Today we share Paul Cezanne Quotes, celebrating him in our own way :)
A puny body weakens the soul.
A thousand painters ought to be killed yearly. Say what you like: I’m every inch a painter.
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
An art which isn’t based on feeling isn’t an art at all.
Art is a harmony parallel with nature.
Don’t be an art critic. Paint. There lies salvation.
Doubtless there are things in nature which have not yet been seen. If an artist discovers them, he opens the way for his successors.
For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.
Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience.
Here, on the river’s verge, I could be busy for months without changing my place, simply leaning a little more to right or left.
I allow no one to touch me.
I am a pupil of Pissarro.
I am more a friend of art than a producer of painting.
I am the primitive of the method I have invented.
I ask you to pray for me, for once age has overtaken us, we find consolation only in religion.
I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing.
I have nothing to hide in art. The initial force alone can bring anyone to the end he must attain.
I have sworn to die painting.
I lack the magnificent richness of color that animates nature.
I must be more sensible and realize that at my age, illusions are hardly permitted and they will always destroy me.
– “A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.”
– “Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be.”
– “By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.”
– “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”
– “Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.”
– “For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still.”
– “I do not know which makes a man more conservative – to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.”
– “I work for a Government I despise for ends I think criminal.”
– “Ideas shape the course of history.”
– “If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid.”
– “In the long run we are all dead.”
– “It is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.”
– “It would not be foolish to contemplate the possibility of a far greater progress still.”
– “Like Odysseus, the President looked wiser when he was seated.”
– “Long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.”
– “Most men love money and security more, and creation and construction less, as they get older.”
– “Nothing mattered except states of mind, chiefly our own.”
– “Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.”
– “The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.”
I’m bad and I’m going to hell, and I don’t care. I’d rather be in hell than anywhere where you are.
I’m inclined to think that a military background wouldn’t hurt anyone.
If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate: The “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is worth any number of old ladies.
If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoevski, all of us.
If I were reincarnated, I’d want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.
It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died.
It’s a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can’t eat for eight hours; he can’t drink for eight hours; he can’t make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.
Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything.
Man will not merely endure; he will prevail.
Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it.
Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.
My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.
Our tragedy is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it… the basest of all things is to be afraid.
Perhaps they were right in putting love into books… Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.
Pointless… like giving caviar to an elephant.
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews.
The best job that was ever offered to me was to become a landlord in a brothel. In my opinion it’s the perfect milieu for an artist to work in.
The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.