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Lucian Freud Quotes and Sayings

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The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes,
and, ironically, the more real.
- Lucian Freud

When I look at a body it gives me choice of what to put in a painting,
what will suit me and what won't.
- Lucian Freud

There is a distinction between fact and truth.
Truth has an element of revelation about it.
If something is true, it does more than strike one as merely being so.
- Lucian Freud

I paint people not because of what they are like,
not exactly in spite of what they are like,
but how they happen to be.
- Lucian Freud

 

I want paint to work as flesh.
- Lucian Freud

I would wish my portraits to be of the people,
not like them.
Not having a look of the sitter, being them.
- Lucian Freud

Painting is sometimes like those recipes where you
do all manner of elaborate things to a duck,
and then end up putting it on one side and only using the skin.
- Lucian Freud

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As far as I am concerned the paint is the person.
I want it to work for me just as flesh does.
- Lucian Freud

The aura given out by a person or object is as much
a part of them as their flesh.
- Lucian Freud

The painter's obsession with his subject is all that
he needs to drive him to work.
- Lucian Freud

The character of the artist doesn't enter into the nature of the art.
- Lucian Freud

A painter must think of everything he sees as being
there entirely for his own use and pleasure.
- Lucian Freud

My work is purely autobiographical...
It is about myself and my surroundings.
- Lucian Freud

A painter's tastes must grow out of what so obsesses
him in life that he never has to ask himself what it
is suitable for him to do in art.
- Lucian Freud

The paintings that really excite me have an erotic
element or side to them irrespective of subject matter.
- Lucian Freud

Full, saturated colours have an emotional significance I want to avoid.
- Lucian Freud

The model should only serve the very private function
for the painter of providing the starting point for his excitement.
- Lucian Freud

The painter must give a completely free rein to any
feeling or sensations he may have and reject nothing
to which he is naturally drawn.
- Lucian Freud

Now that I know what I want, I don't have to hold on to it quite so much.
- Lucian Freud

Whether it will convince or not, depends entirely on what it is in itself,
what is there to be seen.
- Lucian Freud

And, since the model he faithfully copies is not going
to be hung up next to the picture,
since the picture is going to be there on its own,
it is of no interest whether it is an accurate copy of the model.
- Lucian Freud

I am only interested in painting the actual person,
in doing a painting of them, not in using them to some ulterior end of art.
For me, to use someone doing something not native to them would be wrong.
- Lucian Freud

The picture is all he feels about it,
all he thinks worth preserving of it,
all he invests it with.
If all the qualities which a painter took from the
model for his picture were really taken,
no person could be painted twice.
- Lucian Freud

I remember Francis Bacon would say that he felt he
was giving art what he thought it previously lacked.
With me, it's what Yeats called the fascination with what's difficult.
I'm only trying to do what I can't do.
- Lucian Freud

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein PHOTO

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear not death; for the sooner we die,
the longer shall we be immortal.
- Benjamin Franklin

Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom,
no longer lend your strength to that
which you wish to be free from.
Fill your life with love and bravery,
and you shall live a life uncommon.
- Jewel

Begin to act from your dominion.
Declare the truth by telling yourself
that there is nothing to be afraid of,
that you no longer entertain any images of fear.
- Ernest Holmes

The obscure we see eventually.
The completely obvious,
it seems, takes longer.
- Edward R. Murrow

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When you get into a tight place
and everything goes against you,
till it seems you cannot hold on a minute longer,
never give up then, for that is just
the place and time the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

"We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?" asked Piglet.
"Even longer," Pooh answered.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

One measure of friendship consists
not in the number of things friends can discuss,
but in the number of things they need no longer mention.
- Clifton Fadiman

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

As soon as someone is identified as an unsung hero,
he no longer is.
- George Carlin

If the mind wants to comprehend reality,
it will have to come out of the past and the future.
But coming out of the past and the future,
it is no longer the mind at all.
Hence the insistence of all the great masters of the world
that the door to reality is no-mind.
- Osho

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude to me is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than success,
than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.
It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past ...
we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.
And so it is with you ...
we are in charge of our attitudes.
- Charles Swindoll

