Famous Quotes by Auguste Rodin

I invent nothing, I rediscover.

To produce good sculpture it is not necessary to copy the works of antiquity; it is necessary first of all to regard the works of nature, and to see in those of the classics only the method by which they have interpreted nature.

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Be a man before being an artist.

The sculptor must learn to reproduce the surface, which means all that vibrates on the surface: spirit, soul, love, passion — life... Sculpture is thus the art of hollows and mounds, not of smoothness, or even polished planes.

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I do not need.

Patience is also a form of action.

Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump.

True artists are almost the only men who do their work for pleasure.

Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.

To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.

Man's naked form belongs to no particular moment in history; it is eternal, and can be looked upon with joy by the people of all ages.