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Georgia O'Keeffe Quotes





I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.
[Nature]
 

I don't very much enjoy looking at paintings in general. I know too much about them. I take them apart.
 

I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore.
 

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
[Art]
 

I hate flowers - I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.
 

I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.
 

It was in the 1920s, when nobody had time to reflect, that I saw a still-life painting with a flower that was perfectly exquisite, but so small you really could not appreciate it.
 

Marks on paper are free - free speech - press - pictures all go together I suppose.
 

Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.
[Nature]
 

Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time.
 

One can not be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America and then work.
[America]
 

Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.
 

Sun-bleached bones were most wonderful against the blue - that blue that will always be there as it is now after all man's destruction is finished.
[Against]
 

The days you work are the best days.
 

To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage.
[Courage]
 

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
 

Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.
[The Past]
 

You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.