Quotes by Romanian authors


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"Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave"
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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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"We die in proportion to the words we fling around us"
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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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"Things are not difficult to make; what is difficult is putting ourselves in the state of mind to make them"
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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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"We are born to Exist, not to know, to be, not to assert ourselves"
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"The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility"
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"Sperm is a bandit in its pure state"
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"Society is not a disease, it is a disaster. What a stupid miracle that one can live in it"
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"So long as man is protected by madness - he functions - and flourishes"
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"No one recovers from the disease of being born, a deadly wound if there ever was one"
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"Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil"
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"If, at the limit, you can rule without crime, you cannot do so without injustices"
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"I foresee the day when we shall read nothing but telegrams and prayers"
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"Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, chaos is being yourself"
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"Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen"
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"A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation's paradise and its tomb"
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"You are done for - a living dead man - not when you stop loving but stop hating. Hatred preserves: in it, in its chemistry, resides the mystery of life"
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"Write books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone"
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"Truths begin by a conflict with the police - and end by calling them in"
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"My mission is to kill time, and time's to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers"
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"Glory - once achieved, what is it worth?"
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"Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation"
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