Banksy’s street art often contains political slogans, and satirically critique greed, capitalism, hypocrisy and war. He often paints children, rats, apes and policemen in public places. Banksy challenges the popular notion whether graffiti is vandalism or art. His work was long considered vandalism, and often painted over, but he has risen to a kind of folk hero, especially to street artists.

I have included some of the famous Banksy quotes (many from Wall and Piece) and street art in this article. Enjoy!

More quotes? See our past articles with Art Quotes and Success Quotes

 

16 Banksy Street Art, Graffiti and Banksy Quotes

 

banksy graffiti remover

CC image courtesy of Leekson Flickr. 

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

 “Some people want to make the world a better place. I just wanna make the world a better-looking place. If you don't like it, you can paint over it!” Banksy – from Banksy website

 

banksy st leonards seafront

CC image courtesy of SNappa2006 on Flickr.

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

 

banksy shop until you drop

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“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish. But that's only if it's done properly.” Banksy – Wall and Piece

"Nobody ever listened to me until they didn't know who I was" Banksy – Wall and Piece

 

banksy street art

CC image courtesy of the cardinal de la ville on Flickr.

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

“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 – Wall and Piece

 

Banksy street art

Public domain image courtesy of Banksy article on Wikipedia

Sometimes I feel so sick at the state of the world I can’t even finish my second apple pie.” Banksy – Wall and Piece

“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

banksy wallpaper

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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

 

Banksy thekla arp

Public domain image courtesy of Banksy on Wikipedia

“T.V. has made going to the theatre seem pointless, photography has pretty much killed painting but graffiti has remained gloriously unspoilt by progress.” Banksy - Wall and Piece

 

no future banksy

CC image courtesy of paul nine-o on Flickr. 

“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

 

banksy bristol exhibition

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“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

 

banksy fishing

CC image courtesy of paul nine-o on Flickr. 

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

 

banksy looters

CC image courtesy of Infrogmation on Flickr. 

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

 

banksy monkey movie

CC image courtesy of Alan Trotter on Flickr. 

“Become good at cheating and you never need to become good at anything else,” Banksy - Wall and Piece

 

banksy new orleans umbrella

CC image courtesy of Mark Gstohl on Flickr. 

“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody 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 from Wall and Piece

 

banksy park row bristol

CC image courtesy of heatheronhertravels on Flickr. 

““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

 

banksy rat girl new orleans

CC image courtesy of Infrogmation on Flickr. 

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 - Wall and Piece

"You can win the rat race but you're still a rat." Banksy - Wall and Piece

 

banksy girl balloon

CC image courtesy of Bruce'sArtCollection on Flickr. 

“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

 

bethlehem banksy

CC image courtesy of Markus Ortner. 

“I originally set out to try and save the world, but now I’m not sure I like it enough.” Banksy

“I used to tell everyone I met to be an artist..... I don't do that any more.” Banksy – Wall and Piece

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