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- "For a long time I limited myself to one colour — as a form of discipline."
- Simple: For a long time I used only one main colour when I painted, to train myself.
- "It means nothing to me. I have no opinion about it, and I don't care."
- Simple: I don't care or have any thought about it.
- "People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree."
- "Painting isn't an aesthetic operation; it's a form of magic designed as mediator between this strange hostile world and us."
- "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
- Simple: All children are artists. The problem is how to stay an artist when the child grows up.
- What it means: When you grow up, you lose the creativity you had when you were a child.
- On his "blue" and "rose" periods, from Picasso on Art
- On the first moon landing, The New York Times
- Picasso on Art (1988) edited by Dore Ashton
- The Golden Ratio by Mario Livio, p. 159
- Quoted in Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Time. Laurence J. Peter. Bantam Books, New York NY, USA. 1977/1979. Page 25.