To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
There's no such thing as a grown up person.
In the realm of human destiny, the depth of man's questionings is more important than his answers.
A political leader is necessarily an imposter since he believes in solving life's problems without asking its question.
The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without 'playing up' to anyone - even to himself.
Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought, which, in the coarse or centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved
Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.
The terrible thing about death is that it transforms life into destiny.
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.
What is Man? A miserable little pile of secrets.
To love a painting is to feel that this presence is ... not an object but a voice.
The twenty-first century will be spiritual or it will not be.
He who has dreamed for long resembles his dream.
There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.
And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own.
One cannot create an art that speaks to men when one has nothing to say.
The most important thing in life is to see to it that you are never beaten.
There are not fifty ways of fighting, there's only one, and that's to win. Neither revolution nor war consists in doing what one pleases.
Just as a musician loves music and not nightingales, and a poet loves poetry and not sunsets, a painter is not primarily a person who responds to figures and landscapes. He is primarily one who loves pictures.
All art is a revolt against man's fate.
The true painter strives to paint what can only be seen through his world.
An art book is a museum without walls.
In so far as he is a creator, the artist does not belong to a social group already moulded by a culture, but to a culture which he is by way of building up.
Surely that little pseudo-gothic church on Broadway, hidden amongst the skyscrapers, is symbolic of the age! On the whole face of the globe the civilization that has conquered it has failed to build a temple or a tomb.
The crucial discovery was made that, in order to become painting, the universe seen by the artist had to become a private one created by himself.
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