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Quotes by Edgar - (133 quotes)

Edgar Cayce - From the Problems category:

Actually, we have no problems - we have opportunities for which we should give thanks... An error we refuse to correct has many lives. It takes courage to face one's own shortcomings, and wisdom to do something about them. (Edgar Cayce)

Edgar Degas - From the Advice category:

The secret is to follow the advice the masters give you in their works while doing something different from them. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Aging category:

Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Aging category:

-on his deathbed...
Damn, and just when I was starting to get it! (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Art category:

Art is really a battle. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Art category:

Art isn't something you marry. It's something you rape. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Beauty category:

The most beautiful things in art come from renunciation. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Boredom category:

- The Notebooks of Edgar Degas, 1858 entry...
Boredom soon overcomes me when I am contemplating nature. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Colour category:

What a horrible thing yellow is. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Commerce category:

There is too much talk and gossip; pictures are apparently made, like stock-market prices, by competition of people eager for profits... All this traffic sharpens our intelligence and falsifies our judgment. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Communication category:

Conversation in real life is full of half-finished sentences and overlapping talk. Why shouldn't painting be too? (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Communication category:

What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Composition category:

Even in front of nature one must compose. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Critics category:

They call me the painter of dancers. They don't understand that the dancer has been for me a pretext for painting pretty fabrics and for rendering movement. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Deception category:

'Art' is the same word as 'artifice,' that is to say, something deceitful. It must succeed in giving the impression of nature by false means. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Deception category:

A picture is an artificial work, outside nature. It calls for as much cunning as the commission of a crime. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Deception category:

In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Doubt category:

I felt so insufficiently equipped, so unprepared, so weak, and at the same time it seemed to me that my reflections on art were correct. I quarreled with all the world and with myself. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Drawing category:

Make a drawing, begin it again, trace it; begin it again and trace it again. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Drawing category:

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)

Edgar Degas - From the Drawing category:

Drawing is not the same as form; it is a way of seeing form. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Fame category:

I would like to be famous but unknown. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Form category:

Drawing is your understanding of form. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Fun category:

If painting weren't so difficult, it wouldn't be fun. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Future category:

One must have a high opinion of a work of art – not the work one is creating at the moment, but of that which one desires to achieve one day. Without this it is not worthwhile working. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Gender category:

Women can never forgive me; they hate me, they feel that I am disarming them. I show them without their coquetry. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Gender category:

-on Mary Cassatt...
I don't admit that a woman draws that well! (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Imagination category:

What use is my mind? Granted that it enables me to hail a bus and to pay my fare. But once I am inside my studio, what use is my mind? I have my model, my pencil, my paints. My mind doesn't interest me. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Imagination category:

A picture is first of all a product of the imagination of the artist; it must never be a copy. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Light category:

Daylight is too easy. What I want is difficult: the atmosphere of lamps or moonlight. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Masters category:

The air we see in the paintings of the old masters is never the air we breathe. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Memory category:

It is very well to copy what one sees; it's much better to draw what one has retained in one's memory. It is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Methodology category:

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Models category:

But it's true, isn't it Pauline, that people imagine that the artists and their models spend their time getting up to all sorts of obscenities? As far as work goes, well, they paint or sculpt when they are tired of enjoying themselves. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Movement category:

People call me the painter of dancers, but I really wish to capture movement itself. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Muse category:

Muses work all day long and then at night get together and dance. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Mysteries category:

A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Nudes category:

Hitherto the nude has always been represented in poses which presuppose an audience. But my women are simple, honest creatures who are concerned with nothing beyond their physical occupations... it is as if you were looking through a keyhole. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Painting category:

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Patience category:

Great patience is called for on the hard path that I have entered on. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Plein-Air category:

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)

Edgar Degas - From the Portraiture category:

Make portraits of people in typical, familiar poses, being sure above all to give their faces the same kind of expression as their bodies. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Recognition category:

-in later years...
Any reference to him in newspapers or magazines, however well meaning and favourable, threw Degas into a rage and he shut his door for good to the author. 'What a fate!' he complained, 'To be handed over to writers!' (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Rewards category:

