The artist is the world's scapegoat.

— Jacob Epstein

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When I was doing Professor Albert Einstein's bust he had many a jibe at the Nazi professors, one hundred of whom had condemned his theory of relativity in a book. 'Were I wrong,' he said, 'one professor would have been enough.

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I cannot recall a period when I did not draw;

and at school, the studies that were distasteful to me, mathematics and grammar , were retarded by the indulgence of teachers who were proud of my drawing faculties, and passed over my neglect of uncongenial subjects.

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The artist who imagines that he puts his best into a portrait in order to produce something good, which will be a pleasure to the sitter and to himself, will have some bitter experiences.

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A sculptor is supposed to be a dull dog anyway, so why should he not break out in colour sometimes, and in my case I'd as soon be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.

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A wife, a lover, can perhaps never see what the artist sees.

They rarely ever do. Perhaps a really mediocre artist has more chance of success.

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To think of abstraction as an end in itself is undoubtedly letting oneself be led into a cul-de-sac and can only lead to exhaustion and impotence.

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There are infinite modes of expression in the world of art, and to insist that only by one road can the artist attain his ends is to limit him.

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Why dont they stick to murder and leave art to us?

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To accuse me of making sensations is the easiest way of attacking me, and in reality leaves the question of sculpture untouched.

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