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Max Beckmann Quotes and Sayings

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I hardly need to abstract things, for each object is unreal enough already,
so unreal that I can only make it real by means of painting.
- Max Beckmann

What are you? What am I? Those are the questions that
constantly persecute and torment me and perhaps also
play some part in my art.
- Max Beckmann

I believe the reason I love painting so much is that
it forces one to be objective.
- Max Beckmann

I passed blindly many things which belong to real and political life.
- Max Beckmann

 

What I want to show in my work is the idea which hides
itself behind so-called reality.
- Max Beckmann

I do not weep: I loathe tears, for they are a sign of slavery.
- Max Beckmann

Painting is a very difficult thing.
It absorbs the whole man, body and soul,
thus have I passed blindly many things which belong
to real and political life.
- Max Beckmann

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Art is creative for the sake of realization,
not for amusement...
for transfiguration, not for the sake of play.
- Max Beckmann

I am seeking for the bridge which leans from the visible
to the invisible through reality.
- Max Beckmann

Space, and space again, is the infinite deity which
surrounds us and in which we are ourselves contained.
- Max Beckmann

There is nothing I hate more than sentimentality.
- Max Beckmann

One of my problems is to find the self.
- Max Beckmann

Painting constantly appeared to me as the one and only possible achievement.
- Max Beckmann

It was so wonderful outside that even the wild senselessness of this enormous death,
whose music I hear again and again, could not disturb
me from my great enjoyment!
- Max Beckmann

I believe that the reason why I love painting so much
is that it forces one to be objective.
There is nothing I hate more than sentimentality.
- Max Beckmann

I think only of objects: of a leg or an arm,
of the wonderful sense of foreshortening,
breaking through the plane, of the division of space,
of the combination of straight lines in relation to curved ones.
- Max Beckmann

I went across the fields to avoid the straight highways,
along the firing lines where people were shooting at a small wooded hill,
which is now covered with wooden crosses and lines
of graves instead of spring flowers.
- Max Beckmann

Height, width, and depth are the three phenomena which
I must transfer into one plane to form the abstract surface of the picture,
and thus to protect myself from the infinity of space.
- Max Beckmann

On my left the shooting had the sharp explosion of the infantry artillery,
on my right could be heard the sporadic cannon shots
thundering from the front,
and up above the sky was clear and the sun bright.
- Max Beckmann

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

It is hardly possible to build anything,
if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.
- Lech Walesa

We hardly ever realize that we can
cut anything out of our lives,
anytime, in the blink of an eye.
- Carlos Castaneda

Hardly a man in the world has an opinion
upon morals, political, or religion
which he got otherwise than
through his associations and sympathies.
- Mark Twain

Business, you know, may bring money,
but friendship hardly ever does.
- Jane Austen

This overcoming of all the usual barriers
between the individual and the Absolute
is the great mystic achievement.
In mystic states we both become one with the Absolute
and we become aware of our oneness.
This is the everlasting and triumphant mystical tradition,
hardly altered by differences of clime or creed.
- William James

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition.
The immature mind often mistakes one for the other,
or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy -
in fact, they're almost incompatible;
one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.
Both at once can produce unbearable turmoil.
- Robert Heinlein

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be 21, I was astonished
at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
- Mark Twain

Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation.
- Albert Schweitzer

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his
40s shouldn't play tennis.
I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait
until I reached 50 to start again.
- Hugo Black

I have hardly seen my baby for six weeks;
have been at the office from nine A.M.
to eleven P.M.
regularly.
- Franklin Knight Lane

As to happiness in this life it is hardly compatible
with that diminished respect which ever attends the relinquishing of labour.
- Anthony Trollope

A picture is worth 10K words - but only those to describe the picture.
Hardly any sets of 10K words can be adequately described with pictures.
- Alan Perlis

I wanted to make a film about stupid people that was
very vulgar and deeply stupid.
From that moment on I can hardly be reproached for
making a film that is about stupid people.
- Claude Chabrol

