foot off the ground. Which is why painting rooftops and bridges is so easy.”

Banksy Wall and Piece

“Remember – it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission.”

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“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 Wall and Piece

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

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“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 Wall and Piece

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

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“The people who run our cities don't understand graffiti because they think nothing has the right to exist unless it makes a profit. The people who truly deface our neighborhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff. Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours, it belongs to you, it's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.”

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“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.”

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

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

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

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

Banksy Wall and Piece

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

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“You ask a lot of little kids today what they want to be when they grow up and they say "I want to be famous." You ask them for what reason and they don't know or care. I think Andy Warhol got it wrong: in the future so many people are going to become famous that one day everybody will end up being anonymous for fifteen minutes.”

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“You can win the rat race but you're still a rat. The human race is an unfair and stupid competition. A lot of the runners don't even get decent sneakers or clean drinking water. Some runners are born with a massive head start, every possible help along the way and still the referees seem to be on their side.
It's not surprising a lot of people have given up competing altogether and gone to sit in the grandstand, eat junk food and shout abuse. What we need in this race is a lot more streakers.”

Banksy Wall and Piece

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

Banksy Pictures of Walls

“You owe the companies nothing. You especially don't owe them any courtesy. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don't even start asking for theirs.”

Banksy Wall and Piece

“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 Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall