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I don't look at the work of my contemporaries very much;
by Howard Hodgkin

I don't look at the work of my contemporaries very much;
I tend to look at pictures by dead artists.
It's much easier to get near their paintings.
- Howard Hodgkin

Matisse was very clear about saying that you have to
blow your own trumpet and explain yourself,
which I think has been slightly forgotten.
- Howard Hodgkin

I once was interviewed and got so exasperated that I said,
'What do you want, a shopping list?' They kept asking,
'What's in this picture?'
- Howard Hodgkin

I don't really have a historical overview of my work at all.
I'm not an art historian.
I don't see that there's this period and that period.
- Howard Hodgkin

 

My friends tend to be writers.
I think writers and painters are really all the same-we just sit in our rooms.
- Howard Hodgkin

I'm vulnerable to criticism.
Any artist is, because you work alone in your studio and,
until recently, critics were the only way you'd get any feedback.
- Howard Hodgkin

My language is what I use, and if I lost that,
I wouldn't be able to say anything.
- Howard Hodgkin

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I look at my pictures, and I think, 'Well,
how did I do that?'
- Howard Hodgkin

In the United States there has been a kind of a structure in the Modern art world.
The New York School was nearly a coherent thing-for a minute.
- Howard Hodgkin

I am isolated as an artist, not as a person.
- Howard Hodgkin

When I finish a painting, it usually looks as surprising to me as to anyone else.
- Howard Hodgkin

I find old copies of National Gallery catalogues,
which are written in the dryest possible prose,
infinitely soothing.
- Howard Hodgkin

The picture surface recedes just as much in the 20th
century as it did in the 15th.
The techniques of making pictures have hardly changed.
- Howard Hodgkin

I think that words are often extraneous to what I do.
- Howard Hodgkin

A collection makes its own demands.
Many artists have been collectors.
I think of it rather as an illness.
I felt it was using up too much energy.
- Howard Hodgkin

I think words come between the spectator and the picture.
- Howard Hodgkin

You keep on balancing and balancing and balancing until the picture wins,
because then the subject's turned into the picture.
- Howard Hodgkin

In England, it's thought to be morally suspect to worry
about what your surroundings look like.
- Howard Hodgkin

I don't think you can lightly paint a picture.
It's an activity I take very seriously.
- Howard Hodgkin

I want my pictures to be things.
I want them to be made up of marks that are physically
and individually self-sufficient.
- Howard Hodgkin

A painting is finished when the subject comes back,
when what has caused the painting to be made comes back as an object.
- Howard Hodgkin

I hate painting.
- Howard Hodgkin

I fell through a crack for years.
Historically, I am a nothing because I fit in no category.
I can only be me.
- Howard Hodgkin

Collecting has been my great extravagance.
It's a way of being.
I collect for the same reason that I eat too much-I'm
one of nature's shoppers.
- Howard Hodgkin

I am happy for people to talk about my pictures,
but I wish devoutly that I was not expected to talk about them myself.
- Howard Hodgkin

I'm very envious of the few artists who are any good and still do portraits.
- Howard Hodgkin

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
- John Lubbock

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

If you look for the bad in people
expecting to find it, you surely will.
- Abraham Lincoln

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength
which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
- Marcus Aurelius

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.
- Anonymous

Never bend your head. Always hold it high.
Look the world straight in the eye.
- Helen Keller

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
- Henry David Thoreau

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

If you look into your own heart,
and you find nothing wrong there,
what is there to worry about?
What is there to fear?
- Confucius

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

Shake structures.
School yourself.
Look twice at a thing,
once upside down.
Answer yourself clearly.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do not look for approval
except for the consciousness of doing your best.
- Andrew Carnegie

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

You're standing on the threshold of success.
Don't look down, it'll make you dizzy.
- the character Timothy Q. Mouse in the Walt Disney movie Dumbo

Let us not look back in anger
or forward in fear,
but around in awareness.
- James Thurber

Until you'll willing to look foolish,
you'll never have the possibility of being great.
- Cher

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

Look to be treated by others as you have treated others.
- Publilius Syrus

The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm
but because of those who look at it without doing anything.
- Albert Einstein

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

I look for what needs to be done.
After all, that's how the universe designs itself.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The world is a dangerous place,
not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.
- Albert Einstein

All you have to do is look straight and see the road,
and when you see it, don't sit looking at it - walk.
- Ayn Rand

Look twice before you leap.
- Charlotte Bronte

I look to a day when people will not be judged
by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.
- Winston Churchill

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

Whatever happens, always look to tomorrow -
with courage and optimism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Where there is unconditional love,
there is no room for unhappiness.
Whenever I look in the mirror today,
I will say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The farther backward you can look,
the farther forward you can see.
- Winston Churchill

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people
is that they trigger confusion in us
that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with.
To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves,
we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes.
- Pema Chodron

While the laughter of joy is in
full harmony with our deeper life,
the laughter of amusement
should be kept apart from it.
The danger is too great of thus learning
to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery,
and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll

Whenever I look in the mirror,
I say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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