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I do not literally paint that table,
by Henri Matisse

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

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

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

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

Work cures everything.
- Henri Matisse

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

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

Creativity takes courage.
- Henri Matisse

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
- Henri Matisse

My curves are not crazy.
- 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 wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.
- Henri Matisse

Exactitude is not truth.
- 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 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 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

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

It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
- 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'm growing old, I delight in the past.
- Henri Matisse

Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
- 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

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

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

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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