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A collection of quotes and thoughts by M.C. Escher on art, dreams, artist, graphics, mathematics, work, love, chaos, wonders and serious.

26 Motivational Quotes By M.C. Escher For The Artist In You

Quick Facts

Famous As: Artist

Born On: June 17, 1898

Died On: March 27, 1972

Born In: Leeuwarden

Died At Age: 73

M.C. Escher, born Mauritus Cornelis Escher, was a renowned graphic artist. This acclaimed Dutch artist was famous for his unique and fascinating work that explored mathematical ideas. Admired mainly by mathematicians and scientists, his work gained popularity only after Martin Gardner featured it in his ‘Mathematical Games Column’ in the year 1966. His exhibition was also written about in ‘Time Magazine’. Escher’s work mostly enclosed with two broad areas - the geometry of space and the logic of space. Later in the 21st century, his works were exhibited at ‘Rio de Janeiro’ which attracted more than five hundred thousand visitors. ‘The Scaffold’, ‘Beaver & Krause’ and ‘Mandrake Memorial’ are some of the album covers which presented his work. Throughout his life he worked towards finding order in chaos and researched deeply into the mysteries of our universe. The same is exhibited through his artworks. Here is a collection of some famous quotes and sayings which have been curated from his life, work, thoughts and views. Following are the most notable quotes and thoughts by M.C. Escher.

Only those who attempt the absurd...will achieve the impossible. I think ...I think it's in my basement...Let me go upstairs and check.

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

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

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

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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.

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I never got a pass mark in math ... Just imagine - mathematicians now use my prints to illustrate their books.

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Although I am even now still a layman in the area of mathematics, and although I lack theoretical knowledge, the mathematicians, and in particular the crystallographers, have had considerable influence on my work of the last twenty years. The laws of the phenomena around us--order, regularity, cyclical repetition, and renewals--have assumed greater and greater importance for me. The awareness of their presence gives me peace and provides me with support. 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.

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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.

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I try in my prints to testify that we live in a beautiful and orderly world, not in a chaos without norms, even though that is how it sometimes appears. My subjects are also often playful: I cannot refrain from demonstrating the nonsensicalness of some of what we take to be irrefutable certainties. It is, for example, a pleasure to deliberately mix together objects of two and three dimensions, surface and spatial relationships, and to make fun of gravity.

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Order is repetition of units. Chaos is multiplicity without rhythm.

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We adore chaos because we love to produce order.

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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.

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Wonder is the salt of the earth.

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

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Originality is merely an illusion.

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In mathematical quarters, the regular division of the plane has been considered theoretically. ... [Mathematicians] have opened the gate leading to an extensive domain, but they have not entered this domain themselves. By their very nature they are more interested in the way in which the gate is opened than in the garden lying behind it.

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There is something in such laws that takes the breath away. They are not discoveries or inventions of the human mind, but exist independently of us. In a moment of clarity, one can at most discover that they are there and take them into account. Long before there were people on the earth, crystals were already growing in the earth's crust. On one day or another, a human being first came across such a sparkling morsel of regularity lying on the ground or hit one with his stone tool and it broke off and fell at his feet, and he picked it up and regarded it in his open hand, and he was amazed.

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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.

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For me it remains an open question whether [this work] pertains to the realm of mathematics or to that of art.

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

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To tell you the truth, I am rather perplexed by the concept of 'art'. What one person considers to be 'art' is often not 'art' to another. 'Beautiful' and 'ugly' are old-fashioned concepts that are seldom applied these days; perhaps justifiably, who knows? Something repulsive, which gives you a moral hangover, and hurts your ears or eyes, may well be art. Only 'kitsch' is not art - we're all agreed about that. Indeed, but what is 'kitsch'? If only I knew!

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I never got a pass mark in math... Just imagine - mathematicians now use my prints to illustrate their books. Funny me consorting with all these learned folks, as though I were their long lost brother. I guess they are unaware of the fact that I am ignorant about the whole thing.

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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.

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He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonderful.

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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.

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My work is a game, a very serious game.

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