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Henri Matisse Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Nature

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

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

With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
- Henri Matisse

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

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

Exactitude is not truth.
- Henri Matisse

Creativity takes courage.
- Henri Matisse

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

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

I wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.
- Henri Matisse

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

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

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
- Henri Matisse

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

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

Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
- 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

My curves are not crazy.
- 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

Work cures everything.
- Henri Matisse

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

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

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Give thanks for the rain in your life
which waters the flowers of your soul.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.
- Anonymous

Earth laughs in flowers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Flowers are Nature's messengers -
reminders of an unspeakable beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I seldom think about my limitations,
and they never make me sad.
Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times;
but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.
- Helen Keller

We need to find God, and he cannot
be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass-
grows in silence; see the stars,
the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
- Mother Teresa

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty
out-values all the utilities of the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I take care of my flowers and my cats.
And enjoy food.
And that's living.
- Ursula Andress

Flowers always make people better, happier,
and more helpful; they are sunshine,
food and medicine for the soul.
- Luther Burbank

A wedding is just like a funeral
except that you get to smell your own flowers.
- Grace Hansen

People from a planet without flowers would think we
must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
- Iris Murdoch

Flowers are without hope.
Because hope is tomorrow and flowers have no tomorrow.
- Antonio Porchia

Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers -
and never succeeding.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

Much education today is monumentally ineffective.
All too often we are giving young people cut flowers
when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
- John W. Gardner

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers,
looks around for a coffin.
- H. L. Mencken

And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers
is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.
- Thomas Moore

From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in
them and that is eternity.
- Edvard Munch

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
- Theodore Roethke

A wedding is a funeral where you smell your own flowers.
- Eddie Cantor

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers
where I can walk undisturbed.
- Walt Whitman

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.
- Mao Tse-Tung

Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit,
who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth,
and without light nothing flowers.
- May Sarton

I'd never been in play long enough for the flowers
to die in the dressing room.
- Mercedes McCambridge

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
- Claude Monet

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers,
so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.
Bricks to all greenhouses!
Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
- Edward Abbey

Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers,
but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.
- Ikkyu Sojun

The Herbs ought to be distilled when they are in their greatest vigor,
and so ought the Flowers also.
- Nicholas Culpeper

I played around with the flowers and the lighting,
so that was a good way to educate myself.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I work with language.
I love the flowers of afterthought.
- Bernard Malamud

Flowers are happy things.
- P. G. Wodehouse

I couldn't have found a better man than Brad.
He still opens doors for me and brings me flowers.
He's the sweetest goofball on the planet.
- Jennifer Aniston

What she did was to open our eyes to details of country
life such as teaching us names of wild flowers and
getting us to draw and paint and learn poetry.
- Laurie Lee

Gather the flowers, but spare the buds.
- Andrew Marvell

Gardeners instinctively know that flowers and plants
are a continuum and that the wheel of garden history
will always be coming full circle.
- Francis Cabot Lowell


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