"In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking on a tightrope."
"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises."Henri Matisse on Pedro Calderon de la Barca
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."Henri Matisse on Anais Nin
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."Henri Matisse on Albert Einstein
"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."Henri Matisse on e. e. cummings
"All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind."Henri Matisse on Abraham Lincoln
"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."