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Pablo Picasso
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Bad artists copy. Good artists steal. Pablo Picasso
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In life you throw a ball. You hope it will reach a wall and bounce back so you can throw it again. You hope your friends will provide that wall. Pablo Picasso
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Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war. Pablo Picasso
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We have a definite but unknown quantity of experience at our disposal. As soon as the hourglass is turned, the sand will begin to run out and once it starts, it cannot stop until it's all gone. Pablo Picasso
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Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? Why does one love the night, flowers, everything around one, without trying to understand them? But in the case of a painting people have to understand. If only they would realize above all that an artist works of necessity, that he himself is only a trifling bit of the world, and that no more importance should be attached to him than to plenty of other things which please us in the world, though we can't explain them. People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree. Pablo Picasso
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The people no longer seek consolation in art. But the refined people, the rich, the idlers seek the new, the extraordinary, the extravagant, the scandalous. Pablo Picasso
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If you know exactly what you're going to do, what's the good in doing it? Pablo Picasso
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Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction. Pablo Picasso
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Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. Pablo Picasso
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Sculpture is the art of the intelligence. Pablo Picasso
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We don't grow older, we grow riper. Pablo Picasso
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One must act in painting as in life, directly. Pablo Picasso
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The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. Pablo Picasso
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Give me a museum and I'll fill it. Pablo Picasso
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You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea. Pablo Picasso
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I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. Pablo Picasso
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To me there is no past or future in my art. If a work of art cannot live always in the present it must not be considered at all. The art of the Greeks, of the Egyptians, of the great painters who lived in other times, is not an art of the past; perhaps it is more alive today than it ever was... Pablo Picasso
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Music and art are the guiding lights of the world. Pablo Picasso
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It is important to remember that great things have no fear of time. We've got to let go of the idea that what we want to manifest has to be done on our time schedule. Pablo Picasso
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Beauty? To me it is a word without sense because I do not know where its meaning comes from nor where it leads to. Pablo Picasso
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One starts to get young at the age of sixty and then it is too late. Pablo Picasso
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For being a bad student I was banished to the 'calaboose' - a bare cell with whitewashed walls and a bench to sit on. I liked it there, because I took along a sketch pad and drew incessantly I could have stayed there forever drawing without stopping Pablo Picasso
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What do you think an artist is An imbecile who has only his eyes if he is a painter, or his ears if he is a musician, or a lyre at every level of his heart if he is a poet, or, if he is merely a boxer, only his muscle On the contrary, he is at the same time a political being, constantly alert to the heartrending, burning, or happy events in the world, molding himself in their likeness. Pablo Picasso
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...why did Plato say that poets should be chased out of the republic? Precisely because every poet and every artist is an antisocial being. He's not that way because he wants to be; he can't be any other way.... and if he really is an artist it is in his nature not to want to be admitted, because if he is admitted it can only mean he is doing something which is understood, approved, and therefore old hat - worthless. Anything new, anything worth doing, can't be recognized. Pablo Picasso
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I paint the way someone bites his fingernails; for me, painting is a bad habit because I don't know nor can I do anything else. Pablo Picasso
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A good picture, any picture, has to be bristling with razor blades. Pablo Picasso
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People don't realize what they have when they own a picture by me. Each picture is a phial with my blood. That is what has gone into it. Pablo Picasso
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I don't know in advance what I am going to put on canvas any more than I decide beforehand what colours I am going to use. Pablo Picasso
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You can go to the moon or walk under the sea, or anything else you like, but painting remains painting because it eludes such investigation. It remains there like a question. And it alone gives the answer. Pablo Picasso
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If you take my sayings and explode them in the air, they remain only sayings. But if you fit them together in their correct places, you will have the whole story. Pablo Picasso
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To blossom forth, a work of art must ignore or rather forget all the rules. Pablo Picasso
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I have never had time for the idea of searching. Whenever I wanted to express something, I did so without thinking of the past or the future. Pablo Picasso
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I see for others... in order to put on canvas the sudden apparitions which come to me. Pablo Picasso
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The different styles I have been using in my art must not be seen as an evolution, or as steps towards an unknown ideal of painting. Everything I have ever made was made for the present and with the hope that it would always remain in the present. Pablo Picasso
