"You begin with the possibilities of the material."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Robert Rauschenberg 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 Rauschenberg on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Robert Rauschenberg on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Robert Rauschenberg on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Robert Rauschenberg on Oscar Wilde
"I did a twenty foot print and John Cage is involved in that because he was the only person I knew in New York who had a car and who would be willing to do this."
"So that ideas of sort of relaxed symmetry have been something for years that I have been concerned with because I think that symmetry is a neutral shape as opposed to a form of design."
"There was a whole language that I could never make function for myself in relationship to painting and that was attitudes like tortured, struggle, pain."