Famous Quotes By Pablo Picasso


  1. Action is the foundational key to all success.
  2. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
  3. Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
  4. Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.
  5. Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.
  6. Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
  7. Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
  8. Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.
  9. 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.
  10. Good artists copy, great artists steal.
  11. I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
  12. I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.
  13. I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
  14. I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.
  15. If there were only one truth, you couldn't paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.
  16. It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.
  17. It takes a long time to become young.
  18. Love is the greatest refreshment in life.
  19. My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
  20. Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.
  21. Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.
  22. Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
  23. Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.
  24. Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting.
  25. Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
  26. Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.
  27. 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.
  28. The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense.
  29. The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.
  30. The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
  31. There are only two types of women - goddesses and doormats.
  32. There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
  33. To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.
  34. We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand.
  35. We must not discriminate between things. Where things are concerned there are no class distinctions. We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it.
  36. Work is a necessity for man. Man invented the alarm clock.
  37. Youth has no age.

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