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No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.

No poet will ever take the written word as a substitute for the spoken word; he knows that it is on the spoken word, and the spoken word only, that his art is founded.

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.

Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.

One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.

One must do the same subject over again ten times, a hundred times. In art nothing must resemble an accident, not even movement.

One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit.

Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.

Our natures are a lot like oil, mix us with anything else, and we strive to swim on top.

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

Painting, n: the art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.

Perhaps it's good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?

Personality is everything in art and poetry.

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.

Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.


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