"I always thought that one of the reasons why a painter likes especially to have other painters look at his or her work is the shared experience of having pushed paint around."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Chuck Close on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Chuck Close on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Chuck Close on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Chuck Close on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Chuck Close on Mark Twain
"Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience."
"I wanted to translate from one flat surface to another. In fact, my learning disabilities controlled a lot of things. I don't recognize faces, so I'm sure it's what drove me to portraits in the first place."