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Awesome quotes by Pablo Picasso on life, art, success, wisdom and other things.

97 Awesome Quotes By Pablo Picasso That Will Fill Your Day With Magic

Quick Facts

Famous As: Painter

Born On: October 25, 1881

Died On: April 8, 1973

Born In: Málaga

Died At Age: 91

If ever one has to make a list of artists whose art transformed the 20th century, Pablo Picasso would feature right at the top. That probably is enough to explain the sheer genius and virtuosity that Picasso administered. Born in southern Spain, he was a prodigious child who went to become one of the most renowned artists of the world, known for his ground-breaking and pioneering style. Despite his young age, his talent was widely apparent and couldn’t be foregone. He had the ability to take up any art form. His influence was such that he became one of the greatest artists of the 20th century and the co-creator of Cubism or the Cubist movement. He is also responsible for the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. In his life, Picasso held various profiles, as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. Although Picasso is best remembered as a Spanish expatriate of art, none can deny his influence in literature as well. Picasso’s quotes on daily life, living, happiness, faith, religion, love, journey, time, travel and so on sum up a refreshing take on life that he had. Explore this section and get acquainted with some of the best known quotes by Pablo Picasso.

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

Pablo Picasso

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Pablo Picasso

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.

Pablo Picasso

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone

Pablo Picasso

Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.

Pablo Picasso

When I was a child my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll be the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.

Pablo Picasso

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun

Pablo Picasso

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

Pablo Picasso

The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.

Pablo Picasso

It takes a very long time to become young.

Pablo Picasso

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

Pablo Picasso

The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.

Pablo Picasso

Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.

Pablo Picasso

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

Pablo Picasso

If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse... but surely you will see the wildness!

Pablo Picasso

There are only two types of women: goddesses and doormats.

Pablo Picasso

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

Pablo Picasso

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

Pablo Picasso

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

Pablo Picasso

I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.

Pablo Picasso

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

Pablo Picasso

The world doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?

Pablo Picasso

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.

Pablo Picasso

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.

Pablo Picasso

I do not seek. I find.

Pablo Picasso

If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.

Pablo Picasso

To draw, you must close your eyes and sing

Pablo Picasso

Youth has no age.

Pablo Picasso

We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell.

Pablo Picasso

If I don't have red, I use blue.

Pablo Picasso

Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal

Pablo Picasso

People want to find a meaning in everything and everyone. That's the disease of our age...

Pablo Picasso

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

Pablo Picasso

I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.

Pablo Picasso

He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.

Pablo Picasso

Action is the foundational key to all success.

Pablo Picasso

When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine.

Pablo Picasso

Give me a museum and I'll fill it.

Pablo Picasso

All art is erotic.

Pablo Picasso

What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.

Pablo Picasso

Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.

Pablo Picasso

Go and do the things you can't. That is how you get to do them.

Pablo Picasso

Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.

Pablo Picasso

We don't grow older we grow riper.

Pablo Picasso

You don't make art, you find it

Pablo Picasso

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.

Pablo Picasso

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.

Pablo Picasso

Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not melt in one's bath.

Pablo Picasso

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.

Pablo Picasso

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.

Pablo Picasso

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction." ― Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.

Pablo Picasso

Anything new, anything worth doing, can't be recognized.

Pablo Picasso

There is only one way to see things, until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes

Pablo Picasso

Painting is not made to decorate apartments. It's an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy. (about Guernica).

Pablo Picasso

You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.

Pablo Picasso

Painting is stronger than me, it makes me do it's bidding.

Pablo Picasso

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

Pablo Picasso

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

Pablo Picasso

It took me a lifetime.

Pablo Picasso

The more technique you have the less you have to worry about it. The more technique there is the less there is.

Pablo Picasso

Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.

Pablo Picasso

Everybody has the same energy potential. The average person wastes his in a dozen little ways. I bring mine to bear on one thing only: my paintings, and everything else is sacrificed to it...myself included.

Pablo Picasso

The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.

Pablo Picasso

Painting it's a blind man profession. Painter is painting not what he sees but what he feels.

Pablo Picasso

Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?

Pablo Picasso

It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.

Pablo Picasso

In art intentions are not sufficient and, as we say in Spanish, love must be proved by deeds and not by reasons. What one does is what counts and not what one had the intention of doing.

Pablo Picasso

To find is the thing.

Pablo Picasso

I'm not a developer; I am.

Pablo Picasso

We have a definite but unknown quantity of experience at our disposal. As soon as the hourglass is turned, the sand will begin to run out and once it starts, it cannot stop until it's all gone.

Pablo Picasso

When I was a kid I drew like Michelangelo. It took me years to learn to draw like a kid.

Pablo Picasso

Sex and art are the same thing.

Pablo Picasso

The older you get, the stronger the wind gets — and it's always in your face.

Pablo Picasso

An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought

Pablo Picasso

Art is not chaste. Those ill prepared should be allowed no contact with art. Art is dangerous. If it is chaste, it is not art.

Pablo Picasso

I am always doing things I can’t do. That is how I get to do them.

Pablo Picasso

When you come right down to it all you have is yourself. The sun is a thousand rays in your belly. All the rest is nothing.

Pablo Picasso

Art is a lie that reveals the truth.

Pablo Picasso

My hand tells me what I’m thinking.

Pablo Picasso

It takes a long time to grow young.

Pablo Picasso

It would be very interesting to preserve photographically not the stages, but the metamorphoses of a picture. Possibly one might then discover the path followed by the brain in materializing a dream.

Pablo Picasso

I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them.

Pablo Picasso

My mother said to me, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.” Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.

Pablo Picasso

My mother said to me, if you are a soldier, you will became a general. If you are a monk will become the Pope. Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.

Pablo Picasso

I do not evolve, I AM.

Pablo Picasso

I want to live like a poor man with lots of money.

Pablo Picasso

We have learned nothing in twelve thousand years. (Upon exiting the Lascaux cave, France)

Pablo Picasso

You have to know how to be vulgar. Paint with four-letter words.

Pablo Picasso

We’re constantly moving dust from one place to another, only to have it replaced by more dust — entropy always wins.

Pablo Picasso

What one does is what counts and not what one had the intention of doing.

Pablo Picasso

Imagination is real.

Pablo Picasso

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.

Pablo Picasso