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Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it. Pablo Picasso
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[I am] only a public entertainer, who has understood his time. Pablo Picasso
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But when I am alone, I do not have the effrontery to consider myself an artist at all, not in the grand old meaning of the word: Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt, Goya were great painters. I am only a public clown-a mountebank. I have understood my time and have exploited the imbecility, the vanity, the greed of my contemporaries. It is a bitter confession, this confession of mine, more painful than it may seem. But at least and at last it does have the merit of being honest. Pablo Picasso
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For a long time I limited myself to one colour - as a form of discipline. Pablo Picasso
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Taste is the enemy of creativeness. Pablo Picasso
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Inspiration exists, but you have to find it working. Pablo Picasso
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My whole life has been nothing more than a continuous struggle against Reaction and the death of art. Pablo Picasso
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Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird? Pablo Picasso
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Only when painting isn't painting can there be an affront to modesty. Pablo Picasso
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I'm not a developer; I am. Pablo Picasso
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You must always work not just within but below your means. If you can handle three elements, handle only two. If you can handle ten, then handle only five. In that way the ones you do handle, you handle with more ease, more mastery, and you create a feeling of strength in reserve. Pablo Picasso
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Everybody has the same energy potential. The average person wastes his in a dozen little ways. I bring mine to bear on one thing only: my paintings, and everything else is sacrificed to it...myself included. Pablo Picasso
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What does it mean for a painter to paint in the manner of So-and-So or to actually imitate someone else? What's wrong with that? On the contrary, it's a good idea. You should constantly try to paint like someone else. But the thing is, you can't! You would like to. You try. But it turns out to be a botch... And it's at the very moment you make a botch of it that you're yourself. Pablo Picasso
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Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. Pablo Picasso
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In the end there is only Matisse. Pablo Picasso
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I understand my own pictures best six months after I have done them. Pablo Picasso
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When I paint a woman in an armchair, the armchair is there to show illness and death-or as a protection. Pablo Picasso
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When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don't have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you Pablo Picasso
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When you begin a picture you often make some pretty discoveries. You must be on guard against these. Destroy the thing, do it over several times. In each destroying of a beautiful discovery, the artist does not really suppress it, but rather condenses it, makes it more substantial. What comes out in the end is the result of discarded finds. Otherwise you become your own connoisseur. Pablo Picasso
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There are chemists who spend their whole lives trying to find out what's in a lump of sugar. I want to know one thing. What is color? Pablo Picasso
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I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso
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Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter? Pablo Picasso
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Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. Pablo Picasso
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The older you get the stronger the wind gets - and it's always in your face. Pablo Picasso
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It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction. Pablo Picasso
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Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting. Pablo Picasso
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Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint. Pablo Picasso
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If I knew what the meaning of art was, I wouldn't tell you. Pablo Picasso
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Art isn't done to decorate apartments, but to wage war against the enemy. Pablo Picasso
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To me there is no past or future in art. If a work of art cannot live always in the present it must not be considered at all. The art of the Greeks, of the Egyptians, of the great painters who lived in other times, is not an art of the past, perhaps it is more alive today than it ever was. Pablo Picasso
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It's not what the artist does that counts; it's what he is. Pablo Picasso
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When I enter the studio, I leave my body at the door the way the Moslems leave their shoes when they enter the mosque, and I only allow my spirit to go in there and paint. Pablo Picasso
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Art is the best possible introduction to the culture of the world. I love it for the buried hopes, the garnered memories, the tender feelings it can summon at a touch. It washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Pablo Picasso
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Do you think it interests me that this painting represents two figures? These two figures existed, they exist no more. The sight of them gave me an initial emotion, little by little their real presence grew indistinct. They became a fiction for me, then they disappeared, or rather, were turned into problems of all kinds. For me they are no longer two figures but shapes and colours. Don't misunderstand me: shapes and colours, though, that sum up the idea of the two figures and preserve the vibration of their existence. Pablo Picasso
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Those who attempts to explain a picture are on the wrong track most of the time. Pablo Picasso
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I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn. Pablo Picasso
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