Ai Weiwei Quotes

Who 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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“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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“When a reader falls in love with a book, it leaves its essence inside him, like radioactive fallout in an arable field, and after that there are certain crops that will no longer grow in him, while other, stranger, more fantastic growths may occasionally be produced.”


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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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“Liberty is about the right to question everything.”

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“Perhaps the story you finish is never the one you begin.”


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