I feel as a horse must feel when the beautiful cup is given to the jockey. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Sadness category:

...the moods of sadness that come over anyone who takes up art... these dismal moods have very little compensation. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Seeing category:

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Solitude category:

I frequently lock myself in my studio. I do not often see the people I love, and in the end I shall suffer for it... painting is one's private life. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Solitude category:

It seems to me that today if the artist wishes to be serious... he must once more sink himself in solitude. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Spontaneity category:

No art was ever less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters. Of inspiration, spontaneity and temperament I know nothing. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Truth category:

Truth is never ugly when one can find in it what one needs. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Degas - From the Tyranny category:

One reproduces only that which is striking; that is to say, the necessary. Thus, one's recollections and inventions are liberated from the tyranny which nature exerts. (Edgar Degas)

Edgar Z. Friedenberg - From the Worth category:

What we must decide is how we are valuable rather than how valuable we are. (Edgar Z. Friedenberg)

Edgar A. Guest - From the Ambition category:

You are the person who has to decide. / Whether you'll do it or toss it aside; / You are the person who makes up your mind. / Whether you'll lead or will linger behind. / Whether you'll try for the goal that's afar. / Or just be contented to stay where you are. (Edgar A. Guest)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Aging category:

A young man is a theory, an old man is a fact. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Amusement category:

The only way to amuse some people is to slip and fall on an icy pavement. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Books category:

Reading is like permitting a man to talk a long time, and refusing you the right to answer. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Business category:

Half the time men think they are talking business, they are wasting time. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Criticism category:

Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Criticism category:

The most destructive criticism is indifference. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Faith category:

If your faith is opposed to experience, to human learning and investigation, it is not worth the breath used in giving it expression. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Friendship category:

If a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Gender category:

A woman who can't forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Health category:

The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Humility category:

The great humiliation in life is to work hard on something from which you expect great appreciation, and then fail to get it. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Music category:

When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Problems category:

The way out of trouble is never as simple as the way in. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Recognition category:

A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Selling category:

When a man is trying to sell you something, don't imagine that he is polite all the time. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Silence category:

Many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Sleep category:

There is only one thing people like that is good for them; a good night's sleep. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Success category:

Every successful person I have heard of has done the best he could with the conditions as he found them, and not waited until next year for better. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Suffering category:

Everyone suffers wrongs for which there is no remedy. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Time category:

When men are not regretting that life is so short, they are doing something to kill time. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Winning category:

The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Wisdom category:

The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Watson Howe - From the Worth category:

Virtue must be valuable, if men and women of all degrees pretend to have it. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Edgar Mitchell, astronaut - From the Earth category:

My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity. (Edgar Mitchell, astronaut)

Edgar Wilson Nye - From the Drunkenness category:

- Thinks and Remarks by Bill Nye, Drunk in a Plug Hat, 1886...
The earth is convulsed with a universal sob, and the roads are muddy with tears. But I do not call to mind a more touching picture of unavailing misery and ruin, and hopeless chaos, than the plug hat that has endeavored to keep sober and maintain self-respect while its owner was drunk. (Edgar Wilson Nye)

Edgar Wilson Nye - From the Education category:

- Thinks and Remarks by Bill Nye, A Father's Letter, 1886...
My dear son - Your letter of last week reached us yesterday, and I enclose $13, which is all I have by me at the present time. I may sell the other shote next week and make up the balance of what you wanted. I will probably have to wear the old buffalo overcoat to meetings again this winter, but that don't matter so long as you are getting an education. (Edgar Wilson Nye)

Edgar Wilson Nye - From the Humility category:

-The Century magazine,1892...
We can never be a nation of snobs so long as we are willing to poke fun at ourselves. (Edgar Wilson Nye)

Edgar Wilson Nye - From the Information category:

Youth is the spring-time of life. It is the time to acquire information, so that we may show it off in after years and paralyze people with what we know. (Edgar Wilson Nye)

Edgar Wilson Nye - From the Music category:

-quoted in Mark Twain's Autobiography, 1924...
I have been told that Wagner's music is better than it sounds. (Edgar Wilson Nye)

Edgar Wilson Nye - From the Nature category:

-Thinks and Remarks by Bill Nye, Spring, 1886...
Spring comes with joyous laugh, and song, and sunshine, and the burnt sacrifice of the over-ripe boot and the hoary overshoe. The cowboy and the new milch cow carol their roundelay. So does the veteran hen. The common egg of commerce begins to come forth into the market at a price where it can be secured with a step-ladder, and all nature seems tickled. (Edgar Wilson Nye)

Edgar Wilson Nye - From the Pets category:

-Thinks and Remarks by Bill Nye, Mr. Sweeney's Cat, 1886...
At first she regarded it as a joke, and treated the matter very lightly, but later on she observed that the fly-paper stuck to her feet with great tenacity of purpose... She did not dash wildly through a $150 plate-glass window, as some cats would have done. She controlled herself and acted in the coolest manner... She sat down a moment to more fully outline a plan for the future. In doing so, she made a great mistake... (Edgar Wilson Nye)

Edgar Wilson Nye - From the Pets category:

-Thinks and Remarks by Bill Nye, The Duke of Rawhide, 1886...
'I believe I've got about the most instinct bulldog in the United States,' said Cayote Van Gobb yesterday ...'Duke would sleep days during the season and gather fragments of the rear breadths of Western pantaloons at night... He took all these fragments of goods I found, over into the garret above the carriage shed... Yesterday I went in there and took a lantern with me. There on the floor the Duke of Rawhide had arranged all the samples of Rocky Mountain pantaloons with a good deal of taste, and I don't suppose you'd believe it, but that blamed pup is collecting all these little scraps to make himself a crazy quilt.' (Edgar Wilson Nye)

Edgar Wilson Nye - From the Repose category:

-Thinks and Remarks by Bill Nye, Habits of a Literary Man, 1886...
I rise from bed the first thing in the morning, leaving my couch not because I am dissatisfied with it, but because I cannot carry it with me during the day. (Edgar Wilson Nye)

Edgar Wilson Nye - From the Travel category:

-Thinks and Remarks by Bill Nye, Railway Etiquette, 1886...
Many people have traveled all their lives and yet do not know how to behave themselves when on the road... Ladies and gentlemen should guard against traveling by rail while in a beastly state of intoxication... the morning is a good time to find out how many people have succeeded in getting on the passenger train, who ought to be in the stock car. (Edgar Wilson Nye)

John Edgar Park - From the Greatness category:

All great art is an imperfect, halting attempt to catch up upon life. (John Edgar Park)

John Edgar Park - From the Life category:

Life is the greatest art of all, and the master-artist is the man who is living the beautiful life! (John Edgar Park)

John Edgar Park - From the Questions category:

What is it at which all true artists are aiming? It is life, it is reality. (John Edgar Park)

John Edgar Park - From the Reality category:

The painter tries to catch the magic of the lights and shadows and passing graces of the human face he paints, but he never wholly succeeds in overtaking the reality. (John Edgar Park)

Edgar Paulik - From the Collectors category:

If I won $25 million I'd spend $30 million overnight on art work. (Edgar Paulik)

Edgar Paulik - From the Collectors category:

What is a collector? It's an innate trait. We start as children collecting leaves, or stamps or stones and, as we get older, teens collect friends, CDs and, as an adult, it can be anything. (Edgar Paulik)

Edgar Paulik - From the Collectors category:

I have yet to meet a collector who feels bad about his collection. Collection is also about the story – the story behind how someone found it and purchased it... (Edgar Paulik)

Edgar Paulik - From the Space category:

I can't stand to see any white space on my walls. My art covers every inch. (Edgar Paulik)

Edgar A. Payne - From the Competence category:

Departure from the literal aspect, rather than mechanical exactness, is the code of the true artist. However, departures are the result of studied intent rather than inability. (Edgar A. Payne)

Edgar A. Payne - From the Influence category:

