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I want my pictures to be things.
by 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

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

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

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

 

I'm very envious of the few artists who are any good and still do portraits.
- 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 think words come between the spectator and the picture.
- Howard Hodgkin

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

I hate painting.
- 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

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

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

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

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 am isolated as an artist, not as a person.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Success is getting what you want;
happiness is wanting what you get.
- Dale Carnegie

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

If you want to be happy, be.
- Leo Tolstoy

Celebrate what you want to see more of.
- Tom Peters

Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Sometimes the things you really want
sneak in the back door.
Notice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
- Bill Cosby

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
- Lao Tzu

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

If you want to feel rich,
just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.
- Anonymous

Learn to become still. And to take your attention
away from what you don't want, and all the emotional charge around it,
and place your attention on what you wish to experience.
- Michael Beckwith

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you
to reach the heights of your capabilities
or make the money that you want
without becoming very good at it.
- Brian Tracy

We can do anything we want to
if we stick to it long enough.
- Helen Keller

We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging,
to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want.
- Joe Vitale

You will never find time for anything.
If you want time you must make it.
- Charles Buxton

Know that you can have whatever you want,
when you ask from a compassionate heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For want of a nail the shoe was lost;
for want of a shoe the horse was lost;
and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
- Benjamin Franklin

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

What you want is irrelevant,
what you have chosen is at hand.
- Spock character in Star Trek VI movie

Take time to contemplate -
away from the opinions and influence of others -
what you really want
and what you believe to be important in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you want reality to be different than it is,
you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.
- Byron Katie

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of others' opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage
to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.
- Steve Jobs

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

Whatever you want in life, start today.
Not tomorrow - today.
Let it be a small beginning - a tiny beginning.
Your happiness depends on starting today - every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you want to be heroic,
Don't emulate your heroes,
learn from them.
Heroes don't follow anyone,
they set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you want to do it,
Do It - TODAY.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

The key to happiness is not to have what you want
but to want what you have.
- Anonymous

If you want peace, stop fighting.
If you want peace of mind,
stop fighting with your thoughts.
- Peter McWilliams

Dream up the world you want to live in. Dream out loud.
- Bono

If you want to improve,
be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
- Epictetus

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.
It is the belief that God will do what is right.
- Max Lucado

There is only one way... to get anybody to do anything.
And that is by making the other person want to do it.
- Dale Carnegie

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you want to be happy,
put your effort into controlling the sail, not the wind.
- Anonymous

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work,
and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright


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