"The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep."
"The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress."
"The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor."
"The beginning is the most important part of the work."
"The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment."
"The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box."
"The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure."
"I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things."
"I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing."
"I don't want to be interesting. I want to be good."
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."
"I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me."
"I paint with shapes."
"I realize that protest paintings are not exactly in vogue, but I've done many."
"I think about my work every minute of the day."
"I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize."
"I think of my peace paintings as one long poem, with each painting being a single stanza."
"I was the least Pop of all the Pop artists."
"I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning."
"I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good."
"I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art, which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby since I hadn't made money with it."
"If a building becomes architecture, then it is art."
"If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye."
"If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it."
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
"Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal."
"In an artwork you're always looking for artistic decisions, so an ashtray is perfect. An ashtray has got life and death."
"In art as in love, instinct is enough."
"In art the best is good enough."
"In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine."