"To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano."
"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises."James Whistler 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."James Whistler on Anais Nin
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."James Whistler 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."James Whistler 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."James Whistler on Abraham Lincoln
"Work alone will efface the footsteps of work."
"An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision."
"The rare few, who, early in life have rid themselves of the friendship of the many."
"I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring."