"A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I've been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Henri Matisse on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Henri Matisse on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Henri Matisse on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Henri Matisse on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Henri Matisse on Booker T. Washington
"I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things."
"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence."
"Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is."
"What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter - a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue."
"Creativity takes courage."