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Edgar Degas Quotes

Edgar Degas Quote: “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “The true traveler never arrives.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “You must aim high, not in what you are going to do at some future date, but in what you are going to make yourself do to-day. Otherwise, working is just a waste of time.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Make a drawing. Start it all over again, trace it. Start it and trace it again.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “The Dance instills in you something that sets you apart. Something heroic and remote.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one’s memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Instantaneity is photography.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Only two of my personalities are schizophrenic, but one of them is paranoid and the other one is out to get him. Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “The secret is to follow the advice the masters give you in their works while doing something different from them.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “There is a kind of success that is indistinguishable from panic.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “There are some women who should barely be spoken to; they should only be caressed.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Taste! It doesn’t exist. An artist makes beautiful things without being aware of it.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Your pictures would have been finished a long time ago if I were not forced every day to do something to earn money.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “There is no such thing as Intelligence; one has intelligence of this or that. One must have intelligence only for what one is doing.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “The museums are here to teach the history of art and something more as well, for, if they stimulate in the weak a desire to imitate, they furnish the strong with the means of their emancipation.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “An artist must approach his work in the spirit of the criminal about to commit a crime.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “What a horrible thing yellow is.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “There is love, and there is work; and we have only one heart.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “It is people’s movement that consoles us. If the leaves of a tree did not move, how sad would be the tree – and so should we.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “People call me the painter of dancing girls. It has never occurred to them that my chief interest in dancers lies in rendering movement and painting pretty clothes.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Drawing is the artist’s most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “If I were in the government I would have a brigade of policemen assigned to keeping an eye on people who paint landscapes outdoors. Oh, I wouldn’t want anyone killed. I’d be satisfied with just a little buckshot to begin with.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “People call me the painter of dancers, but I really wish to capture movement itself.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “I always urged my contemporaries to look for interest and inspiration to the development and study of drawing, but they would not listen. They thought the road to salvation lay by the way of colour.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “A man is an artist only at certain moments, by an effort of will. Objects have the same appearance for everybody.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “If I could have had my own way, I would have confined myself to black and white.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “It requires courage to make a frontal attack on nature through the broad planes and the large lines and it is cowardly to do it by the facets and details. It is a battle.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “You have to have a high conception, not of what you are doing, but of what you may do one day: without that, there’s no point in working.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “I want to be famous but unknown!”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Conversation in real life is full of half-finished sentences and overlapping talk. Why shouldn’t painting be too?”
Edgar Degas Quote: “So that’s the telephone? They ring, and you run.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “And even this heart of mine has something artificial. The dancers have sewn it into a bag of pink satin, pink satin slightly faded, like their dancing shoes.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Muses work all day long and then at night get together and dance.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “I feel as a horse must feel when the beautiful cup is given to the jockey.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Women can never forgive me; they hate me, they feel that I am disarming them. I show them without their coquetry.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “The frame is the pimp of painting; it enhances it, but it must never shine at the painting’s expense.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “If painting weren’t so difficult, it wouldn’t be fun.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Even in front of nature one must compose.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “I’m glad I haven’t found my style yet. I’d be bored to death.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Truth is never ugly when one can find in it what one needs.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Nothing in art should seem accidental, not even movement.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “I really have a lot of stuff in my head; if only there were insurance companies for that as there are for so many things.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “The fascinating thing, is not to show the source of light, but the effect of light.”
Edgar Degas Quote: “Boredom soon overcomes me when I am contemplating nature.”
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