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1. “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

2. “I drank because I wanted to drown my sorrows. But now the damned things have learned to swim, and now decency and good behavior weary me.”

3. “I don’t paint dreams or nightmares; I paint my own reality.”

4. “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”

5. “They say never trust a limping dog or the tears of a woman.”

6. “Can verbs be made up? I’ll tell you one. I heaven you, so my wings will open wide to love you boundlessly. I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”

7. “I love you more than my own skin and even though you don’t love me the same way, you love me anyways, don’t you? And if you don’t, I’ll always have the hope that you do, and I’m satisfied with that. Love me a little. I adore you.”

8. “I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return.”

9. “This is how it feels to be in this broken female body. This is how it feels to be alone. This is how it feels to be me. I dare you to look…and once you look, I’m going to make sure you cannot look away.”

10. “I had something in my throat. It felt like I had swallowed the whole world.”

11. “I paint flowers so they will not die.”

12. “Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”

13. “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”

14. “Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.”

15. “I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.”

20. “Sexism and racism are parallel problems. You can compare them in some ways, but they’re not at all the same. But they’re both symptoms inside the white male power structure.”

21. “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

22. “They are so damn ‘intellectual’ and rotten that I can’t stand them anymore…I [would] rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those ‘artistic’ b*it*c*he*s of Paris.”

23. “Passion is the bridge that takes you from pain to change.”

25. “I don’t give a s*hi*t what the world thinks. I was born a b*i*tc*h, I was born a painter, I was born f*uc*k*ed. But I was happy in my way. You did not understand what I am. I am love. I am pleasure, I am essence, I am an idiot, I am an alcoholic, I am tenacious. I am; simply I am … You are a s*h*it.”

26. “I am in agreement with everything my father taught me and nothing my mother taught me.”

27. “The most important thing for everyone in Gringolandia is to have ambition and become ‘somebody,’ and frankly, I don’t have the least ambition to become anybody.”

28. “You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts.”

29. “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.”

30. “There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the train the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.”

31. “I am that clumsy human, always loving, loving, loving. And loving. And never leaving.”

32. “Pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence”

33. “I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s – my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.”

34. “My painting carries with it the message of pain.”

36. “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”

37. “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”

38. “Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain.”

39. “High society here turns me off and I feel a bit of rage against all these rich guys here, since I have seen thousands of people in the most terrible misery without anything to eat and with no place to sleep, that is what has most impressed me here, it is terrifying to see the rich having parties day and night while thousands and thousands of people are dying of hunger…”

40. “I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”

41. “They sit for hours in the “cafes” warming their precious behinds, and talk without stopping about “culture” “art” “revolution” and so on and so forth, thinking themselves the gods of the world, dreaming the most fantastic nonsenses and poisoning the air with theories and theories that never come true.”

42. “What I wanted to express very clearly and intensely was that the reason these people had to invent or imagine heroes and gods is pure fear. Fear of life and fear of death.”

43. “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”

44. “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.”

45. “We like being sick to protect ourselves. Someone – something – always protects us from the truth – Our own ignorance and fear. Fear of everything – fear of knowing that we are no more than vectors direction construction and destruction to be alive.”

46. “You deserve a lover who wants you disheveled, with everything and all the reasons that wake you up in a haste and the demons that won’t let you sleep.”

47. “People in general are scared to death of the war and all the exhibition have been a failure, because the rich – don’t want to buy anything”

49. “It was worthwhile to come here only to see why Europe is rottening, why all this people – good for nothing – are the cause of all the Hitlers and Mussolinis.”

50. “I am nauseated by all these rotten people in Europe – and these f**uc*ki**ng “democracies” are not worth even a crumb.”

51. “You too know that all my eyes see, all I touch with myself, from any distance, is Diego. The caress of fabrics, the color of colors, the wires, the nerves, the pencils, the leaves, the dust, the cells, the war and the sun, everything experienced in the minutes of the non-clocks and the non-calendars and the empty non-glances, is him.”

52. “This upper class is disgusting and I’m furious at all these rich people here, having seen thousands of people in abject squalor.”

53. “What would I do without the absurd and the ephemeral?”

54. “I don’t know how to write love letters.”

55. “My Diego: Mirror of the night Your eyes green swords inside my flesh. Waves between our hands. All of you in a space full of sounds — in the shade and in the light. You were called auxochrome the one who captures color. I chromophore— the one who gives color. You are all the combinations of numbers. life. My wish is to understand lines form shades movement. You fulfill and I receive. Your word travels the entirety of space and reaches my cells which are my stars then goes to yours which are my light.”

56. “I could kill that guy and eat it afterwards…”

57. “Perhaps it is expected that I should lament about how I have suffered living with a man like Diego. But I do not think that the banks of a river suffer because they let the river flow, nor does the earth suffer because of the rains, nor does the atom suffer for letting its energy escape. To my way of thinking, everything has its natural compensation.”

58. “My paintings are well-painted, not nimbly but patiently. My painting contains in it the message of pain. I think that at least a few people are interested in it. It’s not revolutionary. Why keep wishing for it to be belligerent? I can’t. Painting completed my life. I lost three children and a series of other things that would have fulfilled my horrible life. My painting took the place of all of this. I think work is the best.”

59. “The industrial part of Detroit is really the most interesting side, otherwise it’s like the rest of the United States, ugly and stupid.”

60. “Remember that every tick tock is a second of life that goes by and doesn’t repeat itself. There is in it so much intensity, so much interest, that there is only the problem of how to live it. To each one to resolve their own best as they can.”