Art comes into being in that abstract interval between a thought and reality, and no one - not even the artist who created it - can remeasure the influences that caused it. (Edgar A. Payne)

Edgar A. Payne - From the Knowledge category:

The study of art is a lifetime matter. The best any artist can do is to accumulate all the knowledge possible of art and its principles, study nature often and then practice continually. (Edgar A. Payne)

Edgar A. Payne - From the Originality category:

To be original one needs to learn the ideas of other painters in order to be different from them. (Edgar A. Payne)

Edgar A. Payne - From the Pleasure category:

The pleasure derived from viewing the achievements of others, coupled with a true appreciation of nature, sharpens the desire to express pictorially. (Edgar A. Payne)

Edgar A. Payne - From the Practice category:

Learning the art of painting is not an easy task. It takes a great deal of intelligence, keen analysis, study and practice. (Edgar A. Payne)

Edgar A. Payne - From the Realism category:

The average artist, if he chooses, could render an exact drawing of what he sees. Artistic work not only allows but demands some deviation from form and line. Just how far this may go depends on the viewpoint of each painter. (Edgar A. Payne)

Edgar Allan Poe - From the Beginning category:

All works of art should begin... at the end. (Edgar Allan Poe)

Edgar Allan Poe - From the Dreams category:

All that we see or seem / Is but a dream / within a dream. (Edgar Allan Poe)

Edgar Allan Poe - From the Eccentricity category:

Men have called me mad, but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence – whether much that is glorious – whether all that is profound – does not spring from disease of thought – from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. (Edgar Allan Poe)

Edgar Allan Poe - From the Exhaustion category:

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary... (Edgar Allan Poe)

Edgar Allan Poe - From the Fire category:

The generous Critic fann'd the Poet's fire, / And taught the world with reason to admire. (Edgar Allan Poe)

Edgar Allan Poe - From the Imagination category:

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. (Edgar Allan Poe)

Edgar Allan Poe - From the Perfection category:

I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. (Edgar Allan Poe)

Edgar Allan Poe - From the Poetry category:

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. (Edgar Allan Poe)

Edgar Allan Poe - From the Wonder category:

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. (Edgar Allan Poe)

Edgard Varese - From the Genius category:

Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes. (Edgard Varese)

Edgard Varese - From the Timeliness category:

Contrary to popular belief an artist is never ahead of his time, but most people are far behind theirs. (Edgard Varese)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Art category:

Art is rational. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Artists category:

If, when facing the paper, you say to yourself, 'I'm an artist,' you haven't a clue as to what to do! If, however, you say, 'I am an entertainer, a shapemaker and an expressive symbol collector,' you know the task ahead and how to proceed. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Boredom category:

You are my host in that rectangle. You mustn't bore me. Change is the only antidote to boredom. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Collectors category:

You are symbol collectors. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Design category:

Design is like gravity – the force that holds it all together. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Design category:

How can I qualify my faith in the inviolability of the design principles? Their virtue is demonstrated. They work. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Design category:

A masterly, powerful stature as a designer can be acquired only by a fairly normal mind plus scholarship. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Experience category:

To paint a chicken you have to be a chicken. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Friendship category:

There are only two things that matter in life - your friends and your art. Everything else is worthless. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Knowledge category:

The priceless quality of ease is present when one knows one knows. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Knowledge category:

No door is closed to a stubborn scholar. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Masters category:

The discipline endured is the mastery achieved. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Pattern category:

Think pattern first, then drawing, then color. The character of your painting is resolved in the pattern scheme. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Photography category:

Photos transcribe life while paintings translate life. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Planning category:

Plan like a turtle; paint like a rabbit. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Rewards category:

You have chosen to spend your time and money on esthetics. Others can cheat you, a craft cannot. It's the only area in life where you get back what you've put in. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Spectator category:

Invite the viewer into the picture and entertain him everywhere. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Standards category:

A good design poorly executed is much to be preferred over a poor design well executed. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Truth category:

Create the beautiful lie. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Edgar A. Whitney - From the Unknowns category:

Your trouble is that when you were a child everything was named for you. (Edgar A. Whitney)