When you open up to the ultimate,
immediately it pours into you.
You are no longer an ordinary human being -
you have transcended.
Your insight has become the
insight of the whole existence.
Now you are no longer separate -
you have found your roots.
- Osho

I am no longer young enough to know everything.
- Oscar Wilde

Looking at a sunset, just for a second
you forget your separateness:
you are the sunset.
That is the moment when you feel the beauty of it.
But the moment you say that it is a beautiful sunset,
you are no longer feeling it;
you have come back to your separate,
enclosed entity of the ego.
Now the mind is speaking.
- Osho

"Being practical" is the antithesis of having faith and love.
"Being practical" is an expression of fear.
When you live from love and faith, you will be compassionate,
confident, and loving -- and no longer feel the need to "be practical."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Overflowing Cup of Tea:
The Zen Master poured his visitor's teacup full, and then kept pouring.
The visitor watched until he could no longer restrain himself.
"It is overfull. No more will go in!"
"Like this cup," the Zen Master said,
"you are full of your own opinions and assumptions.
How can you learn truth until you first empty your cup?"
- Traditional Zen Koan

Once you respect yourself, there is no longer
any reason to disrespect anyone else.
Once you are confident of your own worthiness,
the worthiness of others ceases to be an issue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Walking takes longer...
than any other known form of locomotion except crawling.
Thus it stretches time and prolongs life.
Life is already too short to waste on speed.
- Edward Abbey

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Americans no longer look to government for economic security;
rather,
they look to their portfolios.
- Bill Owens

In today's world, it is no longer unimaginable to think
that business can operate -
and even thrive -
in an environmentally-friendly manner.
- Olympia Snowe

And you know, the baby boomers are getting older,
and those off the rack clothes are just not fitting right any longer,
and so, tailor-made suits are coming back into fashion.
- Amy Irving

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness.
When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe.
You relinquish that position to your children.
- Jessica Lange

Never tell a secret to a bride or a groom;
wait until they have been married longer.
- Edgar Watson Howe

We are all "neighbors."
Our world has gotten too small for us to be anything else.
We can no longer have "us" and "them" - friends and enemies.
A person from Iraq, or Russia, or Columbia is
no more a stranger or enemy than a person from across town.
A few people everywhere are troublemakers.
Every religion provokes a few people to become extremists.
Do we need police around the globe? Unfortunately, we always will.
Do we need war? Does that question even deserve an answer?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
- James Feibleman

Recounting of a life story, a mind thinking aloud leads
one inevitably to the consideration of problems which
are no longer psychological but spiritual.
- Paul Tournier

Expectation (demand) is always a cause of suffering.
Rather than "expecting" to be repaid
when we "loan" something to someone,
consider the "loans" we make to be forward payments
for the "loans" we received from
our ancestors, nurturers and others.
Request that any "loan" that we make be repaid FORWARD,
when the recipient is able,
and then completely forget about the "loan."
It is no longer our business if, when, or how
the "loan" is repaid - or is not repaid.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is
a jay and which is a sparrow,
he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
- Eric Berne

It's not that I'm so smart,
it's just that I stay with problems longer.
- Albert Einstein

In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent.
We are no longer in the past, we have arrived.
- Knut Hamsun

Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.
- Winston Churchill

From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back.
That is the point that must be reached.
- Franz Kafka

That no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted,
or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view,
any longer than it depends wholly upon voluntary support.
- Lysander Spooner

When we can find some humor in our upsets,
they no longer seem as large or as important as they once did.
- Allen Klein

I am in no mood to be deceived any longer by the crafty
devil and false character whose greatest pleasure is
to take advantage of everyone.
- Camille Claudel

We are like boxers, one never knows how much longer one has.
- Clint Eastwood

I am not interested in women just because they're women.
I am interested, however, in seeing that they are no
longer classed with children and minors.
- Crystal Eastman

Thinking no longer means anymore than checking at each
moment whether one can indeed think.
- Theodor Adorno

I speak English, so I am no longer cute.
My tongue itches for French.
- Anna Held

Set me a task in which I can put something of my very self,
and it is a task no longer; it is joy;
it is art.
- Bliss Carman

The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying,
'Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.'
She's got a baseball bat and yelling,
'You want a piece of me?'
- Robin Williams

It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures;
by this time,
I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.
- Alice Walker


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