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The important thing is to create. Nothing else matters; creation is all. -- Pablo Picasso
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It is personality with a penny's worth of talent. Error which chances to rise above the commonplace. -- Pablo Picasso
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Art is not truth; art is the lie which makes us see the truth. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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I draw like other people bite their nails. -- Pablo Picasso
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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. -- Pablo Picasso
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If I like it, I say it's mine. If I don't I say it's a fake. -- Pablo Picasso
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For me painting is a dramatic action in the course of which reality finds itself split apart -- Pablo Picasso
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When we did Cubist paintings, our intention was not to produce Cubist paintings but to express what was within us. No one laid down a course of action for us, and our friends the poets followed our endeavour attentively but they never dictated it to us. -- Pablo Picasso
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Braque always said that the only thing that counts, in painting, is the intention, and it's true. What counts is what one wants to do, and not what one does. That's what's important. -- Pablo Picasso
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I want to create a cat like the real cats I see crossing the streets, not like those you see in houses. They have nothing in common. The cat of the streets has bristling fur. It runs like a fiend, and if it looks at you, you think it is going to jump in your face. -- Pablo Picasso
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Art is something subversive. It's something that should not be free. Art and liberty, like the fire of Prometheus, are things that one must steal, to be used against the established order. -- Pablo Picasso
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Why should I copy this owl, this sea urchin? Why should I try to imitate nature? I might just as well try to trace a perfect circle. -- Pablo Picasso
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Photographers, along with dentists, are the two professions never satisfied with what they do. Every dentist would like to be a doctor and inside every photographer is a painter trying to get out. -- Pablo Picasso
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When you start with a portrait and search for a pure form, a clear volume, through successive eliminations, you arrive inevitably at the egg. Likewise, starting with the egg and following the same process in reverse, one finishes with the portrait. -- Pablo Picasso
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We don't grow older we grow riper. -- Pablo Picasso
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It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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When I was a kid I drew like Michelangelo. It took me years to learn to draw like a kid. -- Pablo Picasso
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I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents. -- Pablo Picasso
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I simply painted images of what was before my eyes; it is for others to find hidden meaning in them. -- Pablo Picasso
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I would like to manage to prevent people from ever seeing how a picture of mine has been done. What can it possibly matter? What I want is that the only thing emanating from my pictures should be emotion. -- Pablo Picasso
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I am a woman. Every artist is a woman and should have a taste for other women. Artists who are homosexual cannot be true artists because they like men, and since they themselves are women they are reverting to normality. -- Pablo Picasso
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If I had known there was such a thing as Islamic Calligraphy, I would never have started to paint. I have strived to reach the highest levels of artistic mastery, but I found that Islamic Calligraphy was there ages before I was. -- Pablo Picasso
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I never calculate. That is why those who do, calculate so much less accurately than I. -- Pablo Picasso
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Only when painting isn't painting can there be an affront to modesty. -- Pablo Picasso
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We have a lot of reasons but only one real one. -- Pablo Picasso
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When I haven't any blue I use red. -- Pablo Picasso
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Whether he wants it or not, man is the instrument of nature; she imposes on him character and appearance. -- Pablo Picasso
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I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn. -- Pablo Picasso
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The Parthenon is really only a farmyard over which someone put a roof; colonades and sculptures were added because there were people in Athens who happened to be working and wanted to express themselves. -- Pablo Picasso
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Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter? -- Pablo Picasso
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They ought to put out the eyes of painters as they do goldfinches in order that they can sing better. -- Pablo Picasso
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Action is the fundamental key to success. -- Pablo Picasso
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[In developing your potential] ... I don't develop; I am -- Pablo Picasso
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It takes a long time to grow young. -- Pablo Picasso
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Art is a lie that makes us realise truth ... that is given us to understand. -- Pablo Picasso
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From the point of view of art, there are no concrete or abstract forms, but only forms which are more or less convincing lies. -- Pablo Picasso
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I am exhausted if I don't work. -- Pablo Picasso
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Cubism is not a reality you can take in your hand. It's more like a perfume, in front of you, behind you, to the sides, the scent is everywhere but you don't quite know where it comes from. -- Pablo Picasso
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You have to know how to be vulgar. Paint with four-letter words. -- Pablo Picasso
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The path to youth takes a lifetime. -- Pablo Picasso
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You mustn't expect me to repeat myself. My past doesn't interest me. I would rather copy others than copy myself. In that way I should at least be giving them something new. I love discovering things. -- Pablo Picasso
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I'm a joker who has understood his epoch and has extracted all he possibly could from the stupidity, greed and vanity of his contemporaries. -- Pablo Picasso
