Ai Weiwei Quotes

Who on Earth is Ai Weiwei?

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist. He is considered a dissident by the Chinese Government and has fleed the country.

Born August 28, 1957

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Best 62 Quotes by Ai Weiwei

“A fine line separates Chinese intellectuals and professors from the political gangsters who protect them.”

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“A nation that has no music and no fairytales is a tragedy.”

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“A small act is worth a million thoughts.”

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“Antiques exist as evidence of the cultural tracks we made in the past.”

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“Being an artist is more of a mindset, a way of seeing things; it is no longer so much about producing something.”

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“Choices after waking up: To be true or to lie? To take action or be brainwashed? To be free or be jailed?”

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“Consider why the quality of school dinners is declining, even as more and more golf courses are opened.”

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“Creativity is part of human nature. It can only be untaught.”

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“Creativity is the power to reject the past, to change the status quo, and to seek new potential. Simply put, aside from using one's imagination - perhaps more importantly - creativity is the power to act.”

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“Everyone of us is a potential convict.”

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“Everything is art. Everything is politics.”

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“Expressing oneself is like a drug. I'm so addicted to it.”

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“I always want people to be confused, to be shocked or realize something later.”

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“I am everywhere and I am nowhere. That's the beauty of the Internet Age.”

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“I cannot ever accept the kind of conditions where you can sacrifice someone’s rights.”

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“I don’t see myself as a dissident artist. I see them as a dissident government!”

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“I don’t want the next generation to fight the same fight as I did.”

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“I have no sense of why I lost my freedom and if you do not know how you lost something, how can you protect it?”

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“I think art certainly is the vehicle for us to develop any new ideas, to be creative, to extend our imagination, to change the current conditions.”

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“I think art is a very important weapon to achieve human freedom,”

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“I think my stance and my way of life is my most important art.”

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“I want people to see their own power.”

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“I wouldn’t say I’ve become more radical: I was born radical.”

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“I’m not sure I’m good at art, but I find an escape in it.”

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“If a nation cannot face its past, it has no future.”

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“If artists cannot speak up for human dignity or rights, then who else will do it?”

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“If human rights are supposed to have any meaning, then they have to be discussed openly.”

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“If there is no free speech, every single life has lived in vain.”

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“If there is no freedom of expression, then the beauty of life is lost. Participation in a society is not an artistic choice, it’s a human need.”

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“If there is no freedom of expression, then the beauty of life is lost. Participation in a society is not an artistic choice, it’s a human need.”

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“Liberty is about the right to question everything.”

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“Life is much more interesting when you make a little bit of effort.”

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“Life is never guaranteed to be safe, so we better use it while we are still in good condition.”

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“Maybe being powerful means to be fragile.”

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“Measuring national prestige by gold medals is like using Viagra to judge the potency of a man.”

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“My typical day is I wake up and appreciate that I can still wake up.”

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“No autocracy can lead people to believe that they are living in harmony and happiness.”

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“No state or society can claim to have established human rights once and for all.”

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“Once you've tasted freedom, it stays in your heart and no one can take it. Then, you can be more powerful than a whole country.”

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“Overturning police cars is a super-intense workout. It’s probably the only sport I enjoy.”

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“People have a tendency to become elite rather than to care about the general conditions of the society, which makes me sick. It's an unbearable condition.”

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“Say what you say plainly, and then take responsibility for it.”

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“Self-censorship is insulting to the self. Timidity is a hopeless way forward.”

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“Stupidity can win for a moment, but it can never really succeed because the nature of humans is to seek freedom. Rulers can delay that freedom, but they cannot stop it.”

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“Tax crimes should be investigated by the tax bureau, not through secret police detention.”

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“The art always wins. Anything can happen to me, but the art will stay.”

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“The biggest crime of a dictatorship is to eradicate human feelings from people.”

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“The freedom of speech is an important yardstick for a society's level of civilization.”

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“The government computer has one button: delete.”

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“The internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word – even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice.”

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“The Internet is uncontrollable. And if the Internet is uncontrollable, freedom will win. It's as simple as that.”

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“The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned. This is not the case. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.”

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“The people who control culture in China have no culture.”

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“The purpose of art is the fight for freedom.”

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“The world is not changing if you don't shoulder the burden of responsibility.”

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“There are no outdoor sports as graceful as throwing stones at a dictatorship.”

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“This simple form of repression, of using the method of not letting anyone speak, will never succeed.”

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“To call yourself a Chinese artist or woman artist or African artist reflects a certain kind of condition. To me, that is not necessary.”

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“To express yourself needs a reason, but expressing yourself is the reason.”

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“We move so fast that memory is something we can only grasp.”

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“Without freedom of speech, there is no modern world, just a barbaric one.”

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“Your own acts tell the world who you are and what kind of society you think it should be.”

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