1. “If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”
— Eleanora Duse
2. “All that I have to offer as an artist is the revelation of my soul.”
3. “I have the greatest of all riches: that of not desiring them.”
4. “When we grow old, there can only be one regret – not to have given enough of ourselves.”
5. “The weaker partner in a marriage is the one who loves the most.”
6. “If I had my will, I would live in a ship on the sea and never come nearer to humanity than that!”
7. “Ibsen is like this room where we are sitting, with all the tables and chairs. Do I care whether you have twenty or twenty-five links on your chain? Hedda Gabler, Nora and the rest: it is not that I want! I want Rome and the Coliseum, the Acropolis, Athens; I want beauty, and the flame of life.”
8. “Anyone who presumes to teach art has no understanding of it.”
9. “To help, to continually help and share, that is the sum of all knowledge; that is the meaning of art.”
10. “I use everything that I pick up in my memory, and everything that vibrates in my soul.”
11. “Precepts, conventions – above all traditions – have no value in art.”
12. “I did not use paint, I made myself up morally.”
13. “First one works alone through the mind, then before the public through experience.”
14. “We should return to the Greeks, play in the open air: the drama dies of stalls and boxes and evening dress, and people who come to digest their dinner.”
15. “The one happiness is to shut one’s door upon a little room, with a table before one, and to create; to create life in that isolation from life.”
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