Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?

— Pablo Picasso

The most profound Pablo Picasso quotes that are little-known but priceless

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

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The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

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Everything you can imagine is real.

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Pablo Picasso quote Art is a lie that enables us to realize

Art is a lie that enables us to realize the truth.

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Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

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Action is the foundational key to all success.

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Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

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Pablo Picasso quote If i don't have red, I use blue.

If i don't have red, I use blue.

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

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Art is the best possible introduction to the culture of the world.

I love it for the buried hopes, the garnered memories, the tender feelings it can summon at a touch. It washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

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Pablo Picasso quote Inspiration does exist, but it must find

Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.

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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.

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There are only two types of women - goddesses and doormats.

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Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.

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Pablo Picasso quote Without great solitude, no serious work

Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.

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About Pablo Picasso

Quotes 440 sayings
Nationality Spanish
Profession Painter
Birthday October 25, 1881

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

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Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.

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The older you get the stronger the wind gets - and it's always in your face.

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Pablo Picasso quote Good artists borrow, great artists steal

Good artists borrow, great artists steal.

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

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Music and art are the guiding lights of the world.

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When we discovered cubism, we did not have the aim of discovering cubism.

We only wanted to express what was in us.

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Pablo Picasso quote Only put off until tomorrow what you are

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

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To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.

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The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

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Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

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When German soldiers used to come to my studio and look at my pictures of Guernica, they'd ask 'Did you do this?'. And I'd say, 'No, you did.'

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The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.

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If you give a meaning to certain things in my paintings it may be very true, but it is not my idea to give this meaning. What ideas and conclusions you have got I obtained too, but instinctively, unconsciously. I make the painting for the painting. I paint the objects for what they are.

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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.

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Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

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

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When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning.

When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine.

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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.

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist while still achieving milestones and outcomes as required by certain funders and policy-makers.

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When it comes right down to it, all you have is your self. Your Self is a sun with a thousand rays.

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The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.

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It is important to remember that great things have no fear of time.

We've got to let go of the idea that what we want to manifest has to be done on our time schedule.

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When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. if you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.

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Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.

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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.

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One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite - that particular peach is but a detail.

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They'll sell you thousands of greens.

Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like; but that particular green, never.

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Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? ...people who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.

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Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.

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By amusing myself with all these games, all this nonsense, all these picture puzzles, I became famous... I am only a public entertainer who has understood his time.

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It takes a long time to become young.

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Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.

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

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Good artists copy, great artists steal.

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

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Give me a museum, and I'll fill it.

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If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse... but surely you will see the wildness!

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Without great solitude no serious work is possible.

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