Don?t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.
I believe that every person is born with talent.
My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention ... arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.
Never stand begging for what one has the power to earn.
The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.
For me, I'm focused on what I want to do. I know what I need to do to be a champion, so I'm working on it.
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
I trust that everything happens for a reason, even if we are not wise enough to see it.
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
I will take fate by the throat; it will never bend me completely to its will.
Don't let anyone tell you what you ought to like... Some wines that some experts think are absolutely exquisite don't appeal to me at all.
Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.