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Is it the factitious and the conventional that most
by Paul Cezanne

Is it the factitious and the conventional that most
surely succeed on earth and in the course of life?
- Paul Cezanne

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next
to a God made object like a tree or flower.
If it clashes, it is not art.
- Paul Cezanne

Tell me, do you think I'm going mad? I sometimes wonder,
you know.
- Paul Cezanne

Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience.
- Paul Cezanne

 

The painter must enclose himself within his work;
he must respond not with words,
but with paintings.
- Paul Cezanne

People think how a sugar basin has no physiognomy,
no soul.
But it changes every day.
- Paul Cezanne

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
- Paul Cezanne

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I've come to the conclusion that it's not really possible to help others.
- Paul Cezanne

With a painter's temperament, all that's needed are
the means of expression sufficient to be intelligible to the wide public.
- Paul Cezanne

For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject,
but to realize sensations.
- Paul Cezanne

Two sittings a day of my models and I'm totally exhausted.
- Paul Cezanne

We must not be content to memorize the beautiful formulas
of our illustrious predecessors.
Let us go out and study beautiful nature.
- Paul Cezanne

I want to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

With an apple I will astonish Paris.
- Paul Cezanne

I lack the magnificent richness of color that animates nature.
- Paul Cezanne

Here, on the river's verge, I could be busy for months
without changing my place,
simply leaning a little more to right or left.
- Paul Cezanne

The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.
- Paul Cezanne

The world doesn't understand me and I don't understand the world,
that's why I've withdrawn from it.
- Paul Cezanne

Painting is damned difficult - you always think you've got it,
but you haven't.
- Paul Cezanne

I am the primitive of the method I have invented.
- Paul Cezanne

I allow no one to touch me.
- Paul Cezanne

I am a pupil of Pissarro.
- Paul Cezanne

Keep good company - that is, go to the Louvre.
- Paul Cezanne

It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.
- Paul Cezanne

An art which isn't based on feeling isn't an art at all.
- Paul Cezanne

You say a new era in art is preparing;
you sensed it coming; continue your studies without weakening.
God will do the rest.
- Paul Cezanne

The truth is in nature, and I shall prove it.
- Paul Cezanne

One does not substitute oneself for the past,
one merely adds to it a new link.
- Paul Cezanne

Is art really the priesthood that demands the pure
in heart who belong to it wholly?
- Paul Cezanne

I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years
without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing.
- Paul Cezanne

The clear French landscape is as pure as a verse of Racine.
- Paul Cezanne

Pure drawing is an abstraction.
Drawing and colour are not distinct,
everything in nature is coloured.
- Paul Cezanne

I must be more sensible and realize that at my age,
illusions are hardly permitted and they will always destroy me.
- Paul Cezanne

I have nothing to hide in art.
The initial force alone can bring anyone to the end he must attain.
- Paul Cezanne

The day is coming when a single carrot,
freshly observed, will set off a revolution.
- Paul Cezanne

I paint as if I were Rothschild.
- Paul Cezanne

I'll always be grateful to the public of intelligent amateurs.
- Paul Cezanne

A puny body weakens the soul.
- Paul Cezanne

Art is a harmony parallel with nature.
- Paul Cezanne

Shadow is a colour as light is, but less brilliant;
light and shadow are only the relation of two tones.
- Paul Cezanne

Doubtless there are things in nature which have not yet been seen.
If an artist discovers them, he opens the way for his successors.
- Paul Cezanne

My nervous system is enfeebled, only work in oils can sustain me.
- Paul Cezanne

I am more a friend of art than a producer of painting.
- Paul Cezanne

It is impossible for emotion not to come on us in thinking
of that time now flowed away.
- Paul Cezanne

The artist makes things concrete and gives them individuality.
- Paul Cezanne

Painting from nature is not copying the object;
it is realizing one's sensations.
- Paul Cezanne

A thousand painters ought to be killed yearly.
Say what you like: I'm every inch a painter.
- Paul Cezanne

I ask you to pray for me, for once age has overtaken us,
we find consolation only in religion.
- Paul Cezanne

I have sworn to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

There are two things in the painter,
the eye and the mind; each of them should aid the other.
- Paul Cezanne

We live in a rainbow of chaos.
- Paul Cezanne

The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.
- Paul Cezanne

Optics, developing in us through study,
teach us to see.
- Paul Cezanne

If isolation tempers the strong, it is the stumbling-block of the uncertain.
- Paul Cezanne

Don't be an art critic.
Paint.
There lies salvation.
- Paul Cezanne

My age and health will never allow me to realize the
dream of art I've been pursuing all my life.
- Paul Cezanne

Conventional people are roused to fury
by departure from convention,
largely because they regard such departure
as a criticism of themselves.
- Bertrand Russell

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I have two ideas for novels at the moment,
neither of them all that conventional,
but I'm not ready to choose between them yet,
let alone settle down to the process of writing.
- Jonathan Coe

The stars are the great Gothic churches:
spires,
naves, delicate flying buttresses, massive conventional buttresses,
stained glass and grandeur, grandeur,
grandeur.
- John Corry

We need not renounce the use of conventional force.
We will be ready to repel any clear and present danger
that poses a genuine threat to our national security and survival.
- Theodore C. Sorensen

Again, conventional Catholicism does not much appeal to me.
- Paul Farmer

I don't think anyone has exhausted the range of sound
possible in a conventional rock band,
but people do become slaves to their own easiest techniques.
- Steve Albini

I'm a sworn enemy of convention.
I despise the conventional in anything,
even the arts.
- Hedy Lamarr

The conventional notions of art have changed,
and a lot of things done today are considered works
of art that would have been rejected in the past.
- David Rockefeller

Conventional wisdom holds that setting a timetable
for getting American troops out of Iraq would be a mistake.
- Nick Clooney

I think in conventional magazine wisdom,
you need to have a redesign every decade or so.
- Timothy White

States are like people.
They do not question the awful status quo until some
dramatic event overturns the conventional and lax way of thinking.
- Victor Davis Hanson

The most important lesson of New Labour is this:
Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom.
- Ed Miliband

You see, I am a very conventional scientist,
really.
- Martin Fleischmann

The public has lost faith in the ability of Social
Security and Medicare to provide for old age.
They've lost faith in the banking system and in conventional medical insurance.
- Ron Chernow


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