René Magritte Quotes

Who is René Magritte?

René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist and painter.

His most famous paintings are 'The Son of Man' which portrays a man with a bowler hat and an apple in front of his face and 'Ceci n'est pas une pipe' which shows a pipe and the text 'This is not a pipe'.

Born November 21, 1898
Died August 15, 1967

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Best 27 Quotes by René Magritte

“A thing which is present can be invisible, hidden by what it shows.”

René Magritte

“A truly poetic canvas is an awakened dream.”

René Magritte

“An object never serves the same function as its image – or its name.”

René Magritte

“Between words and objects one can create new relations and specify characteristics of language and objects generally ignored in everyday life.”

René Magritte

“Do not accept any explanation of the world either through chance or determinism. You are not responsible for your belief. It is not even you who decides that you are not responsible – and so on to infinity. You are not obliged to believe. There is no point of departure.”

René Magritte

“Everyday objects shriek aloud.”

René Magritte

“I like subversive humor, freckles, women's knees and long hair, the laughter of playing children, and a girl running down the street.”

René Magritte

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“I need to see the original paintings just as little as I have to read the original manuscripts of books.”

René Magritte

“I think we are responsible for the universe, but that doesn't mean we decide anything.”

René Magritte

“I want nevertheless to add that for me the world is a defiance of common sense.”

René Magritte

“Life obliges me to do something, so I paint.”

René Magritte

“No object is stuck with its name so irrevocably that one cannot find another which suits it better.”

René Magritte

“Nothing is confused except the mind.”

René Magritte

“People who look for symbolic meaning fail to grasp the inherent poetry and mystery of the images.”

René Magritte

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“The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb.”

René Magritte

“The purpose of art is mystery.”

René Magritte

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“This is not a pipe.”

René Magritte

“Those who become entangled in these false ideas are prevented from perceiving the Integral Oneness.”

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“Too often we tend to reduce what is strange to what is familiar. I intend to restore the familiar to the strange.”

René Magritte

“We are surrounded by curtains. We only perceive the world behind a curtain of semblance. At the same time, an object needs to be covered in order to be recognized at all.”

René Magritte

“We must not fear daylight just because it almost always illuminates a miserable world.”

René Magritte

“An object is not so attached to its name that we cannot find another one that would suit it better.”

René Magritte

“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.”

René Magritte

“Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see, but it is impossible. Humans hide their secrets too well...”

René Magritte

“I do not like money, either for itself or for what it can buy, since I want nothing we know about.”

René Magritte

“If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream.”

René Magritte

“The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.”

René Magritte