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It's a poor artist who borrows
a good artist steals. -- Pablo Picasso
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It's always necessary to seek for perfection. Obviously, for us, this word no longer has the same meaning. To me, it means: from one canvas to the next, always go further, further ... -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. -- Pablo Picasso
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I understand my own pictures best six months after I have done them. -- Pablo Picasso
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Two of the most frustrated trades are dentists and photographers - dentists because they want to be doctors, and photographers because they want to be painters. -- Pablo Picasso
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I paint what I think, not what I see. -- Pablo Picasso
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Music and art are the guiding lights of the world. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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If you give a meaning to certain things in my paintings it may be very true, but it is not my idea to give this meaning. What ideas and conclusions you have got I obtained too, but instinctively, unconsciously. I make the painting for the painting. I paint the objects for what they are. -- Pablo Picasso
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We're constantly moving dust from one place to another, only to have it replaced by more dust - entropy always wins. -- Pablo Picasso
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People don't realize what they have when they own a picture by me. Each picture is a phial with my blood. That is what has gone into it. -- Pablo Picasso
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If I spit, they will take my spit and frame it as great art. -- Pablo Picasso
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The secret of many of my deformations - which many people do not understand - is that there is an interaction, an intereffect between the lines in a painting: one line attracts the other and at the point of maximum attraction the lines curve in toward the attracting point and form is altered. -- Pablo Picasso
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Good taste is the enemy of creativity. -- Pablo Picasso
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Abstract art is only painting. And what's so dramatic about that? There is no abstract art. One must always begin with something. Afterwards one can remove all semblance of reality; there is no longer any danger as the idea of the object has left an indelible imprint. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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So there's only one tactic for the state: kill the seers. -- Pablo Picasso
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Good designers copy; great designers steal. -- Pablo Picasso
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Critics, mathematicians, scientists and busybodies want to classify everything, marking the boundaries and limits ... In art, there is room for all possibilities. -- Pablo Picasso
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Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. -- Pablo Picasso
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I am a communist and my painting is a communist painting. But if I were a shoemaker, Royalist or Communist or anything else, I would not necessarily hammer my shoes in any special way to show my politics. -- Pablo Picasso
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Almost every evening, either I went to [Georges] Braque's studio or Braque came to mine. Each of us had to see what the other had done during the day. We criticized each other's work. A canvas wasn't finished unless both of us felt it was. -- Pablo Picasso
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Art is lies that tell the truth. -- Pablo Picasso
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You see these thick curtains shut out the daylight: artificial light suits me a great deal better; it's absolutely steady, and much more exciting. -- Pablo Picasso
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Every time I change wives I should burn the last one. That way I'd be rid of them. They wouldn't be around to complicate my existence. Maybe, that would bring back my youth, too. You kill the woman and you wipe out the past she represents. -- Pablo Picasso
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I have had no true friends, only lovers. -- Pablo Picasso
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You must always work not just within but below your means. If you can handle three elements, handle only two. If you can handle ten, then handle only five. In that way the ones you do handle, you handle with more ease, more mastery, and you create a feeling of strength in reserve. -- Pablo Picasso
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All Children are Artists -- Pablo Picasso
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The first half of life is learning to be an adult-the second half is learning to be a child. -- Pablo Picasso
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The chief enemy of creativity is good sense. -- Pablo Picasso
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As an artist, all I need is my paints and brushes - and someone to drag me away when the canvas is done -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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I have always believed and still believe that artists who live and work with spiritual values cannot and should not remain indifferent to the conflict in which the highest values of humanity and civilization are at stake. -- Pablo Picasso
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The older you get the stronger the wind gets - and it's always in your face. -- Pablo Picasso
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Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things. -- Pablo Picasso
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For those who know how to read, I have painted my autobiography -- Pablo Picasso
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If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes. -- Pablo Picasso
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When you see what you express through photography, you realize all the things that can no longer be the objectives of painting. Why should an artist persist in treating subjects that can be established so clearly with the lens of a camera? -- Pablo Picasso
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You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea. -- Pablo Picasso
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If I paint a hammer and sickle people may think it is a representation of Communism, but for me it is only a hammer and sickle. I just want to reproduce the objects for what they are, not for what they mean. -- Pablo Picasso
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Reality is to be found in lightness and darkness. -- Pablo Picasso
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For being a bad student I was banished to the 'calaboose' - a bare cell with whitewashed walls and a bench to sit on. I liked it there, because I took along a sketch pad and drew incessantly I could have stayed there forever drawing without stopping -- Pablo Picasso
