"When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Robert Mapplethorpe on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Robert Mapplethorpe on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Robert Mapplethorpe on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Robert Mapplethorpe on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Robert Mapplethorpe on Oscar Wilde
"To make pictures big is to make them more powerful."
"Beauty and the devil are the same thing."
"I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn't. And that's a tough place to be because you're never satisfied."
"If I have to change my lifestyle, I don't want to live."
"My father wants me to be like my brother, but I can't be."