Quotes by Romanian authors


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"When you see a fish you don't think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water... If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirit"
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"To see far is one thing, going there is another"
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"Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave"
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"My marriage to my husband, Bart Conner in 1996 is my proudest personal moment"
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"We die in proportion to the words we fling around us"
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"Architecture is inhabited sculpture"
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"They are imbeciles who call my work abstract. That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things"
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"Don't look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. Those closest to God have seen them"
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"Things are not difficult to make; what is difficult is putting ourselves in the state of mind to make them"
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"There hasn't been any art yet. Art is just beginning"
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"Simplicity is not an objective in art, but one achieves simplicity despite one's self by entering into the real sense of things"
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"What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things... it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface"
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"Theories are patterns without value. What counts is action"
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"I have had a few turning points, the first day I entered a gymnastics school at age 6"
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"I ended up in the US for a month or so, before moving to Montreal with some Romanian friends"
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"I like to tell young people to work hard for your goals and live in the moment"
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"I worked hard in gymnastics since the time I was six years old until I retired at 23 years of age"
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"Of course, I grew up in Communist Romania, but I am happy to say that now our country is democratic, and prospering, since the revolution in 1989"
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"I don't run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet"
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"I believe that you should gravitate to people who are doing productive and positive things with their lives"
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"You should also appreciate the goodness around you, and surround yourself with positive people"
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"Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win"
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"As an Olympic champion gymnast, I have always stayed involved in my sport"
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"We are not coaching on a daily basis because we often travel with our charity and commercial interests"
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"One of the most difficult times in my life was when I escaped from Romania in November of 1989"
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"My parents were very loving, but disciplinarians"
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"Of course, most people remember that I received the first perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics competition"
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"The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live - moreover, the only one"
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"One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and no other"
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"Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows"
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