8. "A picture must possess a real power to generate light, and for a long time now I've been conscious of expressing myself through light, or rather in light."
12. "In art, truth and reality begin when you no longer understand anything you do or know and there remains in you an energy, that much stronger for being balanced by opposition, compressed, condensed. Then you must present it with the greatest humility."
16. "With greater completeness and abstraction, I have attained a form filtered to its essentials."
18. "From the first shock of the contemplation of a face depends the principal sensation which guides me throughout the entire execution of a portrait."
20. "I do not repudiate any of my paintings, but there is not one of them that I would not redo differently."
23. "It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color - not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression."
25. "Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play."
27. "I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me."
29. "The sign is determined at the moment I use it and for the object of which it must form a part. For this reason I cannot determine in advance signs which never change, and which would be like writing: that would paralyze the freedom of my invention."
30. "You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover."
32. "I am simply conscious of the forces I am using and I am driven on by an idea that I really only grasp as it grows with the picture."
34. "All that is not useful in a picture is detrimental. A work of art must be harmonious in its entirety; for superfluous details would, in the mind of the beholder, encroach upon the essential elements."
36. "In art, the genuine creator is not just a gifted being, but a person who has succeeded in arranging for their appointed end, a complex of activities, of which the work is the outcome."
37. "From Bonheur de Vivre - I was thirty-five then - to this cut-out - I am eighty-two - I have not changed; not in the way my friends mean who want to compliment me, no matter what, on my good health, but because all this time I have looked for the same things, which I have perhaps realized by different means."
39. "Remember, a line cannot exist alone; it always brings a companion along. Do remember that one line does nothing; it is only in relation to another that it creates a volume."
41. "Hatred, rancor, and the spirit of vengeance are useless baggage to the artist. His road is difficult enough for him to cleanse his soul of everything which could make it more so."