Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.

— Georgia O'Keeffe

The most empowering Georgia O'Keeffe quotes that will add value to your life

The men liked to put me down as the best woman painter. I think I'm one of the best painters.

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I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.

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I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.

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Georgia O'Keeffe quote I've been absolutely terrified every mom

I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.

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I think it's so foolish for people to want to be happy.

Happy is so momentary--you're happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.

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I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.

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If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for a moment.

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Georgia O'Keeffe quote I found that I could say things with col

I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - thing I had no words for.

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Someone else's vision will never be as good as your own vision of your self.

Live and die with it 'cause in the end it's all you have. Lose it and you lose yourself and everything else. I should have listened to myself.

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Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time.

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When people read erotic symbols into my painting, they're really thinking about their own affairs.

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To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.

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Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant.

It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.

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When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.

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About Georgia O'Keeffe

Quotes 136 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Artist
Birthday October 16

It's not enough to be nice in life. You've got to have nerve.

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Making your unknown known is the important thing - and keeping the unknown always beyond you - catching - crystalizing your simpler clearer vision of life - only to see it turn stale compared to what you vaguely feel ahead - that you must always keep working to grasp.

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Dearest - my body is simply crazy with wanting you - If you don't come tomorrow - I don't see how I can wait for you - I wonder if your body wants mine the way mine wants yours - the kisses - the hotness - the wetness - all melting together - the being held so tight that it hurts - the strangle and the struggle.

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It was in the 1920s, when nobody had time to reflect, that I saw a still-life painting with a flower that was perfectly exquisite, but so small you really could not appreciate it.

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A week ago it was the mountains I thought the most wonderful, and today it's the plains. I guess it's the feeling of bigness in both that carries me away.

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Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.

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One works because I suppose it is the most interesting thing one knows to do.

The days one works are the best days. On the other days one is hurrying through the other things one imagines one has to do to keep one's life going.

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Color is one of the great things in the world that makes life worth living to me and as I have come to think of painting it is my efforts to create an equivalent with paint color for the world, life as I see it.

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Sun-bleached bones were most wonderful against the blue - that blue that will always be there as it is now after all man's destruction is finished.

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I realized that I had things in my head not like what I had been taught - not like what I had seen - shapes and ideas so familiar to me that it hadn't occurred to me to put them down. I decided to stop painting, to put away everything I had done, and to start to say the things that were my own.

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That nervous energy that makes people like you and I want and go after everything in the world - bump our heads on all the hard walls and scratch our hands on all the briars - but it makes living great - doesn't it - I'm glad I want everything in the world - good and bad - bitter and sweet - I want it all and a lot of it too

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If one could only reproduce nature, and always with less beauty than the original, why paint at all?

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I want real things ... music that makes holes in the sky.

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I can't live where I want to, I can't go where I want to go, I can't do what I want to, I can't even say what I want to. I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to.

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I'd been taught to paint like other people, and I thought, what's the use? I couldn't do any better than they, or even as well. I was just adding to the brushpile. So I quit.

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The abstraction is often the most definite form for the intangible thing in myself that I can clarify in paint.

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It is really so nice here-country-busy-busy with so many different kinds of things-... I must say I feel far away in another world here-... always we go to a new place...the people have a kind of gentleness that isn't usual on the mainland.

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Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.

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It was all so far away - there was quiet and an untouched feel to the country and I could work as I pleased.

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My center does not come from my mind - it feels in me like a plot of warm moist well tilled earth with the sun shining hot on it... It seems I would rather feel starkly empty than let any thing be planted that cannot be tended to the fullest possibility of its growth.

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When I think of death, I only regret that I will not be able to see this beautiful country anymore unless the Indians are right and my spirit will walk here after I'm gone.

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His letters ... have been like fine cold water when you are terribly thirsty.

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Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression.

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Marks on paper are free -- free speech -- press -- pictures all go together I suppose.

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The painting is like a thread that runs through all the reasons for all the other things that make one's life.

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I often lay on that bench looking up into the tree, past the trunk and up into the branches. It was particularly fine at night with the stars above the tree.

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I always have a curious sort of feeling about some of my things - I hate to show them - I am perfectly inconsistent about it - I am afraid people won't understand - and I hope they won't - and am afraid they will.

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Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression.

It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.

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I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at - not copy it.

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Since I cannot sing, I paint.

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I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.

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My first memory is of the brightness of light — light all around.

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I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore.

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I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to.

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I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could.

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Now and then when I get an idea for a picture, I think, how ordinary.

Why paint that old rock? Why not go for a walk instead? But then I realise that to someone else it may not seem so ordinary.

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The unexplainable thing in nature that makes me feel the world is big fat beyond my understanding – to understand maybe by trying to put it into form. To find the feeling of infinity on the horizon line or just over the next hill.

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