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M.C. Escher Quote: “My work is a game, a very serious game.”

My work is a game, a very serious game.

— M.C. Escher



M.C. Escher Quote: “We adore chaos because we love to produce order.”

We adore chaos because we love to produce order.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?”

Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen.”

So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “I don’t use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.”

I don’t use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.”

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “I could fill an entire second life with working on my prints.”

I could fill an entire second life with working on my prints.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “The things I want to express are so beautiful and pure.”

The things I want to express are so beautiful and pure.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “I don’t grow up. In me is the small child of my early days.”

I don’t grow up. In me is the small child of my early days.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “Simplicity and order are, if not the principal, then certainly the most important guidelines for human beings in general.”

Simplicity and order are, if not the principal, then certainly the most important guidelines for human beings in general.

— M.C. Escher



M.C. Escher Quote: “I might be in the basement. I’ll go upstairs and check.”

I might be in the basement. I’ll go upstairs and check.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “Wonder is the salt of the earth.”

Wonder is the salt of the earth.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “Hands, are the most honest part of the human body, they cannot lie as laughing eyes and the mouth can.”

Hands, are the most honest part of the human body, they cannot lie as laughing eyes and the mouth can.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “A woman once rang me up and said, ‘Mr. Escher, I am absolutely crazy about your work. In your print -Reptiles- you have given such a striking illustration of reincarnation.’ I replied, ‘Madam, if that’s the way you see it, so be it.’”

A woman once rang me up and said, ‘Mr. Escher, I am absolutely crazy about your work. In your print -Reptiles- you have given such a striking illustration of reincarnation.’ I replied, ‘Madam, if that’s the way you see it, so be it.’

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “Originality is merely an illusion.”

Originality is merely an illusion.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “It is human nature to want to exchange ideas, and I believe that, at bottom, every artist wants no more than to tell the world what he has to say.”

It is human nature to want to exchange ideas, and I believe that, at bottom, every artist wants no more than to tell the world what he has to say.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “I am a graphic artist heart and soul, though I find the term artist rather embarrassing.”

I am a graphic artist heart and soul, though I find the term artist rather embarrassing.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “I am always wandering around in enigmas. There are young people who constantly come to tell me: you, too, are making Op Art. I haven’t the slightest idea what that is, Op Art. I’ve been doing this work for thirty years now.”

I am always wandering around in enigmas. There are young people who constantly come to tell me: you, too, are making Op Art. I haven’t the slightest idea what that is, Op Art. I’ve been doing this work for thirty years now.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “I think I have never yet done any work with the aim of symbolizing a particular idea, but the fact that a symbol is sometimes discovered or remarked upon is valuable for me because it makes it easier to accept the inexplicable nature of my hobbies, which constantly preoccupy me.”

I think I have never yet done any work with the aim of symbolizing a particular idea, but the fact that a symbol is sometimes discovered or remarked upon is valuable for me because it makes it easier to accept the inexplicable nature of my hobbies, which constantly preoccupy me.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “What I give form to in daylight is only one per cent of what I have seen in darkness.”

What I give form to in daylight is only one per cent of what I have seen in darkness.

— M.C. Escher



M.C. Escher Quote: “I believe that producing pictures, as I do, is almost solely a question of wanting so very much to do it well.”

I believe that producing pictures, as I do, is almost solely a question of wanting so very much to do it well.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “Science and art sometimes can touch one another, like two pieces of the jigsaw puzzle which is our human life, and that contact may be made across the boderline between the two respective domains.”

Science and art sometimes can touch one another, like two pieces of the jigsaw puzzle which is our human life, and that contact may be made across the boderline between the two respective domains.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “I might be in the basement. I’ll go upstairs and check. We adore chaos because we love to produce order. I don’t use drugs; my dreams are frightening enough.”

I might be in the basement. I’ll go upstairs and check. We adore chaos because we love to produce order. I don’t use drugs; my dreams are frightening enough.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am.”

To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “There is something breathtaking about the basic laws of crystals. They are in no sense a discovery of the human mind; they just “are” – they exist quite independently of us. The most that man can do is become aware, in a moment of clarity, that they are there, and take cognizance of them.”

There is something breathtaking about the basic laws of crystals. They are in no sense a discovery of the human mind; they just “are” – they exist quite independently of us. The most that man can do is become aware, in a moment of clarity, that they are there, and take cognizance of them.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important.”

At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “Drawing is deception.”

Drawing is deception.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “I try in my prints to testify that we live in a beautiful and orderly world, and not in a formless chaos, as it sometimes seems.”

I try in my prints to testify that we live in a beautiful and orderly world, and not in a formless chaos, as it sometimes seems.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “I can’t keep from fooling around with our irrefutable certainties. It is, for example, a pleasure knowingly to mix up two and three dimensionalities, flat and spatial, and to make fun of gravity.”

I can’t keep from fooling around with our irrefutable certainties. It is, for example, a pleasure knowingly to mix up two and three dimensionalities, flat and spatial, and to make fun of gravity.

— M.C. Escher


M.C. Escher Quote: “As far as I know, there is no proof whatever of the existence of an objective reality apart from our senses, and I do not see why we should accept the outside world as such solely by virtue of our senses.”

As far as I know, there is no proof whatever of the existence of an objective reality apart from our senses, and I do not see why we should accept the outside world as such solely by virtue of our senses.

— M.C. Escher

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