Ten great Giacometti quotes:

I began to do sculpture because that was precisely the realm in which I understood least. I couldn’t endure having it elude me completely. I had no choice.

Art is the only way to escape from the chaos of existence.

There is no such thing as perfect beauty, only the beauty found in imperfection.

The act of creation is an act of vulnerability.

I am constantly torn between the desire to create and the fear of failing.

The one thing that fills me with enthusiasm is to try, despite everything, to get nearer to those visions that seem so hard to express.

It is impossible to do a thing the way I see it because the closer I get the more differently I see.

The more you fail, the more you succeed. It is only when everything is lost and – instead of giving up – you go on, that you experience the momentary prospect of some slight progress. Suddenly you have the feeling – be it an illusion or not – that something new has opened up.

In a burning building, I would save a cat before a Rembrandt.

When I make my drawings, the path traced by my pencil on the sheet of paper is, to some extent, analogous to the gesture of a man groping his way in the darkness.

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