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Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor's direct carving. ...
by Henri Matisse

Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor's direct carving.
- Henri Matisse

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

I don't paint things.
I only paint the difference between things.
- Henri Matisse

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
- Henri Matisse

 

Time extracts various values from a painter's work.
When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten,
and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is.
- Henri Matisse

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
- Henri Matisse

Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches
of a tree so that it will grow better.
- Henri Matisse

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An artist must possess Nature.
He must identify himself with her rhythm,
by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will
later enable him to express himself in his own language.
- Henri Matisse

With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
- Henri Matisse

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete.
It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within
the drunkard or love is within the lover.
- Henri Matisse

I do not literally paint that table,
but the emotion it produces upon me.
- Henri Matisse

I would like to recapture that freshness of vision
which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it.
- Henri Matisse

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative
painter than to paint a rose,
because before he can do so he has first to forget
all the roses that were ever painted.
- Henri Matisse

I wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.
- Henri Matisse

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work,
from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
- Henri Matisse

An artist must never be a prisoner.
Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself,
prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation,
prisoner of success, etc.
- Henri Matisse

Creativity takes courage.
- Henri Matisse

I have been no more than a medium, as it were.
- Henri Matisse

A picture must possess a real power to generate light
and for a long time now I've been conscious of expressing
myself through light or rather in light.
- Henri Matisse

In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature.
You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before
you start walking on a tightrope.
- Henri Matisse

Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
- Henri Matisse

It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
- Henri Matisse

Exactitude is not truth.
- Henri Matisse

I'm growing old, I delight in the past.
- Henri Matisse

A young woman has young claws, well sharpened.
If she has character, that is.
And if she hasn't so much the worse for you.
- Henri Matisse

I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my
works to have a light joyousness of springtime which
never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
- Henri Matisse

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
- Henri Matisse

He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices;
he is free and nothing holds him back.
- Henri Matisse

My curves are not crazy.
- Henri Matisse

In love, the one who runs away is the winner.
- Henri Matisse

Work cures everything.
- Henri Matisse

I don't know whether I believe in God or not.
I think, really, I'm some sort of Buddhist.
But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame
of mind which is close to that of prayer.
- Henri Matisse

What I dream of is an art of balance,
of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter -
a soothing,
calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair
which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
- Henri Matisse

Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off
a portion of one's being,
but by integration of the contraries.
- Carl Jung

The rite of the rings appeals yet appalls:
a cutting, a joining, a losing, a gaining.
One becomes half, as two become one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Too bad all the people who know how to run this country
are busy running taxicabs or cutting hair.
- George Burns

The research rat of the future allows experimentation
without manipulation of the real world.
This is the cutting edge of modeling technology.
- John Spencer

A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time
he bites off more than he can chew.
- Herb Caen

I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse,
for any reason, whenever it's possible.
- Milton Friedman

Simply cutting the taxes for America's wealthiest families
is clearly not creating the needed new jobs,
and that strategy is unlikely to succeed in the future.
- Tim Johnson

One of the jobs I had was cutting out the blood clots on a side of beef.
- Marg Helgenberger

A censor is an expert in cutting remarks.
A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.
- Laurence J. Peter

I want to be cutting-edge.
- Missy Elliot

The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish,
has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish,
cutting the heart asunder.
- Virginia Woolf

I was an anorexic, beer drinking, class cutting,
doodling, shoplifting, skater chick that was into nature,
art class, and the beach.
- Rebecca Miller

Let me first say that I don't think the millennium
target of cutting global poverty in half is an impossible or abstract target.
I think it is a real and achievable goal.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

In bad weather, I spent hours drawing action figures on paper,
coloring them, backing them on cardboard,
then cutting them out and creating whole stories around their lives.
- Terry Brooks

That includes not cutting down the rain forest,
and stop polluting the ocean because once we kill the
coral reefs and the rain forest,
this earth is toast.
- Michael Berryman

I have no control over a film.
I don't know what will be left on the cutting floor.
- Judi Dench

Films have gotten leaner and leaner,
cutting out all variations from the story line.
- Neil Jordan

You name it, we're out there with the latest and the best cutting edge.
- Helen Gurley Brown

I sincerely believe that there's room for cutting down
trees for forestry and grazing,
so as we all get to eat.
Everyone has to compromise.
- Steve Irwin

That was the day I began cutting classes and returning to TV tapings;
it ultimately led to a friendship with Johnny O,
and an increasing fascination and respect for what he did.
- Randy West

It's like someone cutting up a loved one in front of you,
all the time insisting they've got your best interests at heart.
They're very devious nowadays.
- Malcolm Wilson

You may have heard that back in the States there are
some people who are smoking grass.
I don't know how you feel, but it's sure easier than cutting the stuff.
- Pat Morita

Someone has to stay on the line and say,
no, we can do this by cutting spending and reducing the size of government.
That's what I was committed to doing.
- Chris Christie

And the cornerstone of my economic policies,
when I first got elected, was cutting taxes on everybody on who paid taxes.
- George W. Bush

Now there is so much expertise and brainpower it's
hard to be at the cutting edge of what's cool and not
do something that's totally geeky.
- Darren Aronofsky

Love is a sickness full of woes, All remedies refusing;
A plant that with most cutting grows,
Most barren with best using.
- Samuel Daniel

Today, it's very tempting to create songs by cutting
and pasting in the studio.
- Huey Lewis

A good discourse is that from which nothing can be
retrenched without cutting into the quick.
- Saint Francis de Sales

At first I was queasy; I'll never forget the sound
of the scalpel cutting a body open.
But it was so cool trying to work out how these people died.
- Jonathan Davis

Sadly, the President's budget proposal for the upcoming
year once again puts cutting taxes for the wealthiest
Americans over addressing our country's severe fiscal problems.
- Carl Levin

It seems that the small movies are a little more risky and cutting-edge.
You've got your big commerce and you've got your small
films that you're more passionate about.
- Robert Patrick

We need to be careful when we talk about cutting health care costs.
They are not going to be reduced - what we really want
to do is do is slow the rate of increase.
- David Obey

The world can only be grasped by action,
not by contemplation.
The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
- Diane Arbus

There's a general culture in this country to cut all the trees.
It makes me so angry because everyone is cutting and no one is planting.
- Wangari Maathai

Welding torches, cutting torches and any activity producing
a flame outside is prohibited.
Any open flame is discouraged.
- John Glover

All too often in tough economic times,
it is the environment that gets left on the cutting
room floors of Congress as everyone scraps for limited federal dollars.
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz

When cutting staff at the Pentagon, don't eliminate
the thin layer that assures civilian control.
- Donald Rumsfeld

By cutting critical domestic programs such as education,
health, environmental protection, and veterans' services,
this budget reveals misplaced priorities.
- Dan Lipinski


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