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Pablo Picasso
(25 Oct 1881 - 8 Apr 1973)

Spanish painter and sculptor whose varied maverick styles had a profound influence on art in the 20th century. He produced over 20,000 works.

Science Quotes by Pablo Picasso (9 quotes)

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Le Peintre (1970) (source)
[On the first moon landing:] It means nothing to me. I have no opinion about it, and I don’t care.
— Pablo Picasso
In 'Reactions to Man’s Landing on the Moon Show Broad Variations in Opinions', The New York Times (21 Jul 1969), 6.
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~~[Dubious]~~ A plagiarist steals from one person. A true artist steals from everybody.
— Pablo Picasso
Seen feral on the web, but never with source citation. Webmaster has not yet found any primary source, and regards the quote as spurious. Compare the believed authentic quote, “When there's anything to steal, I steal,” See the Pablo Picasso Quotes page on this site.
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Art requires disrespect!
— Pablo Picasso
In William Fifield, 'Pablo Picasso: A Composite Interview', in The Paris Review 32 (Summer-Fall 1964), 66.
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Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
— Pablo Picasso
This is a commonly seen paraphrase from his comment on mechanical brains. Originally quoted as “But they are useless. They can only give you answers,” in interview article by William Fifield, 'Pablo Picasso: A Composite Interview', in The Paris Review 32 (Summer-Fall 1964), 62. Describing the interview, Fifield himself set the context as “enormous new mechanical brains or calculating machines.” (These are now called computers.) Collected in William Fifield, In Search of Genius (1982), 145. As identified on the website. It is the paraphrase that is now more often seen, in for example, Herman Feshbach, 'Reflections on the Microprocessor Revolution: A Physicist’s Viewpoint', in Bruce M. Adkins (ed.), Man and Technology (1983), 100.
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I do not seek, I find.
— Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso and José María Faerna (ed.), Picasso (1995), 5.
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Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others.
— Pablo Picasso
As quoted in The Artist (1978), 93, 5.
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To copy others is necessary but to copy oneself is pathetic.
— Pablo Picasso
1959 Spring, As quoted, without citation, in Cyril Barrett, 'The Mystery of Pablo Picasso: Harlequin and the Minotaur', Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review (Spring 1959), 48, No. 189, 47. As cited on website.
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To fall back, to live on oneself, to withdraw is sterility. Communication with the exterior means fertility.
— Pablo Picasso
As quoted in The Artist (1978), 93, 5.
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When there’s anything to steal, I steal.
— Pablo Picasso
As quoted in Françoise Gilot and Carlton Lake, Life with Picasso (1964), 285. Gilot was a close companion of Picasso.
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Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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