A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.
I love those who can smile in trouble.
Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first understood.
As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
Learning never exhausts the mind.
Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.
The knowledge of all things is possible.
As you cannot do what you want, want what you can do.
It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
Life without love, is no life at all.
All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions.
He who thinks little errs much.
Realize that everything connects to everything else.
Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.
Once you have tasted the taste of sky, you will forever look up.
Obstacles cannot crush me; every obstacle yields to stern resolve.
Why does the eye see more clearly when asleep than the imagination when awake?