Francis Picabia

(1879-1953 / Paris)

Francis Picabia Quotes

  • ''My arse contemplates those who talk behind my back.''
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. In Yes No: Poems and Sayings, "Sayings," ed. Rémy Hall (1990). 391, no. 15 (July 10. 1921).
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  • ''Knowledge is ancient error reflecting on its youth.''
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. In Yes No: Poems and Sayings, "Sayings," trans. by Rémy Hall (1990). 491 (Paris, March 4, 1949).
  • ''The essence of a man is found in his faults.''
    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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Youth doesn't reason, it acts. The old man reasons and would like to make the others act in his place.''
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. in Écrits, vol 2, "1925-1932," eds. Olivier Revault d'Allones and Dominique Bouissou (1978). 591 (Paris, Jan. 21, 1952).
  • ''A free spirit takes liberties even with liberty itself.''
    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, January 21, 1952).
  • ''Only useless things are indispensable.''
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. In Yes/No: Poems and Sayings, "Sayings," ed. Rémy Hall (1990). "Dactylocoque," Littérature, Second Series, Paris (Dec. 1, 1922).
  • ''All beliefs are bald ideas.''
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. In Yes No: Poems and Sayings, "Sayings," ed. Rémy Hall (1990). Jésus-Christ Rastaquoère, ch. 1 (1920).
  • ''Let us never forget that the greatest man is never more than an animal disguised as a god.''
    Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. repr. in Écrits, vol. 2, "1923," eds. Olivier Revault d'Allones and Dominique Bouissou (1978). "Jésus dit à ces Juifs," La Vie Moderne (Paris, Feb. 25, 1923).
  • ''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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