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Philip Guston Quotes

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Usually I am on a work for a long stretch,
until a moment arrives when the air of the arbitrary vanishes,
and the paint falls into positions that feel destined.
- Philip Guston

To paint is a possessing rather than a picturing.
- Philip Guston

Painting seems like some kind of peculiar miracle that
I need to have again and again.
- Philip Guston

Look at any inspired painting.
It's like a gong sounding; it puts you in a state of reverberation.
- Philip Guston

 

In my experience a painting is not made with colors and paint at all.
I don't know what a painting is; who knows what sets
off even the desire to paint?
- Philip Guston

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic,
so what you see is not what you see.
- Philip Guston

I am a night painter, so when I come into the studio
the next morning the delirium is over.
- Philip Guston

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The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined.
It moves in a mind.
It is not there physically at all.
It is an illusion, a piece of magic,
so that what you see is not what you see.
- Philip Guston

Painting and sculpture are very archaic forms.
It's the only thing left in our industrial society
where an individual alone can make something with not just his own hands,
but brains, imagination, heart maybe.
- Philip Guston

I don't know what a painting is; who knows what sets
off even the desire to paint? It might be things,
thoughts, a memory, sensations, which have nothing
to do directly with painting itself.
They can come from anything and anywhere.
- Philip Guston

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

The path to your own happiness is usually found in service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What one has to do usually can be done.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Success usually comes to those
who are too busy to be looking for it.
- Henry David Thoreau

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work,
so most people don't recognize them.
- Ann Landers

A man is usually more careful of his money
than he is of his principles.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you ask the wrong question,
you usually get a nonsense answer.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What usually happens in the educational process is
that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed
and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature
they have lost their innate capabilities.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge
on their children rather than virtue,
the art of speaking well rather than doing well;
but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us is burdened by an unlimited number of
expectations (demands) that we hold for the actions of others.
We "know" that there is a right way to do things,
and are often outraged when our expectations are not met.
Usually, we are unaware that we merely
have a strong opinion and point-of-view,
and are sure that we know how everything is supposed to be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned.
When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We all should choose our friends carefully.
I used to think that no one could know me better than somebody else,
because you're inside yourself, your body, you can't see yourself.
If you think like that, you surround yourself with
other people who are willing to tell you who you are,
which are usually judgmental people ...
we should really surround ourselves with the ones
that adore us and believe in the highest of us.
- Jewel

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway
is usually a poor judge of distance.
- Laurence J. Peter

Politicians and diapers need to be changed regularly,
usually for the same reason.
- Anonymous

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
- Milton Friedman

The big difference between sex for money and sex for
free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.
- Brendan Behan

Don't take it personally -
it's not usually about you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse
that progress requires them are not really progress at all,
but just terrible things.
- Russell Baker

Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything.
They just cry over their condition.
But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
- James Russell Lowell

I am regularly asked what the average Internet user
can do to ensure his security.
My first answer is usually 'Nothing;
you're screwed'.
- Bruce Scheneier

Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts
filed away just below the conscious level.
- Joyce Brothers

It is usually the imagination that is wounded first,
rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
- Henry David Thoreau

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
- Sydney Pollack

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
- Mark Strand

I love decorating my home.
I'm a gardener too, so that's usually something I have to play catch up with.
- Suzy Bogguss

What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like
doing for their babies is usually best after all.
- Benjamin Spock

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has,
it may be inadvisable to draw it out...
Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
- A. E. Housman

Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance,
whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.
- David Elkind

It is usually people in the money business,
finance, and international trade that are really rich.
- Robin Leach

Usually the nonsense liberals spout is kind of cute,
but in wartime their instinctive idiocy is life-threatening.
- Ann Coulter

Usually when you're working is when people want you to work.
They don't want you as much when you're not working.
That's the frustrating nature of our business.
- Faith Ford

Usually I trundle about in trainers and baggy jeans,
looking about as attractive as a potato.
- Gail Porter

Usually, someone who's in a show gets me a ticket.
I feel cornered.
I can't walk out if I don't like it.
- Uta Hagen

There is only one situation I can think of in which
men and women make an effort to read better than they usually do.
It is when they are in love and reading a love letter.
- Mortimer Adler

We usually never got out of there before four or five o'clock in the morning.
Every morning.
So it was rough.
- Cab Calloway

When religious leaders get involved in elections,
it is usually with a reactionary social agenda.
- Elizabeth Joan Smith

If I have an idea, I write it down, although I usually
carry a little dictation machine with me because I'm too lazy to write.
- Tommy Shaw

Just the other day, my assistant was on the line with Calvin Klein.
Golly, I usually shop at Sears.
- Billy Bob Thornton

A general loathing of a gang or sect usually has some sound basis in instinct.
- Ezra Pound

In my right-wing politics of the time,
I held that unemployment was usually the fault of the unemployed.
- Luke Ford

I write early in the morning, usually after reading
portions of at least half a dozen newspapers on the web.
- Alan Dean Foster

When I don't know what the music is going to be for a scene,
I imagine some sort of orchestration going on and damned
if they don't usually come up with a similar kind of thing.
- Patty Duke

I usually like whatever I've recently finished best.
- John Sladek

In bad times, the rich usually get richer.
- Stuart Wilde

What is forgiven is usually well remembered.
- Louis Dudek

Usually it's the guys that don't follow you around,
who you're attracted to!
- Sigourney Weaver

I usually stick out my hand and hope he puts the ball in it.
Except the one time I went out to take Early Wynn out.
I stuck out my hand and he hit me right in the stomach with the ball.
- Al Lopez

For a person as obsessed with music as I am,
I always hear a song in the back of my head,
all the time, and that usually is my own tune.
I've done that all my life.
- Bjork

Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness,
and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.
- Bertrand Russell

When the movie's on, I usually watch more of the audience.
- Devon Sawa

Only in the most unusual cases is it useful to determine
whether a book is good or bad;
for it is just as rare for it to be one or the other.
It is usually both.
- Robert Musil

Those who are believed to be most abject and humble
are usually most ambitious and envious.
- Baruch Spinoza

I usually only play with very close friends.
- Emanuel Ax

You write for two people, yourself and your audience,
who are usually better educated and at least as smart.
- Tony Hillerman

The sports page records people's accomplishments,
the front page usually records nothing,
but man's failures.
- Barbara Walters

When a man makes a woman his wife, it's the highest
compliment he can pay her,
and it's usually the last.
- Helen Rowland

I'm lucky if I find one movie a year that's worth doing,
and when I do find one, it usually only takes 20-30 days to shoot.
- Kevin Spacey

I usually create sounds and have different generators running over it.
You know you can open a word-file as a picture or the other way round.
I do the same with sounds.
- Alva Noto

I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds,
and I very rarely change it.
- Margaret Thatcher

I look at each episode in two ways -
from a design standpoint and from an entertainment standpoint -
this is TV,
after all.
We usually succeed on at least one of the levels.
- Douglas Wilson


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