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When we discovered cubism, we did not have the aim of discovering cubism. We only wanted to express what was in us. -- Pablo Picasso
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When one starts from a portrait and seeks by successive eliminations to find pure form ... one inevitably ends up with an egg. -- Pablo Picasso
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You can't escape your own period. Whether you take sides for or against, you're always in it. -- Pablo Picasso
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If you take my sayings and explode them in the air, they remain only sayings. But if you fit them together in their correct places, you will have the whole story. -- Pablo Picasso
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The purpose of Art is to create enthusiasm. -- Pablo Picasso
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One must act in painting as in life, directly. -- Pablo Picasso
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What might be taken for a precocious genius is the genius of childhood. When the child grows up, it disappears without a trace. It may happen that this boy will become a real painter some day, or even a great painter. But then he will have to begin everything again, from zero. -- Pablo Picasso
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A plagiarist steals from one person. A true artist steals from everybody. -- Pablo Picasso
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Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso
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Variation does not mean evolution. If an artist varies his mode of expression this only means that he has changed his manner of thinking, and in changing, it might be for the better or it might be for the worse. -- Pablo Picasso
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The goal I proposed myself in making cubism? To paint and nothing more ... with a method linked only to my thought ... Neither the good nor the true; neither the useful nor the useless. -- Pablo Picasso
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You mustn't always believe what I say. Questions tempt you to tell lies, particularly when there is no answer. -- Pablo Picasso
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Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it. -- Pablo Picasso
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What I find horrible nowadays is that people are always trying to find a personality for themselves. Nobody bothers about what you might call a painter's ideal ... the kind that's always existed ... No. They couldn't care less about that. -- Pablo Picasso
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When you are young and without success, you have only a few friends. Then, later on, when you are rich and famous, you still have a few ... if you are lucky. -- Pablo Picasso
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What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas. -- Pablo Picasso
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When I am told I am too old to do something, I try to do it right away. -- Pablo Picasso
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How often have I found that wanting to use blue, I didn't have it so I used a red instead of the blue. -- Pablo Picasso
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I see for others ... in order to put on canvas the sudden apparitions which come to me. -- Pablo Picasso
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Art is not chaste. Those ill prepared should be allowed no contact with art. Art is dangerous. If it is chaste, it is not art. -- Pablo Picasso
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Painting isn't a question of sensibility; it's a matter of seizing the power, taking over from nature, not expecting her to supply you with information and good advice. -- Pablo Picasso
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They'll sell you thousands of greens. Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like; but that particular green, never. -- Pablo Picasso
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To me there is no past or future in my art. If a work of art cannot live always in the present it must not be considered at all. The art of the Greeks, of the Egyptians, of the great painters who lived in other times, is not an art of the past; perhaps it is more alive today than it ever was ... -- Pablo Picasso
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To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic. -- Pablo Picasso
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What I achieve the first day can be perfectly valid, but it is not satisfying. If I can go that far spontaneously, then I must shed that result as an old skin and inquire further into the unknown, or at least the not-yet-known-to-myself. -- Pablo Picasso
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Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal -- Pablo Picasso
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Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility. -- Pablo Picasso
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Today, as you know, I am famous and very rich. But when I am alone with myself, I haven't the 'courage' to consider myself an artist, in the great and ancient sense of that word ... I am only a public entertainer, who understands his age. -- Pablo Picasso
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Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it? -- Pablo Picasso
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Academic training in beauty is a sham. We have been so deceived, but so well deceived that we can scarcely get back even a shadow of the truth. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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Nature does many things the way I do, but she hides them! -- Pablo Picasso
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It would be very interesting to preserve photographically not the stages, but the metamorphoses of a picture. Possibly one might then discover the path followed by the brain in materializing a dream. -- Pablo Picasso
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I want to live like a poor man with lots of money. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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The more technique you have the less you have to worry about it. The more technique there is the less there is. -- Pablo Picasso
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I am a Communist and my painting is Communist painting. -- Pablo Picasso
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Beauty? To me it is a word without sense because I do not know where its meaning comes from nor where it leads to. -- Pablo Picasso
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It means nothing to me. I have no opinion about it, and I don't care. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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My hand tells me what I'm thinking. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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The different styles I have been using in my art must not be seen as an evolution, or as steps towards an unknown ideal of painting. Everything I have ever made was made for the present and with the hope that it would always remain in the present. -- Pablo Picasso
