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Diane Arbus Quote: “A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”

A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.

— Diane Arbus



Diane Arbus Quote: “My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.”

My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.”

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.”

Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do – that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.”

I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do – that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “The world is full of fictional characters looking for their stories.”

The world is full of fictional characters looking for their stories.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. It’s what I’ve never seen before that I recognize.”

Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. It’s what I’ve never seen before that I recognize.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “We stand on a precipice, then before a chasm, and as we wait it becomes higher, wider, deeper, but I am crazy enough to think it doesn’t matter which way we leap because when we leap we will have learned to fly. Is that blasphemy or faith?”

We stand on a precipice, then before a chasm, and as we wait it becomes higher, wider, deeper, but I am crazy enough to think it doesn’t matter which way we leap because when we leap we will have learned to fly. Is that blasphemy or faith?

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “We’ve all got an identity. You can’t avoid it. It’s what’s left when you take everything else away.”

We’ve all got an identity. You can’t avoid it. It’s what’s left when you take everything else away.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “I think all families are creepy in a way.”

I think all families are creepy in a way.

— Diane Arbus



Diane Arbus Quote: “Take pictures of what you fear.”

Take pictures of what you fear.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “If you scrutinize reality closely enough, if in some way you really, really get to it, it becomes fantastic.”

If you scrutinize reality closely enough, if in some way you really, really get to it, it becomes fantastic.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “I mean, if you’ve ever spoken to someone with two heads, you know they know something you don’t.”

I mean, if you’ve ever spoken to someone with two heads, you know they know something you don’t.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “There’s a kind of power thing about the camera. I mean everyone knows you’ve got some edge. You’re carrying some magic which does something to them. It fixes them in a way.”

There’s a kind of power thing about the camera. I mean everyone knows you’ve got some edge. You’re carrying some magic which does something to them. It fixes them in a way.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “And the revelation was a little like what saints receive on mountains – a further chapter in the history of the mystery.”

And the revelation was a little like what saints receive on mountains – a further chapter in the history of the mystery.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “The thing that’s important to know is that you never know. You’re always sort of feeling your way.”

The thing that’s important to know is that you never know. You’re always sort of feeling your way.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “I’m very little drawn to photographing people that are known or even subjects that are known. They fascinate me when I’ve barely heard of them.”

I’m very little drawn to photographing people that are known or even subjects that are known. They fascinate me when I’ve barely heard of them.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “I tend to think of the act of photographing, generally speaking, as an adventure. My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.”

I tend to think of the act of photographing, generally speaking, as an adventure. My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “Ladies and Gentlemen, take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice.

— Diane Arbus


Diane Arbus Quote: “Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”

Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.

— Diane Arbus


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