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Richard Avedon Quotes

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My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.
- Richard Avedon

Sometimes I think all my pictures are just pictures of me.
My concern is...
the human predicament; only what I consider the human
predicament may simply be my own.
- Richard Avedon

I think all art is about control - the encounter between
control and the uncontrollable.
- Richard Avedon

Just advertising departments with legs and high heels.
- Richard Avedon


 

All photographs are accurate.
None of them is the truth.
- Richard Avedon

I was going to have cosmetic surgery until I noticed
that the doctor's office was full of portraits by Picasso.
- Rita Rudner

A person himself believes that all the other portraits
are good likenesses except the one of himself.
- Edvard Munch


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When you do portraits professionally it's not a desire,
it's for money.
- Imogen Cunningham

I'm very envious of the few artists who are any good and still do portraits.
- Howard Hodgkin

I have always noticed that in portraits of really great
writers the mouth is always firmly closed.
- Gertrude Stein

People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore.
The money is in photography.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Oh, you ask me, what is the greatest torture of a person
who does portraits for a living? I could fill several
volumes with nice nasty stories.
I don't know.
- Imogen Cunningham

I have always loved reading, so was interested in the literary world,
and took many literary portraits.
- Fay Godwin

Franz Kline, who became known for his black and white paintings,
did a whole series of gorgeous landscapes and wonderful
portraits that may still hang in Greenwich Village.
- David Amram

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone,
because I am the person I know best.
- Frida Kahlo

There is nothing that special to see when looking at me.
I'm a painter who paints day in day out,
from morning till evening - figure pictures and landscapes,
more rarely portraits.
- Gustav Klimt

You don't change the course of history by turning the
faces of portraits to the wall.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

I do house things.
I paint.
I do portraits.
I also paint my house.
- Willa Ford

I would wish my portraits to be of the people,
not like them.
Not having a look of the sitter, being them.
- Lucian Freud

The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

I never can pass by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York without thinking of it not as a gallery
of living portraits but as a cemetery of tax-deductible wealth.
- Lewis H. Lapham

Painting self-portraits without clothes on has also given me some publicity.
- Cleo Moore

When I look at great works of art or listen to inspired music,
I sense intimate portraits of the specific times in which they were created.
- Billy Joel

I often concentrate on the eyes and lips,
they are great indicators of mood and feeling,
and I find that I can project character into my portraits
by bringing the viewer's attention to these areas.
- Robert Ryan

I wanted to translate from one flat surface to another.
In fact, my learning disabilities controlled a lot of things.
I don't recognize faces, so I'm sure it's what drove
me to portraits in the first place.
- Chuck Close

If I was in love with someone, I would get their picture
out of the school yearbook and do portraits.
If I was curious about sex, I would draw pictures of it.
There were no books for me to look at.
Then I would go find my father's matches to burn the paper.
- Lynn Johnston

I paint German artists whom I admire.
I paint their pictures, their work as painters,
and their portraits too.
But oddly enough, each of these portraits ends up as
a picture of a woman with blonde hair.
I myself have never been able to work out why this happens.
- Georg Baselitz

You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that,
come to this hallowed place where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon;
Ireland's history in their lineaments trace;
think where man's glory most begins and ends and say
my glory was I had such friends.
- William Butler Yeats

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Success consists of going from failure to failure
without loss of enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill
(also quoted as: "Courage is going from failure to failure
without losing enthusiasm."

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

While most managers spend their time attempting
to predict the future accurately -
and while that's valuable -
the best managers are able to generate a future
which was not going to happen otherwise -
that is, a future which was not predictable.
- Werner Erhard

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill

Where are you going? Where does your path lead?
You can never know the future, yet wandering aimlessly
is unlikely to be the source of a fulfilling life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you are going through hell, keep going.
- Winston Churchill

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
- Joseph P. Kennedy

You don't get to choose how you're going to die,
only how you're going to live.
- Joan Baez

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The big question is whether you are going to be able
to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
- Joseph Campbell

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you
it's going to be a butterfly.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

A true friend never gets in your way
unless you happen to be going down.
- Arnold H. Glasgow

Feeling overwhelmed by apparent demands on our time
is like going to a restaurant,
ordering everything on the menu,
and complaining about indigestion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fasten your safety belts, clench your buttocks!
It's going be a bumpy ride!
- the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Once you say you're going to settle for second,
that's what happens to you in life.
- John F. Kennedy

I have a new philosophy.
I'm only going to dread one day at a time.
- Charles M. Schulz

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

I'm going to go in the bathroom and scream.
I'll be out in a minute.
- the Woody Allen movie What's New Pussycat

When you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

It is a truth universally acknowledged that
when one part of your life starts going okay,
another falls spectacularly to pieces.
- the movie Bridget Jones Diary

I have no fear of the gallows ... They're going to shoot me.
- the movie Love and Death

It is by going down into the abyss
that we recover the treasures of life.
Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
- Joseph Campbell

Don't talk about what you have done
or what you are going to do.
- Thomas Jefferson

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't know where you are going,
you might wind up someplace else.
- Yogi Berra

We have a great life here in Alaska,
and we're never going back to America again!
- The Simpsons Movie (2007)

Going nowhere faster will not get you somewhere.
- Alan Cohen

When you see someone putting on his Big Boots,
you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay
and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.
I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism,
but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists
to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.
- Jimmy Carter

There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world,
and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
- Winston Churchill

If you're going to tell people the truth,
be funny or they'll kill you.
- Billy Wilder

We are tied to the ocean.
And when we go back to the sea,
whether it is to sail or to watch -
we are going back from whence we came.
- John F. Kennedy

If everything seems to be going well,
you have obviously overlooked something.
- Anonymous

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you go on with this nuclear arms race,
all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.
- Winston Churchill

The True Path is the path on which
there is no coming and no going.
- Traditional Zen Koan


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