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My whole life has been nothing more than a continuous struggle against Reaction and the death of art. -- Pablo Picasso
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I don't own any of my own paintings because a Picasso original costs several thousand dollars and that's a luxury I cannot afford. -- Pablo Picasso
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Something sacred, that's it. We ought to be able to say that such and such a painting is as it is, with its capacity for power, because it is "touched by God." -- Pablo Picasso
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There are more copies than originals among people. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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The only pictorial matter that is of interest to me is the matter and sentiments brought about by the work itself. -- Pablo Picasso
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When they say that I am too old to make a thing, I try to make it immediately. -- Pablo Picasso
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Style is besides the point. Nobody would pay attention if one always said the same thing, in the same words and the same tone of voice. -- Pablo Picasso
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I deal with painting as I deal with things, I paint a window just as I look out of a window. If an open window looks wrong in a picture, I draw the curtain and shut it, just as I would in my own room. In painting, as in life, you must act directly. -- Pablo Picasso
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Give me a museum and I'll fill it. -- Pablo Picasso
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I don't know in advance what I am going to put on canvas any more than I decide beforehand what colours I am going to use. -- Pablo Picasso
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A picture lives by its legend - not by anything else. -- Pablo Picasso
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If you can imagine it ... it is real -- Pablo Picasso
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All art is subversive. -- Pablo Picasso
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I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money. -- Pablo Picasso
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I must keep on trying, just to keep the experiment going until I get tired of it all. Even if the last result is not necessarily the best, I stop when my interest in the problem wanes. -- Pablo Picasso
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You can go to the moon or walk under the sea, or anything else you like, but painting remains painting because it eludes such investigation. It remains there like a question. And it alone gives the answer. -- Pablo Picasso
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What is a face really? It's own photo? It's makeup? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter? That which is in front? Inside? Behind? And the rest? Doesn't everyone look at himself in his own particular way? Deformations simply do not exist. -- Pablo Picasso
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When I work I relax; doing nothing or entertaining visitors makes me tired. -- Pablo Picasso
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The painter goes through states of fullness and evaluation. That is the whole secret of art. -- Pablo Picasso
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We now know that Art is not the truth ... but rather a way of approaching the truth. -- Pablo Picasso
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It isn't up to the painter to define the symbols. Otherwise it would be better if he wrote them out in so many words! The public who look at the picture must interpret the symbols as they understand them. -- Pablo Picasso
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It's not what the artist does that counts; it's what he is. -- Pablo Picasso
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Bad artists copy. Good artists steal. -- Pablo Picasso
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I like all paintings. I always look at the paintings, good or bad, in barbershops, furniture stores, provincial hotels. I'm like a drinker who needs wine. As long as it is wine, it doesn't matter which wine. -- Pablo Picasso
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One starts to get young at the age of sixty and then it is too late. -- Pablo Picasso
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When you're really young, you're young for life. -- Pablo Picasso
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I have a horror of people who speak about the beautiful. What is the beautiful? One must speak of problems in painting! -- Pablo Picasso
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If I knew what the meaning of art was, I wouldn't tell you. -- Pablo Picasso
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Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. -- Pablo Picasso
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Let them understand above all that the artist works from necessity; that he, too, is a minute element of the world to whom one should ascribe no more importance than so many things in nature which charm us but which we do not explain to ourselves. -- Pablo Picasso
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Paintings are but research and experiment. I never do a painting as a work of art. All of them are researches. I search constantly and there is a logical sequence in all this research. -- Pablo Picasso
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I paint the way some people write an autobiography. The paintings, finished or not, are the pages from my diary. -- Pablo Picasso
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The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. -- Pablo Picasso
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I consider a work of art as a product of calculations, calculations that are frequently unknown to the author himself. -- Pablo Picasso
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All human beings are born with the same creative potential. Most people squander theirs away on a million superfluous things. I expend mine on one thing and one thing only: my art. -- Pablo Picasso
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This idea of art for art's sake is a hoax. -- Pablo Picasso
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A painter is a man who paints what he sells; an artist, on the other hand, is a man who sells what he paints. -- Pablo Picasso
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When I paint I feel that all the artists of the past are behind me. -- Pablo Picasso
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In life you throw a ball. You hope it will reach a wall and bounce back so you can throw it again. You hope your friends will provide that wall. -- Pablo Picasso
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When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don't have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you -- Pablo Picasso
