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I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my
by 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

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

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

 

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 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

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

Exactitude is not truth.
- Henri Matisse

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

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

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
- Henri Matisse

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

Work cures everything.
- 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

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

My curves are not crazy.
- Henri Matisse

Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
- 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 been no more than a medium, as it were.
- Henri Matisse

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

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

Creativity takes courage.
- Henri Matisse

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

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

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

Anyone who has never made a mistake,
has never tried anything new.
- Albert Einstein

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.
Think not about your frustrations,
but about your unfulfilled potential.
Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in,
but with what it is still possible for you to do.
- Pope John XXIII

A person who never made a mistake
never tried anything new.
- Albert Einstein

I tried to remember how to exhale.
I had to look away before it came back to me.
- Bella, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
- Mae West

Defeat is not the worst of failures.
Not to have tried is the true failure.
- George Edward Woodberry

I started dieting.
I dieted, dieted, dieted and tried all the diets and
I would lose and then I would go back to normal eating
and would put it on and then some.
- Suzanne Somers

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere
in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
- Bill Watterson

There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it's time to do something different?
It's a balance - a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won't work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills -
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won't work.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few,
and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
- George Washington

I have tried lately to read Shakespeare,
and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
- Charles Darwin

I auditioned on my own.
I tried to make a mark for myself without anybody's help,
not even Mom's.
- Kate Hudson

My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years
to have breakfast together,
but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.
- Winston Churchill

Today, try something you have never tried before.
Perhaps just a food that is new to you -
perhaps a whole new way of living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I've tried word processors, but I think I'm too old a dog to use one.
- Dee Brown

I have tried to know absolutely nothing about a great many things,
and I have succeeded fairly well.
- Robert Benchley

I have tried to lift France out of the mud.
But she will return to her errors and vomitings.
I cannot prevent the French from being French.
- Charles de Gaulle

The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are,
whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball.
In a word, I have tried to be objective.
- Berenice Abbott

We have tried you citizens; we are trying you now,
and you have a couple of dollars for the sorrowing mothers,
brothers and sisters by way of a charity gift.
- Rose Schneiderman

I've tried body surfing.
It's nice.
- Ziggy Marley

I always said life consists of love and work.
I tried to balance it 50-50.
And, of course, now I'm so happy I did.
- John Forsythe

I always tried to hit the ball back through the box
because that is the largest unprotected area.
- Rogers Hornsby

I have tried so hard to do right.
- Grover Cleveland

Trust one who has tried.
- Virgil

There were times when I blundered and got the dreaded look from the lads.
But that was a good sign.
It showed I'd attempted something I'd not tried before.
- John Bonham

I have tried to preserve in my relationship to the
film the same closeness and intimacy that exists between
a painter and his canvas.
- Norman McLaren

At Leeds I've tried to concentrate on my club form,
but you get caught up in all the World Cup fever once
you come back to Ireland and see all the Irish boys again.
- Robbie Keane

I really just tried to make a record full of great songs,
which is the goal I always have.
- Martina McBride

I may be revered or defamed and decried;
But I tried to live my life right.
- Tracy Chapman

Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
- Alexander Pope

One thing I've tried to do in writing music is take on very basic things,
very archetypal things.
- Harrison Birtwistle

The military is trying very hard right now to put a
better face on Guantanamo,
and I think they actually have tried to rid some of
the extreme versions of abuse that we have read about.
- Jane Mayer

I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life,
and so far it's been pretty fun.
- Roland Barthes

House Democrats have tried to increase port security
funding on this House floor four times over the last 4 years,
and House Republicans have defeated our efforts every single time.
- Dennis Cardoza

Since this was the first and only series I had ever produced,
I was unaware of what the "Normal" environment was for a studio.
I tried to run it as I did in my SF studio.
- Joe Murray

If a war be undertaken...
before the resources of peace have been tried and proved vain to secure it,
that war has no defense, it is a national crime.
- Charles Eliot Norton


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