Rene Magritte Quotes
Born: November 21, 1898
Died: August 15, 1967
I think we are responsible for the universe, but that doesn't mean we decide anything.
Do not accept any explanation of the world either through chance or determinism. You are not responsible for your belief. It is not even you who decides that you are not responsible - and so on to infinity. You are not obliged to believe. There is no point of departure.
My investigations resembled the pursuit of the solution to a problem for which I had three data: the object, the thing connected with it in the shadow of my consciousness, and the light wherein that thing would become apparent.
I like subversive humor, freckles, women's knees and long hair, the laughter of playing children, and a girl running down the street.
People who look for symbolic meaning fail to grasp the inherent poetry and mystery of the images.
The purpose of art is mystery.
Too often we tend to reduce what is strange to what is familiar. I intend to restore the familiar to the strange.
Each thing we see hides something else we want to see.
My painting is visible images that conceal nothing... they evoke mystery. Mystery means nothing. It is unknowable.
I need to see the original paintings just as little as I have to read the original manuscripts of books.
No object is stuck with its name so irrevocably that one cannot find another which suits it better.
An object never serves the same function as its image - or its name.
I have few illusions: the cause is lost in advance. As for me, I do my part, which is to drag a fairly drab existence to its conclusion.
A truly poetic canvas is an awakened dream.
Painting bores me like everything else. Unfortunately, painting is one of the activities - it is bound up in the series of activities - that seems to change almost nothing in life, the same habits are always recurring.
A thing which is present can be invisible, hidden by what it shows
The feeling we experience while we look at a picture is not to be distinguished from the picture or from ourselves. the feeling, picture, and ourselves are united in one mystery.
Everything that is visible hides something that is invisible.
Those who become entangled in these false ideas are prevented from perceiving the Integral Oneness.
If one looks at a thing with the intention of trying to discover what it means, one ends up no longer seeing the thing itself, but of thinking of the question that is raised.