When I go out into the countryside and see the sun and the green and everything flowering, I say to myself "Yes indeed, all that belongs to me!"
Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.
The universe was born restless and has never since been still.
I felt before I thought
We are the two great painters of this era; you are in the Egyptian style, I in themodern style. (to Pablo Picasso)
God created man in his own image. And man, being a gentleman, returned the favor.
I have always believed that good is only beauty put into practice.
The landscapist lives in silence.
It is often said that my heart is too open for my own good.
Luxury... corrupts at once rich and poor, the rich by possession and the poor by covetousness.
The first man to fence in a piece of land, saying "this is mine" and who found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.
The interest and the feelings are not due to colors; the lines of a painting that move us move us even more in a print.
Cities are the sinks of the human race.
It is not the criminal things which are hardest to confess, but the ridiculous and shameful.
From the first moment of life, men ought to begin learning to deserve to live.
The more humanity owes the poor man, the more society denies him.
It is not I that am drawing, it is this thing at the end of my hand.
Nature's instructions are always slow; those of men are generally premature.
Little privations are easily endured when the heart is better treated than the body.
Hatred as well as love, renders its votaries credulous.
If a king tries to start a war, a mother should go to him and forbid it.
The severity of penalties is only a vain resource, invented by little minds in order to substitute terror for that respect which they have no means of obtaining.
The principal problem I had during the five years I ran the Caisse - and I bet you that it will be the same problem for my successor - is the retention, recruitment and training of competent personnel.
I cannot now change my style, which I acquired, as you can imagine, by dint of labour.
Politeness requires this thing; decorum that; ceremony has its forms, and fashion its laws, and these must always follow, never the promptings of our own nature.
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