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Each time I undertake to paint a picture I have a sensation of leaping into space. I never know whether I shall fall on my feet. It is only later that I begin to estimate more exactly the the effect of my work. -- Pablo Picasso
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Imitators? All right! Disciples if you like. But disciples be damned. It's not interesting. -- Pablo Picasso
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You have to start somewhere. You can always erase reality later on. -- Pablo Picasso
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The earth doesn't have a housekeeper to do the dusting. -- Pablo Picasso
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When I am finished painting, I paint again for relaxation. -- Pablo Picasso
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Computers are stupid. -- Pablo Picasso
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Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. -- Pablo Picasso
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An artist must be very careful not to look for models. As soon as one artist takes another as model, he is lost. There is no other point of departure than reality. -- Pablo Picasso
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One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite - that particular peach is but a detail. -- Pablo Picasso
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A piece of space-dust falls on your head once every day ... With every breath, we inhale a bit of the story of our universe, our planet's past and future, the smells and stories of the world around us, even the seeds of life. -- Pablo Picasso
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If there were only one truth, you couldn't paint a hundred canvases on the same theme. -- Pablo Picasso
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The people who make art their business are mostly imposters. -- Pablo Picasso
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I who have been involved with all styles of painting can assure you that the only things that fluctuate are the waves of fashion which carry the snobs and speculators; the number of true connoisseurs remains more or less the same. -- Pablo Picasso
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If there is something to steal, I steal it. -- Pablo Picasso
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Sculpture is the art of the intelligence. -- Pablo Picasso
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Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting. -- Pablo Picasso
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I have never had time for the idea of searching. Whenever I wanted to express something, I did so without thinking of the past or the future. -- Pablo Picasso
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It is important to remember that great things have no fear of time. We've got to let go of the idea that what we want to manifest has to be done on our time schedule. -- Pablo Picasso
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Is there anything more dangerous than sympathetic understanding? -- Pablo Picasso
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I don't work from nature, I work like nature. -- Pablo Picasso
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Love must be proven by facts and not by reasons. -- Pablo Picasso
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He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. -- Pablo Picasso
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A painting only lives in the eye of the beholder -- Pablo Picasso
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A good picture, any picture, has to be bristling with razor blades. -- Pablo Picasso
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I hate that aesthetic game of the eye and the mind, played by these connoisseurs, these mandarins who "appreciate" beauty. What is beauty, anyway? There's no such thing. I never "appreciate," any more than I "like." I love it or I hate. -- Pablo Picasso
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Painting is stronger than me, it makes me do it's bidding. -- Pablo Picasso
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Paradise is to love many things with a passion. -- Pablo Picasso
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Forcing yourself to use restricted means is the sort of restraint that liberates invention. It obliges you to make a kind of progress that you can't even imagine in advance. -- Pablo Picasso
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Drink to me. Drink to my health. You know I can't drink any more. -- Pablo Picasso
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If you know exactly what you're going to do, what's the good in doing
it? -- Pablo Picasso
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When German soldiers used to come to my studio and look at my pictures of Guernica, they'd ask 'Did you do this?'. And I'd say, 'No, you did.' -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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To be young, really young, takes a very long time. -- Pablo Picasso
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If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse ... but surely you will see the wildness! -- Pablo Picasso
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I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. -- Pablo Picasso
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Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen. -- Pablo Picasso
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Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone -- Pablo Picasso
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To know what you're going to draw, you have to begin drawing. -- Pablo Picasso
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Drawing is a kind of hypnotism: one looks in such a way at the model, that he comes and takes a seat on the paper. -- Pablo Picasso
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The trouble is, we've been taught what to see and how to render what we see. If only we could be in the position of those men who did those wonderful drawings in Lascaux and Altimira! -- Pablo Picasso
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Rhythm is a perception of time ... when drawing, the tiredness of the hand is a rhythm. -- Pablo Picasso
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I have never made radically different experiments. Whenever I wanted to say something, I said it the way I believed I should. -- Pablo Picasso
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It takes a long time to become young. -- Pablo Picasso
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Action is the foundation of all success. -- Pablo Picasso
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The world doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? -- Pablo Picasso
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If I don't have red, I use blue. -- Pablo Picasso
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If you don't know what color to take, take black ... -- Pablo Picasso
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Action is the foundational key to all success. -- Pablo Picasso
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Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. -- Pablo Picasso
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I'm not a developer; I am. -- Pablo Picasso
