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    Civilization is paralysis.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: civilization 
     
    I have tried to establish the right to dare everything.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: right 
     
    Art = a mad search for individualism.
    — Paul Gauguin
    In art, there are only two types of people: revolutionaries and plagiarists. And in the end, doesn't the revolutionary's work become official, once the State takes it over?
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: work 
     
    Nature has mysterious infinities and imaginative power. It is always varying the productions it offers to us. The artist himself is one of nature's means.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: nature  power  artist 
     
    Take care not to step on the foot of a learned idiot. His bite is incurable.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: care  idiot 
     
    My eyes close and uncomprehendingly see the dream in the infinite space that stretches away, elusive, before me.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: eyes  space  dreams 
     
    Many people say that I don't know how to draw because I don't draw particular forms. When will they understand that execution, drawing and color (in other words, style) must be in harmony with the poem?
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: people  harmony 
     
    There are tonalities which are noble and others which are vulgar, harmonies which are calm or consoling, and others which are exciting because of their boldness.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: harmony  noble 
     
    There are noble tones, ordinary ones, tranquil harmonies, consoling ones, others which excite by their vigour.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: harmony  noble 
     
    We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: stupidity 
     
    Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: time  oneself 
     
    Let everything about you breathe the calm and peace of the soul.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: peace  soul 
     
    Do not finish your work too much. An impression is not sufficiently durable for its first freshness to survive a belated search for infinite detail; in this way you let the lava grow cool.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: work 
     
    Art is either revolution or plagiarism
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: revolution 
     
    Stay firmly in your path and dare; be wild two hours a day!
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: wild  path 
     
    Do not copy nature. Art is an abstraction. Rather, bring your art forth by dreaming in front of her and think more of creation.
    — Paul Gauguin
    I have come to an unalterable decision - to go and live forever in Polynesia. Then I can end my days in peace and freedom, without thoughts of tomorrow and this eternal struggle against idiots.
    — Paul Gauguin
    Color which, like music, is a matter of vibrations, reaches what is most general and therefore most indefinable in nature: its inner power.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: power  music 
     
    Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: philosophy 
     
    Civilization is what makes you sick.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: civilization 
     
    I shut my eyes in order to see.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: eyes 
     
    Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: language  dreams 
     
    Under the continual contact with the pebbles my feet have become hardened and used to the ground. My body, almost constantly nude, no longer suffers from the sun. Civilization is falling from me little by little. I am beginning to think simply, to feel only very little hatred for my neighbor - rather, to love him.
    — Paul Gauguin
    Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: revenge  dreams 
     
    A young man who is unable to commit a folly is already an old man.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: men  young 
     
    for Christ's sake, were the mountains blue, then chuck on some blue and don't go telling me that it was a blue a bit like this or like that, it was blue wasn't it? Good - make them blue and that's enough!
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: christ 
     
    Wherever I go I need a period of incubation so that I may learn the essence of nature, which never wishes to be understood or yield herself.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: nature  wishes  learn 
     
    Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: key 
     
    Do not copy nature too much. Art is an abstraction.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: nature 
     
    What still concerns me the most is: am I on the right track, am I making progress, am I making mistakes in art?
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: mistakes  progress  right 
     
    You may dream freely when you listen to music as well as when you look at painting. When you read a book you are the slave of the author's mind.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: music  mind  book  author  read  dreams  painting 
     
    Go on working, freely and furiously, you will make progress and sooner or later your worth will be recognised, if you have any.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: progress  worth 
     
    The landscape with its violent, pure colours dazzled and blinded me. I was always uncertain.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: violent 
     
    I am a great artist and I know it. It's because of what I am that I have endured so much suffering, so as to pursue my vocation, otherwise I would consider myself a rogue - which is what many people think I am, for that matter.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: people  suffering  artist 
     
    One's state of mind is three-quarters of what counts, so it has to be carefully nurtured if you want to do something great and lasting.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: mind 
     
    It is useless to advise solitude for everyone; one must be strong enough to endure it and to work alone.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: work  solitude  alone  strong 
     
    The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: loss  artist 
     
    In order to produce something new, you have to return to the original source, to the childhood of mankind.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: mankind  childhood 
     
    In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters.
    — Paul Gauguin
    tags: master  alone 
     
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