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Why are all the artists so dead-set on distorting? It seems to be a reaction against photography, but I'm not sure.


Marcel Duchamp

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MARCEL PROUST
There can be no piece of mind in love, since the advantage one has secured is never anything but a f...
MARCEL PROUST
Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. An ...
MARCEL PROUST
As the Arab proverb says, The dog barks and the caravan passes. After having dropped this quotation,...
MARCEL PROUST
People who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent man can suffer because of a very or...
MARCEL PROUST
Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness.
ANTHONY MARCEL
Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness.
ANTHONY MARCEL
What sculptors do is represent the essence of gesture. What is important in mime is attitude.
MARCEL MARCEAU
In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground...
MARCEL PROUST
It is not because other people are dead that our affection for them grows faint, it is because we ou...
MARCEL PROUST
If you do two versions of a film, they should be identical. With the same frames and settings.
MARCEL CARNE
A secret is not something unrevealed, but something told privately, in a whisper.
MARCEL PAGNOL
As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they ...
MARCEL PROUST
Our goal was that poultry would not get infected by bird flu and we were successful in this.
MARCEL FALK
Don't count the days- make the days count.
MARCEL PAGNOL
Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.
MARCEL PROUST
A fashionable milieu is one in which everybody's opinion is made up of the opinion of all the ot...
MARCEL PROUST
This was to say, however, that she did not long, at times, for some even greater variation, that she...
MARCEL PROUST
So few are the easy victories as the ultimate failures.
MARCEL PROUST
We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness ...
MARCEL PROUST
The ''sensitiveness'' claimed by neurotic is matched by their egotism: they cannot abide the flaunti...
MARCEL PROUST
Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees
MARCEL PROUST
It's risky in a marriage for a man to come home too late, but it can sometimes pose an even greater ...
MARCEL ACHARD
Women like silent men. They think they're listening.
MARCEL ACHARD
People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no rel...
MARCEL PROUST
Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pai...
MARCEL PROUST
We are delighted when a Minister awards us a decoration, even when we have no claim to be thus honou...
MARCEL PROUST
At the moment Switzerland's goal is protecting its poultry from bird flu.
MARCEL FALK
She observed the dumb-show by which her neighbour was expressing her passion for music, but she refr...
MARCEL PROUST
She poured out Swann's tea, inquired "Lemon or cream?" and, on his answering "Cream, please," said t...
MARCEL PROUST
The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, t...
MARCEL PAGNOL
Now my uncle knew many of them [actresses] personally, and also ladies of another class, not clearly...
MARCEL PROUST
Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruel...
MARCEL PROUST
In his younger days a man dreams of possessing the heart of the woman whom he loves; later, the feel...
MARCEL PROUST
Many years have passed since that night. The wall of the staircase up which I had watched the light ...
MARCEL PROUST
Fundamentals point to continued strength in crude oil prices and Canadian Oil Sands Trust is in an e...
MARCEL COUTU
We are already prepared in case bird flu does reach Switzerland. Coordination with the European Unio...
MARCEL FALK
Two years of preparation, it just vanishes and there's nobody to blame. It's not like he can point a...
MARCEL LACROIX
I don't think Roger ever does anything that's not a max effort and a max concentration. He's not goi...
MARCEL LACHEMANN
This is probably one of the most extensive, most expensive and time consuming that we've worked on.
MARCEL MALFREGEOT
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our sou...
MARCEL PROUST
Everything we think of as great has come to us from neurotics. It is they and they alone who found r...
MARCEL PROUST
There's nothing like desire to prevent the things one says from having any resemblance to the things...
MARCEL PROUST