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Pablo Picasso Quotes

Posted by aa4artacademy on May 16, 2018 at 1:50 PM

Pablo Picasso quotes

“Everything you can imagine is real.”

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”


“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

“Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.”

“When I was a child my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll be the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun”


“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.”

“It takes a very long time to become young.”

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

“What do you think an artist is? ...he is a political being, constantly aware of the heart breaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.”

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”


“Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.”

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

“If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse... but surely you will see the wildness!”

“We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”


“There are only two types of women: goddesses and doormats.”

“The world doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?”

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”

“I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”


“God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.”

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

“I do not seek. I find.”

“If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.”

“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing”


“Youth has no age. ”

“We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell.”

“Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal”

“People want to find a meaning in everything and everyone. That's the disease of our age...”

“If I don't have red, I use blue.”


“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”

“When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine.”

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. ”

“Action is the foundational key to all success. ”

“He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.”


“What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.”

“Give me a museum and I'll fill it.”

“All art is erotic.”

“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.”

“Love is the greatest refreshment in life”


“Go and do the things you can't. That is how you get to do them.”

“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.”

“Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.”

“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”

“You don't make art, you find it”


“We don't grow older we grow riper.”

“Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not melt in one's bath.”

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. ”

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. ”


“What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who only has eyes, if he is a painter, or ears if he is a musician, or a lyre in every chamber of his heart if he is a poet, or even, if he is a boxer, just his muscles? Far from it: at the same time he is also a political being, constantly aware of the heartbreaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. How could it be possible to feel no interest in other people, and with a cool indifference to detach yourself from the very life which they bring to you so abundantly? No, painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.”

“Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction." ― Pablo Picasso”

“Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.”


“Anything new, anything worth doing, can't be recognized.”

“There is only one way to see things, until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes”

“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.”


“Painting is not made to decorate apartments. It's an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.

(about Guernica).”

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

“You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.”

“Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.”

“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. ”


“Painting is stronger than me, it makes me do it's bidding.”

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

“Good artists copy; great artists steal.”

“It took me a lifetime.”

“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.”


“Whatever the source of emotion that drives me to create, I want to give it a form which has some connection with the visible world, even if it is only to wage war on that world....I want my paintings to be able to defend themselves to resist the invader, just as though there were razor blades on all surfaces so no one could touch them without cutting his hands.”

“The more technique you have the less you have to worry about it. The more technique there is the less there is. ”

“Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?”

“The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.”


“Matisse makes a drawing, then he makes a copy of it. He copies it five times, ten times, always clarifying the line. He’s convinced that the last, the most stripped down, is the best, the purest, the definitive one; and in fact, most of the time, it was the first. In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt.”

“Painting it's a blind man profession. Painter is painting not what he sees but what he feels.”

“It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.”

“In art intentions are not sufficient and, as we say in Spanish, love must be proved by deeds and not by reasons. What one does is what counts and not what one had the intention of doing.”


“The fact that for a long time Cubism has not been understood and that even today there are people who cannot see anything in it means nothing. I do not read English, an English book is a blank book to me. This does not mean that the English language does not exist. Why should I blame anyone but myself if I cannot understand what I know nothing about?" -Pablo Picasso.”

“Todo lo que puedas imaginar es real.”

“On devient jeune à soixante ans. Malheureusement, c'est trop tard”

“To find is the thing.”

“I'm not a developer; I am.”


“The older you get, the stronger the wind gets — and it's always in your face.”

“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.”

“When I was a kid I drew like Michelangelo. It took me years to learn to draw like a kid.”

“When you come right down to it all you have is yourself. The sun is a thousand rays in your belly. All the rest is nothing.”

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”

“My hand tells me what I’m thinking.”


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