I became a painter because I wanted to raise painting to the level of poignancy of music and poetry.
I don’t want to be struck by lightning and don’t need certain slants of light in order to write.
The difference between a bad artist and a good one is: The bad artist seems to copy a great deal; the good one really does.
The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.
Cezanne’s anxiety, that is what interests us.
Art never seems to make me peaceful or pure. I always seem to be wrapped in the melodrama of vulgarity.
Willem de Kooning
All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.
Writing is a visual art. You want the reader to see what you’re saying.
We are surprised and delighted when we come upon a natural style, for instead of an author we find a man.
I don’t know about method. The what is so much more important than the how.
I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.