A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns,
must show no emotion.
Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is
hardly worth troubling about.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

Sex is hardly ever just about sex.
- Shirley MacLaine

The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.
- Yogi Berra

I have hardly any friends who aren't gay.
- Tracey Emin

Ceremony leads her bigots forth, prepared to fight for shadows of no worth.
While truths, on which eternal things depend,
can hardly find a single friend.
- William Cowper

I hardly teach.
It's more like a gathering of minds looking at one
subject and learning from each other.
I enjoy the process.
- Fay Godwin

It hardly seems worthwhile to point out the shortsightedness
of those practitioners who would have us believe that
the form of the poem is merely its shape.
- Mark Strand

Make food a very incidental part of your life by filling
your life so full of meaningful things that you'll
hardly have time to think about food.
- Peace Pilgrim

There is hardly a political question in the United
States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

When he asked me, with obvious self-satisfaction,
what I thought of the scenario, I hardly knew how to answer.
I asked if he had seen the play and was hardly surprised when he said no.
- Elmer Rice

Those hot pants of hers were so damned tight,
I could hardly breathe.
- Benny Hill

I guess I'm not that aware of such a big fan base.
I have a few core people who write me no matter what I'm doing,
but I hardly have sacks of mail being dropped on my door!
- Julie Bowen

I'm hardly a saint.
- Frank Langella

Once, I had so many scripts coming to me that I could hardly read them all.
- Greta Scacchi

My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player
in a whorehouse or a politician.
And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference.
- Harry S. Truman

Companies are not charitable enterprises:
They hire workers to make profits.
In the United States, this logic still works.
In Europe, it hardly does.
- Paul Samuelson

I was so emotional.
Choked up.
I could hardly talk all day.
I'll be cleaning out my trailer and saying goodbye soon,
realizing what a wonderful experience this has been.
- Dennis Franz

I hardly remember how I started to write poetry.
It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
- David Antin

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

We could hardly wait to get up in the morning.
- Wilbur Wright

If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles,
one would hardly see anybody.
- Agatha Christie

I was working all the time I was in college.
I was working so much that I could hardly do my college work.
- Les Baxter

A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting
to the dwellers in civilization;
like the gentle air of a genial climate,
it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.
- Walter Bagehot

I hardly ever go out when I'm home.
- Brooke Burke

There hardly can be a greater difference between any two men,
than there too often is, between the same man,
a lover and a husband.
- Samuel Richardson

You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women,
but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.
- Erica Jong

A friend is long sought, hardly found,
and with difficulty kept.
- St.
Jerome

I'll tell you what I love doing more than anything:
trying to pack myself in a small suitcase.
I can hardly contain myself.
- Tim Vine

Adversity is the trial of principle.
Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
- Henry Fielding

The questions are scientific, but the UN answers are political.
The global warming debate is hardly about science.
- Allen Simmons

There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins.
Nearly always one side stands more of less for progress,
the other side more or less for reaction.
- George Orwell

How the early priests came into possession of these secrets does not appear,
and if there were ever any records of this kind the
Church would hardly allow them to become public.
- Harry Houdini

You're asking the wrong girl about fame.
I'm hardly famous.
I wouldn't want to trade places with anyone else.
- Nikki Cox

It can hardly be denied that such a demand quite arbitrarily
limits the facts which are to be admitted as possible
causes of the events which occur in the real world.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

I grew up years ago doing something that unfortunately
doesn't hardly exist any more,
a medium called Radio.
- Robert Stack

I'm very strict with my packing and have everything in its right place.
I never change a rule.
I hardly use anything in the hotel room.
I wheel my own wardrobe in and that's it.
- Charlie Watts

Between us and the writers, it was comedy hour the whole time.
We could hardly get through it.
- Buddy Rice

Conversely, I came to realize that being good at something
is hardly a reason to avoid doing it.
- Eric Allin Cornell


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