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Auguste Rodin
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"I obey Nature in everything, and I never pretend to command her. My only ambition is to be servilely faithful to her."

"Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated."
 
"Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely."
 
"I invent nothing, I rediscover. "
 
"The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation. "
 
"I obey Nature in everything, and I never pretend to command her. My only ambition is to be servilely faithful to her."
 
"I see all the truth, and not only that of the outside. I accentuate the lines which best express the spiritual state that I interpret."
 
"The only thing is to see."
 
"Character is the essential truth of any natural object, whether ugly or beautiful...for it is the inner truth translated by the outer truth; it is the soul, the feelings, the ideas, expressed by the features of a face, by the gestures and actions of a human being, by the tones of a sky, by the lines of a horizon."
 
"To the great artist, everything has character."
 
"There is nothing ugly in art except that which is without character...that which offers no outer or inner truth."
 
"The true artist always expresses what he thinks, at the risk of flying in the face of all ingrained prejudice. This is how he teaches others courage and candor."
 
"People say I think too much about women, yet, after all what is there more important to think about?"
 
"Genius only comes to those who know how to use their eyes and their intelligence. "
 
"The modes of expression of men of genius differ as much as their souls, and it is impossible to say that in some among them, drawing and colour are better or worse than in others. "
 
"Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness. "
 
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