20th-century Artist Quotes
I like church. It's empty when I go. I walk around. There are so many beautiful Catholic churches in New York.
To be a surrealist... means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.
A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph, it is an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
On his 1985 book, In The American West
Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.
New skin, a new land! And a land of liberty, if that is possible! I chose the geology of a land that was new to me.
Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked.
There are hurts so deep that one cannot reach them or heal them with words.
A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there – even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.
I'm hoping to make a new thing for the world that remains in the mind like a new species of living thing.
It is what it is, and it ain't nothin' else... Everything is clearly, openly, plainly delivered.
When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I'd like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.
The painting develops before my eyes, unfolding its surprises as it progresses. It is this which gives me the sense of complete liberty, and for this reason I am incapable of forming a plan or making a sketch beforehand.
Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.
The figure is still the only thing I have faith in in terms of how much emotion it's charged with and how much subject matter is there.
Become one with eternity.
Become part of your environment.
Take off your clothes.
Forget yourself. Make love.
Self-destruction is the only
way to peace.
One of the ongoing themes in my work, I hope, and one of the things I believe in, is a sense of human nature, a sense of shared humanity above the cultural layers we place on ourselves [which don't] mean that much compared to the human experience.
I strive to express the spiritual nature of the Universe. Painting for me is a dynamic balance and wholeness of life; it is mysterious and transcending, yet solid and real.
The photographer is the contemporary being par excellence; through his eyes the now becomes the past.
I know that I am one with beauty and that my comrades are one. Let our souls be mountains, Let our spirits be stars, Let our hearts be worlds.
Good ideas have no value because the world already has too many of them. The market rewards execution, not ideas.
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To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.
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Philip James Bailey
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