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I paint objects as I think them not as I see them.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter.

A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of man's mind.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Italian painter, sculptor and architect.

If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist.

Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.


I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.

Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) Spanish surrealist painter.

Drawing is speaking to the eye; talking is painting to the ear.

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French moralist.

The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.

Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859) English politician, essayist and poet.

What a strange vanity painting is; it attracts admiration by resembling the original, we do not admire.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist and philosopher.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter.