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Best Quotes About Portrait

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A list of the best portrait quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous portrait quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic portrait quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about portrait?" and "What are inspirational portrait quotes?"

This list includes notable portrait quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest portrait quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite portrait sayings get to the bottom of the list.
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    It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.

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    There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.

    Charles Dickens More
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    Mr. Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it.

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    Some will not recognize the truthfulness of my mirror. Let them remember that I am not here to reflect the surface... but must penetrate inside. My mirror probes down to the heart. I write words on the forehead and around the corners of the mouth. My human faces are truer than the real ones.

    Paul Klee More
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    Most of our modern portrait painters are doomed to absolute oblivion. They never paint what they see. They paint what the public sees, and the public never sees anything.

    Oscar Wilde More
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    Sir Joshua would have been glad to take her portrait; and he would have had an easier task than the historian at least in this, that he would not have had to represent the truth of change --only to give stability to one beautiful moment.

    George Eliot More
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    new! The explanation of the propensity of the English people to portrait painting is to be found in their relish for a Fact. Let a man do the grandest things, fight the greatest battles, or be distinguished by the most brilliant personal heroism, yet the English people would prefer his portrait to a painting of the great deed. The likeness they can judge of; his existence is a Fact. But the truth of the picture of his deeds they cannot judge of, for they have no imagination.

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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 More
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    He reproduced himself with so much humble objectivity, with the unquestioning, matter of fact interest of a dog who sees himself in a mirror and thinks: there's another dog.

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    I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.

    Samuel Johnson More
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