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I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.

I never called my work an 'art' It's part of show business, the business of building entertainment.

I paint with shapes.

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.

I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.

I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable.

I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.

I think art is the only thing that's spiritual in the world. And I refuse to forced to believe in other people's interpretations of God. I don't think anybody should be. No one person can own the copyright to what God means.

I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.

I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences.

I think most of the people involved in any art always secretly wonder whether they are really there because they're good or there because they're lucky.

I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.

I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.

I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.

If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.

If we could but paint with the hand as we see with the eye!

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.

If you don't get noticed, you don't have anything. You just have to be noticed, but the art is in getting noticed naturally, without screaming or without tricks.


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