Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential.

Bruce Lee


For the poet is a light winged and holy thing, and there is no invention in him until he has been inspired and is out of his senses and the mind is no longer with him. When he has not attained this state he is powerless and unable to utter his oracles.



The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.

Vincent Van Gogh


It is important to express oneself...provided the feelings are real and are taken from your own experience.

Berthe Morisot


There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.

Pablo Picasso


The best way I know how to protect an idea, is to tell everyone I know about it.

MOMA curator


The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.

Vincent Van Gogh


What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things . . . it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface.



I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.'

Vincent Van Gogh


The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

Francis Bacon


If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.