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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. -- Pablo Picasso
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It took me a lifetime. -- Pablo Picasso
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To model an object is to possess it. -- Pablo Picasso
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I put in my pictures everything I like. So much the worse for the things - they have to get along with one another. -- Pablo Picasso
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If I could say this I wouldn't have to paint. -- Pablo Picasso
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Art is a lie that reveals the truth. -- Pablo Picasso
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Painting is a jeu d'esprit. -- Pablo Picasso
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The right to free expression is something one seizes, not something one is given ... if it does exist, it exists to be used against the established order ... There is absolute opposition between the artist and the state. -- Pablo Picasso
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As far as I am concerned, a painting speaks for itself. What is the use of giving explanations, when all is said and done? A painter has only one language. -- Pablo Picasso
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For me, there are two kinds of women - goddesses and doormats. -- Pablo Picasso
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When I enter the studio, I leave my body at the door the way the Moslems leave their shoes when they enter the mosque, and I only allow my spirit to go in there and paint. -- Pablo Picasso
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Titian, Rembrandt and Goya were the great painters. I am only a public clown. -- Pablo Picasso
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It is the object which aroused the artist, stimulated his ideas and set of his emotions. These ideas and emotions will be imprisoned in his work for good. -- Pablo Picasso
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Painting is not made to decorate apartments. It's an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.
(about Guernica). -- Pablo Picasso
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The connoisseur of painting gives only bad advice to the painter. For that reason I have given up trying to judge myself. -- Pablo Picasso
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Art is a leap into the dark. -- Pablo Picasso
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There's no such thing as a bad Picasso, but some are less good than others. -- Pablo Picasso
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All things considered, there is only Matisse. -- Pablo Picasso
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The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. -- Pablo Picasso
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Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. -- Pablo Picasso
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No doubt, it is useful for an artist to know all the forms of art which have preceded or which accompany his. That is a sign of strength if it is a question of looking for a stimulus or recognizing mistakes he must avoid. -- Pablo Picasso
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I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. -- Pablo Picasso
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There is only one way to see things, until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes -- Pablo Picasso
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Go and do the things you can't. That is how you get to do them. -- Pablo Picasso
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We can see the light but we are still inside the tunnel, ... We have not been able to get to all the communities. -- Pablo Picasso
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It takes a very long time to become young. -- Pablo Picasso
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You don't make art, you find it -- Pablo Picasso
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In the end there is only Matisse. -- Pablo Picasso
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There are only two types of women: goddesses and doormats. -- Pablo Picasso
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Learn the rules like a professional, so you can break them like an artist. -- Pablo Picasso
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Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird? -- Pablo Picasso
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I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them. -- Pablo Picasso
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People want Art. And they are given it. But the less Art there is in painting the more painting there is. -- Pablo Picasso
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Never copy yourself, always copy someone else. -- Pablo Picasso
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Art sweeps the everyday dust from your soul. -- Pablo Picasso
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Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. -- Pablo Picasso
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What I want is that my picture should evoke nothing but emotion. -- Pablo Picasso
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Inspiration exists, but you have to find it working. -- Pablo Picasso
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Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. -- Pablo Picasso
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The quality of a painter depends on the amount of past he carries with him. -- Pablo Picasso
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If everyone would paint, political re-education would be unnecessary. -- Pablo Picasso
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Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. -- Pablo Picasso
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For my part, I can't do anything else but what I am doing. -- Pablo Picasso
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There's nothing so similar to one poodle dog as another poodle dog, and that goes for women, too. -- Pablo Picasso
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To arrive at abstraction, it is always necessary to begin with a concrete reality. -- Pablo Picasso
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Inspiration existis, but it has to find us working. -- Pablo Picasso
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You're either a goddess ... or a doormat. -- Pablo Picasso
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Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. -- Pablo Picasso
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Why assume that to look is to see? -- Pablo Picasso
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I don't seek, I find. -- Pablo Picasso
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Motivation is in the world around us. We have an infinite amount of material at our disposal, in the lives of those we meet, in what we see and feel, in what we discuss and from the passion of every woman. -- Pablo Picasso
