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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"We die in proportion to the words we fling around us"
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"Architecture is inhabited sculpture"
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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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there"
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"A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself"
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"Woes and wonders of Power, that tonic hell, synthesis of poison and panacea"
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"We derive our vitality from our store of madness"
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"We define only out of despair, we must have a formula... to give a facade tot he void"
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"The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster"
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"Negation is the mind's first freedom, yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we exert ourselves to overcome it, adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us"
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"Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness"
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"It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late"
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"Each concession we make is accompanied by an inner diminution of which we are not immediately conscious"
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"We are afraid of the enormity of the possible"
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"The limit of every pain is an even greater pain"
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"Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors"
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"Life creates itself in delirium and is undone in ennui"
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"In every man sleeps a prophet, and when he wakes there is a little more evil in the world"
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