Francis Picabia

Wherever art appears, life disappears.

You are always looking for already-felt emotions, just as you like to get an old pair of trousers back from the cleaners, which seem new when you don't look too closely. Artists are cleaners, don't let yourself be taken in by them. True modern works of art are made not by artists but quite simply by men.

All beliefs are bald ideas.

Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death.

The world is divided into two categories: failures and unknowns.

The family spirit has rendered man carnivorous.

The essence of a man is found in his faults.

Men have always need of god! A god to defend them against other men.

My arse contemplates those who talk behind my back.

Pain has its reasons, pleasure is totally indifferent.

A new gadget that lasts only five minutes is worth more than an immortal work that bores everyone.

A free spirit takes liberties even with liberty itself.

Maybe men are separated from each other only by the degree of their misery.

The only way to win is to fight on the side of your adversaries.

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