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Quotations From PAUL GAUGUIN

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  • 1.
    Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), French artist. Quoted in Huneker, Pathos of Distance, p. 128.
  • 2.
    Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.
    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), French artist. Intimate Journals, 1930 edition, p. 194, trans. by Van Wyck Brooks (orig. publ. 1923).

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  • 3.
    Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?
    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), French artist. Intimate Journals, p. 193, trans. by Van Wyck Brooks (1923, repr. 1930).

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  • 4.
    I have always wanted a mistress who was fat, and I have never found one. To make a fool of me, they are always pregnant.
    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), French artist. Intimate Journals, p. 3, trans. by Van Wyck Brooks (1923, repr. 1930).
  • 5.
    We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves.
    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), French artist. Intimate Journals, p. 132, trans. by Van Wyck Brooks (1923, repr. 1930).
  • 6.
    Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!!!
    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), French artist. Intimate Journals, 1930 edition, p. 2, trans. by Van Wyck Brooks (orig. publ. 1923).

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  • 7.
    But I owe something to Vincent, and that is, in the consciousness of having been useful to him, the confirmation of my own original ideas about painting. And also, at difficult moments, the remembrance that one finds others unhappier than oneself.
    Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), French artist. Intimate Journals, p. 16, trans. by Van Wyck Brooks (1923, repr. 1930).
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