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Auguste Rodin
November 12, 1840 - November 17, 1917
Nationality: French
Category: Sculptor
Subcategory: French Sculptor

I invent nothing, I rediscover.


To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.


The modes of expression of men of genius differ as much as their souls, and it is impossible to say that in some among them, drawing and color are better or worse than in others.


To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.


Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.


Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.


Inside you there's an artist you don't know about. He's not interested in how things look different in moonlight.


The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.


I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.


Nobody does good to men with impunity.


There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.


True artists are almost the only men who do their work for pleasure.


Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump.


The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.


Man's naked form belongs to no particular moment in history; it is eternal, and can be looked upon with joy by the people of all ages.


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