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Style is often something which locks the painter into the same vision, the same technique, the same formula during years and years, sometimes during one's whole lifetime. -- Pablo Picasso
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Those who attempts to explain a picture are on the wrong track most of the time. -- Pablo Picasso
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We have learned nothing in twelve thousand years. (Upon exiting the Lascaux cave, France) -- Pablo Picasso
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No, painting is not interior decoration. It is an instrument of war for attack and defense against the enemy. -- Pablo Picasso
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I do not seek. I find. -- Pablo Picasso
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Museums are just a lot of lies, and the people who make art their business are mostly imposters. We have infected the pictures in museums with all our stupidities, all our mistakes, all our poverty of spirit. We have turned them into petty and ridiculous things. -- Pablo Picasso
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The artist spends the first part of his life with the dead, the second with the living, and the third with himself. -- Pablo Picasso
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There are chemists who spend their whole lives trying to find out what's in a lump of sugar. I want to know one thing. What is color? -- Pablo Picasso
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Those trying to explain pictures are as a rule completely mistaken. -- Pablo Picasso
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You can't run a without taking risks. -- Pablo Picasso
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And fame, for a painter means sales, gains, fortune, riches. And today, as you know, I am celebrated. I am rich. -- Pablo Picasso
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When I die, it will be a shipwreck, and as when a huge ship sinks, many people all around will be sucked down with it. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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When you start with a portrait and try to find pure form by abstracting more and more, you must end up with an egg. -- Pablo Picasso
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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 -- Pablo Picasso
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To me there is no past or future in art. If a work of art cannot live always in the present it must not be considered at all. The art of the Greeks, of the Egyptians, of the great painters who lived in other times, is not an art of the past; perhaps it is more alive today that it ever was. -- Pablo Picasso
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A painting is not thought out in advance. While it is being done, it changes as one's thoughts change. And when it's finished, it goes on changing, according to the state of mind of whoever is looking at it -- Pablo Picasso
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Art isn't done to decorate apartments, but to wage war against the enemy. -- Pablo Picasso
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I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. -- Pablo Picasso
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Age only matters when one is aging. Now that I have arrived at a great age, I might as well be twenty. -- Pablo Picasso
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Imagination is real. -- Pablo Picasso
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I paint the way someone bites his fingernails; for me, painting is a bad habit because I don't know nor can I do anything else. -- Pablo Picasso
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I would like to live like a poor person with a lot of money. -- Pablo Picasso
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Everything we can dream can be real. -- Pablo Picasso
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Without great solitude, no serious work is possible. -- Pablo Picasso
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What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing. -- Pablo Picasso
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There's nothing worse than a brilliant beginning. -- Pablo Picasso
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A painter paints to unload himself of feelings and visions. -- Pablo Picasso
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Whatever is most abstract may perhaps be the summit of reality. -- Pablo Picasso
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I try to paint what I have found and not what I look for. In art, intentions are of little importance. -- Pablo Picasso
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I am only a public entertainer who understands his time. -- Pablo Picasso
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Don't waste your youth growing up. -- Pablo Picasso
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What a trade! Poor painters! They always wish to be understood, and they are analysed instead. -- Pablo Picasso
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You cannot go against nature. She is stronger than the strongest of men. We can permit ourselves some liberties, but in details only. -- Pablo Picasso
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For a long time I limited myself to one colour - as a form of discipline. -- Pablo Picasso
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The revolutionary artist does not only focus on the negative aspects of capitalist lives, but also creates visions of a revolutionary future. -- Pablo Picasso
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Disciples be damned. It's not interesting. It's only the masters that matter. Those who create. -- Pablo Picasso
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They are not men, they are not women, they are Americans. -- Pablo Picasso
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I am always making that what I am not capable, in an attempt to learn how to doing it. -- Pablo Picasso
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In every photographer there was a painter, a true artist, awaiting expression. -- Pablo Picasso
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I imitate everyone except myself. -- Pablo Picasso
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People want to find a meaning in everything and everyone. That's the disease of our age ... -- Pablo Picasso
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Youth has no age. -- Pablo Picasso
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Art is an instrument in the war against the enemy. -- Pablo Picasso
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Every positive value has its price in negative terms ... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. -- Pablo Picasso
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Through art we express our conception of what nature is not. -- Pablo Picasso
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When I paint a woman in an armchair, the armchair is there to show illness and death-or as a protection. -- Pablo Picasso
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In art, practice always comes before theory. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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It is not what an artist does that counts ... but what he is. -- Pablo Picasso
