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Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work,
by Henri Matisse

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

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

 

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

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

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Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
- 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

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

My curves are not crazy.
- Henri Matisse

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
- Henri Matisse

Exactitude is not truth.
- Henri Matisse

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

Creativity takes courage.
- 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 wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.
- 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our nation is built on the bedrock principle that governments
derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
- Adrian Cronauer

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
- Blaise Pascal

I am sure that no man can derive more pleasure from
money or power than I do from seeing a pair of basketball
goals in some out of the way place.
- James Naismith

Words derive their power from the original word.
- Meister Eckhart

The pleasure we derive from the representation of the present is due,
not only to the beauty it can be clothed in,
but also to its essential quality of being the present.
- Charles Baudelaire

Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will
derive no more profit from this work than barren soil
from a treatise on agriculture.
- Quintilian

Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence
and are nothing in themselves.
- Nagarjuna

I also derive a great deal of pleasure from horses and dogs...
the ocean...
and love.
- William Shatner

Material goods consist of useful material things,
and of all rights to hold, or use, or derive benefits from material things,
or to receive them at a future time.
- Alfred Marshall

Our works, whatever they may be, derive from our incapacity
to kill or to kill ourselves.
- Emile M. Cioran

But the general welfare must restrict and regulate
the exertions of the individuals,
as the individuals must derive a supply of their strength from social power.
- Friedrich List

The idea that one might derive satisfaction from his or her successful work,
because that work is ingenious, beautiful,
or just pleasing, has become ridiculed.
- Niklaus Wirth

One of the strengths I derive from my class background
is that I am accustomed to contempt.
- Dorothy Allison

You know how much I am inclined to explain all disputes
among philosophical schools as merely verbal disputes
or at least to derive them originally from verbal disputes.
- Moses Mendelssohn

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful
lessons from past errors,
and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
- George Washington

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings,
and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.
- Hippocrates

This foundational principle - that human beings derive their rights from God,
rather than from the State, or any other source -
is what made America different.
- Ernie Fletcher

We derive our vitality from our store of madness.
- Emile M. Cioran

Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes
us pay dearly for its instruction;
and often the profit we derive,
is not worth the price we paid.
- Elizabeth Hardwick

Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to
assume that there is a fixed pie,
that one party can gain only at the expense of another.
- Milton Friedman

A lot of comic actors derive their main force from childish behavior.
Most great comics are doing such silly things;
you'd say,
'That's what a child would do.'
- Gene Wilder

The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.
- Aesop

The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly
in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless.
It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.
- Eric Hoffer

Cynicism is tough.
A cynic's point of view is really pitiful.
I derive pleasure out of a lot of things in life.
As long as I'm fairly healthy, it's hard to stay dismal for very long.
- Shawn Colvin

Using the power you derive from the discovery of the
truth about racism in South Africa,
you will help us to remake our part of the world into
a corner of the globe on which all -
of which all of humanity can be proud.
- Oliver Tambo

So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family,
that it remains the measure of our stability because
it measures our sense of loyalty.
All other pacts of love or fear derive from it and are modeled upon it.
- Haniel Long

Internationalism on the other hand admits that spiritual
achievements have their roots deep in national life;
from this national consciousness art and literature
derive their character and strength and on it even
many of the humanistic sciences are firmly based.
- Christian Lous Lange

Our second remark is, that the office is of divine appointment,
not merely in the sense in which the civil powers are ordained of God,
but in the sense that ministers derive their authority from Christ,
and not from the people.
- Charles Hodge

Bureaucracies are inherently antidemocratic.
Bureaucrats derive their power from their position in the structure,
not from their relations with the people they are supposed to serve.
The people are not masters of the bureaucracy,
but its clients.
- Alan Keyes

The powers of government exercised locally derive from
a federal law authorizing government by consent in local affairs only,
unless those affairs are otherwise governed by federal law.
- Dick Thornburgh

The teacher must derive not only the capacity,
but the desire, to observe natural phenomena.
The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer:
the activity must lie in the phenomenon.
- Maria Montessori

I think that if people are instructed about anything,
it should be about the nature of cruelty.
And about why people behave so cruelly to each other.
And what kind of satisfactions they derive from it.
And why there is always a cost, and a price to be paid.
- Richard Russo

The deepest problems of modern life derive from the
claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and
individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces,
of historical heritage, of external culture,
and of the technique of life.
- Georg Simmel

Many mathematicians derive part of their self-esteem
by feeling themselves the proud heirs of a long tradition of rational thinking;
I am afraid they idealize their cultural ancestors.
- Edsger Dijkstra

I derive no pleasure from prosecuting a man,
even though I know he's guilty; do you think I could
sleep at night or look at myself in the mirror in the
morning if I hounded an innocent man?
- Jim Garrison

Physiology seeks to derive the processes in our own
nervous system from general physical forces,
without considering whether these processes are or
are not accompanied by processes of consciousness.
- Wilhelm Wundt

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama


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