Patience is also a form of action.

— Auguste Rodin

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Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.


To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.


The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.

Be a man before being an artist!

Auguste Rodin quote Nothing is a waste of time if you use th

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.


Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.


The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.


The work of art is already within the block of marble. I just chop off whatever isn't needed.

Auguste Rodin quote The main thing is to be moved, to love,

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.


Where shall we begin? There is no beginning.

Start where you arrive. Stop before what entices you. And work! You will enter little by little into the entirety. Method will be born in proportion to your interest.


The human body is first and foremost a mirror to the soul and its greatest beauty comes from that.


The artist enriches the soul of humanity.

The artist delights people with a thousand different shades of feeling.


I invent nothing, I rediscover.


If the artist only reproduces superficial features as photography does, if he copies the lineaments of a face exactly, without reference to character, he deserves no admiration. The resemblance which he ought to obtain is that of the soul.


The only principle in art is to copy what you see.

Dealers in aesthetics to the contrary, every other method is fatal.


About Auguste Rodin

Quotes 62 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Sculptor
Birthday October 16

I am like a moon that shines on an immense, unknown sea where ships never pass


I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.


Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump.


To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.


True artists are almost the only men who do their work for pleasure.


Man's naked form belongs to no particular moment in history;

it is eternal, and can be looked upon with joy by the people of all ages.


What is commonly called ugliness in nature can in art become full of beauty.


He who is discouraged after a failure is not a real artist.


Where did I learn to understand sculpture? In the woods by looking at the trees, along roads by observing the formation of clouds, in the studio by studying the model, everywhere except in the schools.


The nude alone is well dressed


I grant you that the artist does not see Nature as she appears to the vulgar, because his emotion reveals to him the hidden truths beneath appearances.


In front of the model I work with the same will to reproduce truth as if I were making a portrait. I do not correct nature, I incorporate myself into it; it directs me. I can only work with a model. The sight of human forms nourishes and comforts me.


As paradoxical as it may seem a great sculptor is as much a colourist as the best painter, or rather the best engraver. He plays so skillfully with all the resources of relief, he blends so well the boldness of light with the modesty of shadow, that his sculptures please one, as much as the most charming etchings.


In art, immorality cannot exist. Art is always sacred.


Inside you there's an artist you don't know about.

He's not interested in how things look different in moonlight.


Recently I have taken to isolating limbs, the torso.

Why am I blamed for it? Why is the head allowed and not portions of the body? Every part of the human figure is expressive.


How painful it is to find that my figure can be of no help to my future.

.. how painful to see it rejected on account of a slanderous suspicion!


If we now seek the spiritual significance of the technique of Michelangelo we shall find that his sculpture expressed restless energy.


Man enjoys living on the edge of his dreams and neglects the real things of the world which are so beautiful. The ignorant and indifferent destroy beautiful things merely by looking at the marble. Things that remake the soul of him who understands them.


I believe that photography can create great works of art, but hitherto it has been extraordinarily bourgeois and babbling. (1908)


The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.


I know very well that one must fight, for one is often in contradiction to the spirit of the age.


The delicate droop of the petals standing out in relief, is like the eyelid of a child.


I have unbounded admiration for the nude. I worship it like a god.


There is nothing ugly in art except that which is without character, that is to say, that which offers no outer or inner truth.


People say I think too much about women, yet, after all what is there more important to think about?


If the artist succeeds in producing the impression of a movement which takes several moments for accomplishment, his work is certainly much less conventional than the scientific image, where time is abruptly suspended.


The sculptor represents the transition from one pose to another he indicates how insensibly the first glides into the second. In his work we still see a part of what was and we discover a part of what is to be.


There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.


It is the artist who is truthful and it is photography which lies, for in reality time does not stop


Even with all the documents, you can never forge nature


There should be no argument in regard to morality in art. There is no morality in nature.


The more simple we are, the more complete we become.


Mystery is like a kind of atmosphere which bathes the greatest works of the masters.


Black is the queen of colours.


Nobody does good to men with impunity.


You must always work.

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