To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.
In the realm of human destiny, the depth of man's questionings is more important than his answers.
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.
There's no such thing as a grown up person.
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
What is Man? A miserable little pile of secrets.
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.
The terrible thing about death is that it transforms life into destiny.
To love a painting is to feel that this presence is ... not an object but a voice.
A political leader is necessarily an imposter since he believes in solving life's problems without asking its question.
There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.
He who has dreamed for long resembles his dream.
The twenty-first century will be spiritual or it will not be.
If you can't make art, make your life a work of art.
And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own.
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.
Man knows that the world is not made on a human scale; and he wishes that it were.
One cannot create an art that speaks to men when one has nothing to say.
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.
An art book is a museum without walls.
The true painter strives to paint what can only be seen through his world.
All art is a revolt against man's fate.
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.
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