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In art, there is neither past nor future. The art that is not in the present will never be. -- Pablo Picasso
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Love is the greatest refreshment in life -- Pablo Picasso
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Sex and art are the same thing. -- Pablo Picasso
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Painting isn't an aesthetic operation; it's a form of magic designed as mediator between this strange hostile world and us. -- Pablo Picasso
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Painting isn't made for the decoration of apartments; it is a weapon to be used offensively and defensively against the enemy. -- Pablo Picasso
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Enough of Art. It's Art that kills us. People no longer want to do painting: they make art. -- Pablo Picasso
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If you're stuck in a painting, then stop and draw something else. Draw a flower and put your love into that flower. Then your powers will come back again. -- Pablo Picasso
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To find is the thing. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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To make oneself hated is more difficult than to make oneself loved. -- Pablo Picasso
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When the individuality of the artist begins to express itself, what the artist gains in the way of liberty he loses in the way of order. -- Pablo Picasso
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I want to get to the stage where nobody can tell how a picture of mine is done. What's the point of that? Simply that I want nothing but emotion given off by it. -- Pablo Picasso
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If you have five elements available use only four. If you have four elements use three. -- Pablo Picasso
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One cannot be a sorcerer all the time. How could one live? -- Pablo Picasso
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I don't develop; I am. -- Pablo Picasso
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All children paint like geniuses. What do we do to them that so quickly dulls this ability? -- Pablo Picasso
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If one knows exactly what is going to be done, why do it? -- Pablo Picasso
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Even if the painting is green, well then! The 'subject' is the green. There is always a subject; it's a joke to suppress the subject, it's impossible. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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I work with few colors, what creates the illusion of quantity is that they fell in the right place. -- Pablo Picasso
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If you are trying to find something, it means you haven't got it. And if you find it simply by looking for it, that means it's false. -- Pablo Picasso
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Work is a necessity for man. Man invented the alarm clock. -- Pablo Picasso
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People who read are people who dream. -- Pablo Picasso
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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. -- Pablo Picasso
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Now there is fame! Of all - hunger, misery, the incomprehension by the public - fame is by far the worst. It is the castigation of God by the artist. It is sad. It is true. -- Pablo Picasso
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Manifesting takes place from Spirit. It doesn't take place from form, from the physical world. You've got to know that what you want to manifest will occur. -- Pablo Picasso
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There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. -- Pablo Picasso
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We are all born children- the trick is remaining one. -- Pablo Picasso
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Everything exists in limited quantity - especially happiness. -- Pablo Picasso
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Art is a finger up the bourgeoisie ass. -- Pablo Picasso
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That inspiration comes, does not depend on me. The only thing I can do is make sure it catches me working. -- Pablo Picasso
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When it comes right down to it, all you have is your self. Your Self is a sun with a thousand rays ... -- Pablo Picasso
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It is a well-known fact that we see the faults in other's works more readily than we do in our own. -- Pablo Picasso
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An artist must forget painting when he paints. That's the only way he will do original work. -- Pablo Picasso
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One never knows what one is going to do. One starts a painting and then it becomes something quite different. -- Pablo Picasso
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Basically the French are all peasants. -- Pablo Picasso
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Painting it's a blind man profession. Painter is painting not what he sees but what he feels. -- Pablo Picasso
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I do things I don't know how to do in order to learn how to do them. -- Pablo Picasso
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If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a minotaur. -- Pablo Picasso
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Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness. -- Pablo Picasso
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Unless your work gives you trouble, it is no good. -- Pablo Picasso
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The essential in this time of moral poverty is to create enthusiasm. -- Pablo Picasso
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Nothing can be done without solitude. I've created my own solitude which nobody suspects -- Pablo Picasso
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Lord, protect me from what I want! -- Pablo Picasso
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Some painters turn a yellow dot into the sun, others turn the sun into a yellow dot. -- Pablo Picasso
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While I am working I am not conscious of what I am putting on the canvas. -- Pablo Picasso
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Because I cannot work except in solitude, it is necessary that I live my work and that is impossible except in solitude. -- Pablo Picasso
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I do not evolve, I AM. -- Pablo Picasso
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We have learned nothing. -- Pablo Picasso
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There ought to be an absolute dictatorship ... a dictatorship of painters ... a dictatorship of one painter ... to suppress all those who have betrayed us ... -- Pablo Picasso
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An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought -- Pablo Picasso