When I was young my Dad bought me a copy of a book of quotations. I loved it. Since that time I have literally collected my own personal collection and I share some of them here, all photography related.
Ansel Adams (US landscape photographer, one of the greatest landscape photographers)
"You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures which you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved."
"A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed."
"Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment."
Robert Frank (US photographer, author of the iconic book "The Americans")
"When people look at my pictures, I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice".
Bernice Abbott (US photographer, architecture, especially New York City)
"Photography helps people to see."
Charlie Waite (UK landscape photographer, beautiful imagery)
"A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries, it transcends the constraints of language and culture."
Don McCullin (UK war photographer, incredibly poignant and moving images)
"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures."
Elliott Erwitt (US photographer, one of the greatest 'street' photographers)
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."
... and my favourite relating to portraiture ...
Paul Caponigro (US photographer)
"It's one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like; it's another thing to make a portrait of who they are."