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Learn more about the personality of Henri Rousseau with this extensive list of quotes from right across his lifetime. Additionally there are also quotes from artists and critics about Henri Rousseau's career included too.

Famous Quotes by Henri Rousseau

Beauty is the promise of happiness.

Cities are the sinks of the human race.

Excuse my scribbling, it is late, and I have a poor candle.

From the first moment of life, men ought to begin learning to deserve to live.

God created man in his own image. And man, being a gentleman, returned the favour.

Hatred as well as love, renders its votaries credulous.

I cannot now change my style, which I acquired, as you can imagine, by dint of labour.

If a king tries to start a war, a mother should go to him and forbid it.

I felt before I thought.

If it is reason that forms man then it is the emotions that guide her.

If you remove these lines in the painting, the colors are no longer effective.

I hate books. They only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about.

I have always believed that good is only beauty put into practice.

It is not I that am drawing, it is this thing at the end of my hand.

It is not the criminal things which are hardest to confess, but the ridiculous and shameful.

It is often said that my heart is too open for my own good.

Little privations are easily endured when the heart is better treated than the body.

Luxury... corrupts at once rich and poor, the rich by possession and the poor by covetousness.

Nature's instructions are always slow; those of men are generally premature.

Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.

Politeness requires this thing; decorum that; ceremony has its forms, and fashion its laws, and these must always follow, never the promptings of our own nature.

The first man to fence in a piece of land, saying "this is mine" and who found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.

The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain; most miserable the ones who enjoy the least pleasure.

The interest and the feelings are not due to colors; the lines of a painting that move us move us even more in a print.

The landscapist lives in silence.

The more humanity owes the poor man, the more society denies him.

The principal problem I had during the five years I ran the Caisse - and I bet you that it will be the same problem for my successor - is the retention, recruitment and training of competent personnel.

The universe was born restless and has never since been still.

We are the two great painters of this era; you are in the Egyptian style, I in themodern style. (to Pablo Picasso)

What wisom can you find that is greater than kindness.

When I go out into the countryside and see the sun and the green and everything flowering, I say to myself "Yes indeed, all that belongs to me!"

Quotes about Henri Rousseau by Famous Artists and Art Critics