"Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us."
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."Henri Matisse on John Barrymore
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."Henri Matisse on Dalai Lama
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."Henri Matisse on Abraham Lincoln
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."Henri Matisse on Martha Washington
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."Henri Matisse on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."