49+ Best Pablo Picasso Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who was the most dominant and influential artist of the first half of the 20th century. Profoundly inspirational Pablo Picasso quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Pablo Picasso Quotes

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

Action is the foundational key to all success.

It takes a long time to become young.

Everything you can imagine is real.

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

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

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

Youth has no age.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

Pablo Picasso quotes

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

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

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.

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

Inspirational Pablo Picasso Quotes

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

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

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

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

Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one’s bath like a lump of sugar.

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

I don’t believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.

Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen

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

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

The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.

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

It takes a very long time to become young.

Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.

I do not seek. I find.

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

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.

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

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

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

Amazing Pablo Picasso Quotes

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.

By amusing myself with all these games, all this nonsense, all these picture puzzles, I became famous… I am only a public entertainer who has understood his time.

There are artists who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.

This idea of art for art’s sake is a hoax.

One never knows what one is going to do. One starts a painting and then it becomes something quite else. It is remarkable how little the ‘willing’ of the artist intervenes.

A picture lives by its legend – not by anything else.

The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.

A picture is not thought out and settled beforehand. While it is being done it changes as one’s thoughts change.

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

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

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

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

To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.

Accidents, try to change them – it’s impossible. The accidental reveals man.

One must act in painting as in life, directly.

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.

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