I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years'.

— Henry Moore

The most authentic Henry Moore quotes that will add value to your life

The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.

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To be an artist is to believe in life.

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One never knows what each day is going to bring. The important thing is to be open and ready for it.

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Henry Moore quote One never knows what each day is going t

One never knows what each day is going to bring. The important thing is to be open and ready for it.

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I find in all the artists that I admire most a disturbing element, a distortion, giving evidence of a struggle . . . . In great art, this conflict is hidden, it is unresolved. All that is bursting with energy is disturbing - not perfect.

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If I set out to sculpt a standing man and it becomes a lying woman, I know I am making art.

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The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts.

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The observation of nature is part of an artist's life, it enlarges his form [and] knowledge, keeps him fresh and from working only by formula, and feeds inspiration.

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A sculptor is a person obsessed with the form and the shape of things, and it's not just Ihe shape of any one thing, but the shape of any thing and everything.

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In my opinion, everything, every shape, every bit of natural form, animals, people, pebbles, shells, anything you like are all things that can help you to make a sculpture.

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Painting and sculpture help other people to see what a wonderful world we live in.

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Sculpture is an art of the open air... I would rather have a piece of my sculpture put in a landscape, almost any landscape, than in, or on, the most beautiful building I know.

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A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.

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About Henry Moore

Quotes 61 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Sculptor
Birthday October 16

I have always been very interested in landscape.

.. I find that all natural forms are a source of unending interest - tree trunks, the growth of branches from the trunk, each finding its own individual air-space.

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It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.

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I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?

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Clever people can copy the handwriting of an artist - it's like forging a person's signature.

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Being an artist is celebrating life.

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The observation of nature is part of an artist's life.

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You leave space for the body, imagining the other part even though it isn't there.

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Nothing raises the price of a blessing like its removal;

whereas, it was its continuance which should have taught us its value. [It is wise to be grateful of what we have while we have it.]

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There is nothing greater than enthusiasm.

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Now I really make the little idea from clay, and I hold it in my hand.

I can turn it, look at it from underneath, see it from one view, hold it against the sky, imagine it any size I like, and really be in control almost like God creating something.

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The construction of the human figure, its tremendous variety of balance, of size, of rhythm, all those things make the human form much more difficult to get right in a drawing than anything else.

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Discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing.

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Because a work does not aim at reproducing natural appearances it is not, therefore, an escape from life -- but may be a penetration into reality...as expression of the significance of life, a stimulation to greater effort in living.

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One mustn't let technique be the consciously important thing.

It should be at the service of expressing the form.

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I'm very grateful that I was too poor to get to art school until I was 21.

. . I was old enough when I got there to know how to get something out of it.

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Our knowledge of shape and form remains, in general, a mixture of visual and of tactile experiences... A child learns about roundness from handling a ball far more than from looking at it.

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A piece of sculpture can have a hole through it and not be weakened if the hole is of a studied size, shape, and direction.

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Art is not to do with the practical side of making a living. It's to live a fuller human life.

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Art is a continuous activity with no separation between past and present.

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Recently I have been working in the country, where, carving in the open air, I find sculpture more natural than in a London studio, but it needs bigger dimensions. A large piece of stone or wood placed almost anywhere at random in a field, orchard, or garden, immediately looks right and inspiring.

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All good art has contained both abstract and surrealist elements, just as it has contained both classical and romantic elements - order and surprise, intellect and imagination, conscious and unconscious. BOTH SIDES of the artist's personality must play their part.

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All art is an abstraction to some degree.

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Seeing that picture, for me, was like Chartres Cathedral.

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Abstraction means getting away from a visual interpretation but nearer to an emotional one.

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I find drawing a useful outlet for ideas for which there is not time enough to realize as sculpture... And I sometimes draw just for its own enjoyment.

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I would like my work to be thought of as a celebration of life and nature.

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Talking about one's work releases the energy and tension to do and make.

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The artist works with a concentration of his whole personality, and the conscious part of it resolves conflicts, organized memories, and prevents him from trying to walk in two directions at the same time.

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You must always be open to your luck. You cannot force it, but you can recognize it.

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There is a right physical size for every idea.

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I don't know of any good work of art that doesn't have a mystery.

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The important thing is somehow to begin.

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I have always liked drawing, when you draw you see things more intensely.

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All the arts are based on the senses.

What they do for the person who practices them, and also the persons interested in them, is make that particular sense more active and more acute.

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The first hole made through a piece of stone is a revelation.

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People think that they see, but they don't.

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Never think of the surface except as an extension of a volume.

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