Inspirational Quotes from Cy Twombly

I look at a lot of artists. I’m inspired by – I suppose I shouldn’t say ‘inspired,’ but it’s not really influenced. I am inspired. Art comes from art.

Cy Twombly

White paint is my marble.

Cy Twombly

Once I said to my mother: ‘You would be happy if I just kept well-dressed and had good manners,’ and she said: ‘What else is there?’

Cy Twombly

Graffiti is usually a protest – ink on walls – or has a reason for being naughty or aggressive.

Cy Twombly

I have my pace and way of living, and I’m not looking for something.

Cy Twombly

I swear if I had to do this over again, I would just do the paintings and never show them.

Cy Twombly

It’s absurd to talk about paintings that you haven’t finished.

Cy Twombly

I hate roses. Don’t you? It’s all right if you can hide them in a cutting garden, but I think a rose garden is the height of ick.

Cy Twombly

I used to change things in my early paintings to get the nuance or feeling I wanted, but now I plan everything in my head before I do it.

Cy Twombly

The Mediterranean is always just white, white, white.

Cy Twombly

I was brought up to think you don’t talk about yourself.

Cy Twombly

I don’t work 9 to 5.

Cy Twombly

I would’ve liked to have been Poussin, if I’d had a choice, in another time.

Cy Twombly

I work in an impatient way.

Cy Twombly

I’m not an abstractionist completely.

Cy Twombly

To my mind, one does not put oneself in place of the past; one only adds a new link.

Cy Twombly

I love my sculptures, and I was lucky I had them for 50 years because no one would look at them, and I really liked having them around.

Cy Twombly

Virginia is a good start for Italy.

Cy Twombly

Graffiti is linear, and it’s done with a pencil, and it’s like writing on walls.

Cy Twombly

My parents were from New England. It’s very funny, but when I grew up, you always had to say, ‘Yes, ma’am’ and ‘Yes, sir.’

Cy Twombly

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