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michaelj72 added The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

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Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso

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It takes a long time to become young. Pablo Picasso

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Good artists copy, great artists steal Pablo Picasso

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Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up. Pablo Picasso

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michaelj72 added It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.

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michaelj72 added I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

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I paint objects as I think them not as I see them. Pablo Picasso

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michaelj72 added Love is the greatest refreshment in life.

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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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andre-sitkowski added Pablo Picasso has 12 letters in his name, there was 1 of him. His first name has 5 letters, 5 - 1 = 4. 12 / 4 = 3. Illuminati is a triangle and an eye. A triangle has 3 points, ilumintie cunfurmd.

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Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. 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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Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar. Pablo Picasso

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michaelj72 added Well, youth is the period of assumed personalities and disguises. It is the time of the sincerely insincere.

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Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. Pablo Picasso

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Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Pablo Picasso

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michaelj72 added Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.

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michaelj72 added The people no longer seek consolation in art. But the refined people, the rich, the idlers seek the new, the extraordinary, the extravagant, the scandalous.

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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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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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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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The chief enemy of creativity is good taste. 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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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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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 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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Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction. Pablo Picasso

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Matisse makes a drawing, then he makes a copy of it. He recopies 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. Pablo Picasso

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Youth has no age. Pablo Picasso

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If everybody is looking for it, then nobody is finding it. If we were cultured, we would not be conscious of lacking culture. We would regard it as something natural and would not make so much fuss about it. And if we knew the real value of this word we would be cultured enough not to give it so much importance. Pablo Picasso

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Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth. 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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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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It is your work in life that is your ultimate seduction. 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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To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic. 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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God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things. Pablo Picasso

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Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting. 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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Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. 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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I do not seek, I find. Pablo Picasso

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Sculpture is the art of the intelligence. Pablo Picasso

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Through art we express our conception of what nature is not. 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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The people who make art their business are mostly impostors. 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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Drink to me. Pablo Picasso