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75 Quotes on Creativity by Pablo Picasso

Great Quotes by Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish sculptor, painter, ceramicist, print-maker, stage designer, poet as well as playwright. He was the one of the supreme as well as most prominent artists of 20th century. He was the co-creator of Cubism as well. Below are some of his famous quotes.

  1. “Good artists copy, great artists steal” - Pablo Picasso
  2. Art is the elimination of the unnecessary. ” - Pablo Picasso
  3. “It takes a long time to become young.” - Pablo Picasso
  4. “Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one’s bath like a lump of sugar.” - Pablo Picasso
  5. “Now there is fame! Of all — hunger, misery, the incomprehension by the public — fame is by far the worst. It is the castigation of God by the artist. It is sad. It is true.” - Pablo Picasso
  6. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” - Pablo Picasso
  7. “I paint objects as I think them not as I see them.” - Pablo Picasso
  8. “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
  9. “What one does is what counts and not what one had the intention of doing.” - Pablo Picasso
  10. “Everything you can imagine is real.” - Pablo Picasso
  11. “What might be taken for a precocious genius is the genius of childhood. When the child grows up, it disappears without a trace. It may happen that this boy will become a real painter some day, or even a great painter. But then he will have to begin everything again, from zero.” - Pablo Picasso
  12. “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” - Pablo Picasso
  13. “Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.” - Pablo Picasso
  14. “Unless your work gives you trouble, it is no good.” - Pablo Picasso
  15. “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” - Pablo Picasso
  16. “Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting.” - Pablo Picasso
  17. “I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.” - Pablo Picasso
  18. “Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.” - Pablo Picasso
  19. “He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.” - Pablo Picasso
  20. “It is personality with a penny’s worth of talent. Error which chances to rise above the commonplace.” - Pablo Picasso
  21. “Disciples be damned. It’s not interesting. It’s only the masters that matter. Those who create.” - Pablo Picasso
  22. “Museums are just a lot of lies, and the people who make art their business are mostly imposters. We have infected the pictures in museums with all our stupidities, all our mistakes, all our poverty of spirit. We have turned them into petty and ridiculous things.” - Pablo Picasso
  23. “To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.” - Pablo Picasso
  24. “Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” - Pablo Picasso
  25. “It is your work in life that is your ultimate seduction.” - Pablo Picasso
  26. “Drawing is a kind of hypnotism: one looks in such a way at the model, that he comes and takes a seat on the paper.” - Pablo Picasso
  27. “The chief enemy of creativity is good taste.” - Pablo Picasso
  28. “I who have been involved with all styles of painting can assure you that the only things that fluctuate are the waves of fashion which carry the snobs and speculators; the number of true connoisseurs remains more or less the same.” - Pablo Picasso
  29. “The more technique you have, the less you have to worry about it. The more technique there is, the less there is.” - Pablo Picasso
  30. “Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.” - Pablo Picasso
  31. “Drink to me.” - Pablo Picasso
  32. “Accidents, try to change them — it’s impossible. The accidental reveals man.” - Pablo Picasso
  33. “We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.” - Pablo Picasso
  34. “Through art we express our conception of what nature is not.” - Pablo Picasso
  35. “Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.” - Pablo Picasso
  36. “I do not seek, I find.” - Pablo Picasso
  37. “If everybody is looking for it, then nobody is finding it. If we were cultured, we would not be conscious of lacking culture. We would regard it as something natural and would not make so much fuss about it. And if we knew the real value of this word we would be cultured enough not to give it so much importance.” - Pablo Picasso
  38. “Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.” - Pablo Picasso
  39. “Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.” - Pablo Picasso
  40. “Is there anything more dangerous than sympathetic understanding?” - Pablo Picasso
  41. “An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.” - Pablo Picasso
  42. “My mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier you’ll be a general; if you become a monk you’ll end up as the Pope.’ Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” - Pablo Picasso
  43. “When you start with a portrait and search for a pure form, a clear volume, through successive eliminations, you arrive inevitably at the egg. Likewise, starting with the egg and following the same process in reverse, one finishes with the portrait.” - Pablo Picasso
  44. “One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite — that particular peach is but a detail.” - Pablo Picasso
  45. “Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.” - Pablo Picasso
  46. “I have a horror of people who speak about the beautiful. What is the beautiful? One must speak of problems in painting!” - Pablo Picasso
  47. “The people who make art their business are mostly impostors.” - Pablo Picasso
  48. “The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.” - Pablo Picasso
  49. “If I spit, they will take my spit and frame it as great art.” - Pablo Picasso
  50. “Matisse makes a drawing, then he makes a copy of it. He recopies it five times, ten times, always clarifying the line. He’s convinced that the last, the most stripped down, is the best, the purest, the definitive one; and in fact, most of the time, it was the first. In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt.” - Pablo Picasso
  51. “Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.” - Pablo Picasso
  52. “I don’t believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents. ” - Pablo Picasso
  53. “Work is necessary for man. Man invented the alarm clock.” - Pablo Picasso
  54. “Often while reading a book one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write; one can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person, as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and colors.” - Pablo Picasso
  55. “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” - Pablo Picasso
  56. “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
  57. “If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.” - Pablo Picasso
  58. “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
  59. “Youth has no age.” - Pablo Picasso
  60. “God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things.” - Pablo Picasso
  61. “You mustn’t always believe what I say. Questions tempt you to tell lies, particularly when there is no answer.” - Pablo Picasso
  62. “One must act in painting as in life, directly.” - Pablo Picasso
  63. “We must not discriminate between things. Where things are concerned there are no class distinctions. We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it.” - Pablo Picasso
  64. “It means nothing to me. I have no opinion about it, and I don’t care.” - Pablo Picasso
  65. “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
  66. “This idea of art for art’s sake is a hoax.” - Pablo Picasso
  67. “People want Art. And they are given it. But the less Art there is in painting the more painting there is.” - Pablo Picasso
  68. “By amusing myself with all these games, all this nonsense, all these picture puzzles, I became famous… I am only a public entertainer who has understood his time.” - Pablo Picasso
  69. “Enough of Art. It’s Art that kills us. People no longer want to do painting: they make art.” - Pablo Picasso
  70. “A picture lives by its legend – not by anything else.” - Pablo Picasso
  71. “There are artists 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
  72. “For my part, I can’t do anything else but what I am doing.” - Pablo Picasso
  73. “Academic training in beauty is a sham. We have been so deceived, but so well deceived that we can scarcely get back even a shadow of the truth.” - Pablo Picasso
  74. “People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.” - Pablo Picasso
  75. “Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.” - Pablo Picasso

The above were few artistic quotes by Pablo Picasso. If you have more quote by Pablo Picasso other than the ones mentioned above, do feel free to share them through your comments.