Pablo Picasso

Quotes by Pablo Picasso

Presented by Charles L Harmon of Yolky Duck

The Chicago Picasso

The Chicago Picasso a 50′ high public Cubist sculpture. Donated by Picasso to the people of Chicago: Click image to enlarge.

Here are a few quotes by Pablo Picasso or attributed to him.

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An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought. – Pablo Picasso

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Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it? – Pablo Picasso

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Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. – Pablo Picasso

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Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs. – Pablo Picasso

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Art is the elimination of the unnecessary. – Pablo Picasso

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Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. – Pablo Picasso

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Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.- – Pablo Picasso

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Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. – Pablo Picasso

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Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. – Pablo Picasso

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Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. – Pablo Picasso

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Every positive value has its price in negative terms… the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. – Pablo Picasso

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Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one’s bath like a lump of sugar. – Pablo Picasso

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Everything you can imagine is real. – Pablo Picasso

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Give me a museum and I’ll fill it. – Pablo Picasso

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God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things. – Pablo Picasso

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Good artists copy, great artists steal. – Pablo Picasso

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Picasso  Postage stamp, USSR

Postage stamp, USSR, 1973. Picasso has been honored on stamps worldwide. : Click image to enlarge.

He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. – Pablo Picasso

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I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso

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I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. – Pablo Picasso – Pablo Picasso

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I don’t believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents. – Pablo Picasso

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I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. – Pablo Picasso

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I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money. – Pablo Picasso

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If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes. – Pablo Picasso

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Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. – Pablo Picasso

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It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction. – Pablo Picasso

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It takes a long time to become young. – Pablo Picasso

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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. – Pablo Picasso

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Love is the greatest refreshment in life. – Pablo Picasso

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One must act in painting as in life, directly. – Pablo Picasso

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Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. – Pablo Picasso

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Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. – Pablo Picasso

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Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen. – Pablo Picasso

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Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. – Pablo Picasso

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Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. – Pablo Picasso

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The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. – Pablo Picasso

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The chief enemy of creativity is “good” sense. – Pablo Picasso

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The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? – Pablo Picasso

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There are only two types of women – goddesses and doormats. – Pablo Picasso

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To draw you must close your eyes and sing. – Pablo Picasso

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To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture. – Pablo Picasso

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Pablo Picasso famous artist

Pablo Picasso in 1962

To make oneself hated is more difficult than to make oneself loved. – Pablo Picasso

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What is a face, really? Its own photo? Its make-up? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter? That which is in front? Inside? Behind? And the rest? Doesn’t everyone look at himself in his own particular way? Deformations simply do not exist. – Pablo Picasso

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Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter? – Pablo Picasso

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Work is a necessity for man. Man invented the alarm clock. – Pablo Picasso

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