Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.

I am always doing things I can't do. That is how I get to do them.

Art is theft.

Is there anything more dangerous than sympathetic understanding?

I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else.

The more technique you have, the less you have to worry about it. The more technique there is, the less there is.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a minotaur.

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.

I do not seek. I find.

Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not melt in one's bath.

I do not evolve, I AM.

It takes a long time to grow young.

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar.

How is it possible to be uninterested in other men and by virtue of what cold nonchalance can you detach yourself from the life that they supply so copiously?

Sex and art are the same thing.

One must act in painting as in life, directly.

I'm always doing things I can't do. That's how I get to do them.

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.

We don't grow older, we grow riper.

To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.

Work is a necessity for man. Man invented the alarm clock.

Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting.

Go and do the things you can't. That is how you get to do them.

What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.

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.

It took me a lifetime.

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.

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

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.

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.

You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.

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.

The world doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?

People want to find a meaning in everything and everyone. That's the disease of our age...

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.

Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?

It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.

You have to know how to be vulgar. Paint with four-letter words.

Art is a lie that reveals the truth.

It means nothing to me. I have no opinion about it, and I don't care.

Beauty? To me it is a word without sense because I do not know where its meaning comes from nor where it leads to.

We have learned nothing in twelve thousand years.

Good artists copy; great artists steal.

I'd like to live like a poor man – only with lots of money.