Quotations From FRANCIS PICABIA


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  • The world is divided into two categories: failures and unknowns.
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. In Yes No: Poems and Sayings, "Sayings," ed. Rémy Remy Hall (1990). "L'Humour Poetique," no. 71-72, La Nef (Paris, Dec. 1950-Jan. 1951).

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  • Maybe men are separated from each other only by the degree of their misery.
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. in Écrits, vol. 2, "1950-1953," eds. Olivier Revault d'Allones and Dominique Bouissou (1978). 591, Paris (Jan. 21, 1952).
  • Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death.
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter and poet. repr. in Écrits, vol. 2, "1922," eds. Olivier Revault d'Allones and Dominique Bouissou (1978). "Pithecomorphes," Littérature Second Series, no. 6 (Paris, Nov. 1, 1922).

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  • The family spirit has rendered man carnivorous.
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. In Yes No: Poems and Sayings, "Sayings," trans. by Rémy Hall (1990). "Pithecomorphes," no. 6, Littérature, Second Series (Paris, Nov. 1, 1922).

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  • The only way to win is to fight on the side of your adversaries.
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. Who Knows: Poems and Aphorisms, p. 46 (1950, repr. 1986).
  • Men have always need of god! A god to defend them against other men.
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. in Écrits, vol. 2, "1922," eds. Olivier Revault d'Allones and Dominique Bouissou (1978). "Trompettes de Jericho," Comedia (Paris, Jan. 19, 1922).

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  • A new gadget that lasts only five minutes is worth more than an immortal work that bores everyone.
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. in Écrits, vol. 2, "1922," eds. Olivier Revault d'Allones and Dominique Bouissou (1978). "M. Paul Signac, M. Francis Picabia et Dada," Figaro (Paris, Jan. 20, 1922).

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  • Nature is unfair? So much the better, inequality is the only bearable thing, the monotony of equality can only lead us to boredom.
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. In Yes No: Poems and Sayings, "Sayings," ed. Rémy Hall (1990). "L'Humour Poetique," La Nef, no. 71-72 (Paris, Dec. 1950/Jan. 1951).

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  • Wherever art appears, life disappears.
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. in "1950-1953," Écrits, vol. 2, eds. Olivier Revault d'Allones and Dominique Bouissou (1978). "L'Humour Poetique," La Nef Paris, no. 71-72 (December 1950/January 1951).

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