61. “Today is like always”

63. “I must fight with all my strength so that the little positive things that my health allows me to do might be pointed toward helping the revolution. The only real reason for living.”

64. “You deserve a lover who takes away the lies and brings you hope, coffee, and poetry.”

65. “Her view of life, she told a friend, was: “Make love. Take a bath. Make love again.”

66. “Everything exists, and moves, under only one law – life”

67. “I want to be inside your darkest everything.”

68. “To feel the anguish of waiting for the next moment and of taking part in the complex current (of affairs) not knowing that we are headed toward ourselves, through millions of stone beings – of bird beings – of star beings – of microbe beings – of fountain beings toward ourselves.”

69. “Don’t build a wall around your suffering. It may devour you from the inside.”

70. “I have never expected anything from my work but the satisfaction I could get from it by the very fact of painting and saying what I couldn’t say otherwise.”

71. “The most important part of the body is the brain. Of my face, I like the eyebrows and eyes.”

72. “The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”

73. “To paint is the most terrific thing that there is, but to do it well is very difficult.”

74. “Since my subjects have always been my sensations, my states of mind and the profound reactions that life has been producing in me, I have frequently objectified all this in figures of myself, which were the most sincere and real thing that I could do in order to express what I felt inside and outside of myself.”

75. “I was a child who went about in a world of colors… My friends, my companions, became women slowly; I became old in instants.”

76. “You deserve a lover who makes you feel safe, who can consume this world whole if he walks hand in hand with you; someone who believes that his embraces are a perfect match with your skin.”

77.  “The most interesting thing about the so-called lies of Diego is that, sooner or later, the ones involved in the imaginary tale get angry, not because of the lies, but because of the truth contained in the lies, which always comes forth.”

78. “Really, I do not know whether my paintings are surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the frankest expression of myself.”

79. “I cannot speak of Diego as my husband because that term, when applied to him, is an absurdity. He never has been, nor will he ever be, anybody’s husband.”

80. “Diego was everything; my child, my lover, my universe.”

81. “I warn you that in this picture I am painting of Diego there will be colors which even I am not fully acquainted with. Besides, I love Diego so much I cannot be an objective speculator of him or his life.”

82. “I don’t want anything to hurt him, nothing to bother him and rob him of the energy he needs for living, for living as he likes, for painting, seeing, loving, eating, sleeping, being by himself, being with someone…but I’d never want him to be sad. If I had good health, I would give him all of it, if I had youth, he could take it all.”

83. “I’d like to paint you, but there are no colors, because there are so many, in my confusion, the tangible form of my great love.”

84. “I wanted to tell you that my whole being opened for you. Since I fell in love with you everything is transformed and is full of beauty… love is like an aroma, like a current, like rain.”

85. “Nothing compares to your hands, nothing like the green-gold of your eyes. My body is filled with you for days and days. You are the mirror of the night. The violent flash of lightning. The dampness of the earth. The hollow of your armpits is my shelter. My fingers touch your blood. All my joy is to feel life spring from your flower-fountain that mine keeps filling all the paths of my nerves which are yours.”

86. “From you to my hands, I caress your entire body, and I am with you for a minute and I am with myself for a moment. And my blood is the miracle which runs in the vessels of the air from my heart to yours.”

87. “There isn’t enough time there, isn’t enough nothing. There is only reality. What once was is long gone! What remains, are the transparent roots appearing transformed into an eternal fruit tree Your fruits already give scent your flowers give color blooming in the joy of wind and flower.”

88. “It’s not possible to present an accurate picture of our culture without all the voices of the people in the culture. So at the emerging level, you can’t have a good survey art show without women and artists of color.”

89. “I am nothing but a “small damned” part of a revolutionary movement. Always revolutionary never dead, never useless.”

90. “Everyone’s opinions about things change over time. Nothing is constant. Everything changes. And to hold onto some dogged idea forever is a little rigid and maybe naive.”

91. “I’ll wait for you. You responded to a sense with your voice and I’m full of you, waiting for your words which will make me grow and will enrich me.”

92. “Through the round numbers and the colored nerves, the stars are made and the worlds are sounds.”

93. “Years. Waiting with anguish hidden away, my spine broken, and the immense glance, footless through the vast path… Carrying on my life enclosed in steel.”

94. “My toys were those of a boy: skates, bicycles.”

95. “There is nothing left everything revolves.”

96. “A despair which no words can describe. I’m still eager to live. I’ve started to paint again. … I feel uneasy about my painting.”

97. “I want a storm to come and flood us into a song that no one wrote.”

98. “Mankind owns its destiny, and its destiny is the earth. We are destroying it until we have no destiny.”

99. “So forgotten and so firm. Snail shells and the bride-doll, is yours too – I mean, it is you.”

100. “Quietly the grief, loudly the pain. The accumulated poison love faded away. Mine was a strange world of criminal silences of strangers’ watchful eyes misreading the evil. Darkness in the daytime, I didn’t live the nights.”

101. “Of the opposite sex, I have the moustache and, in general, the face.”

102. “I never knew I was a surrealist till Andre Breton came to Mexico and told me I was.”

103. “… there is a skeleton (or death) that flees terrified in the face of my will to live.”

104. “Loyalty is important to me. Can you be loyal?”

105. “I don’t need rescuing, Diego.”

106. “Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a wardrobe, where you were ‘sure’ of finding shirts.”

107. “I just want your serious opinion.”

108. “What do you think matters most for a good marriage?”

109. I find that Americans completely lack sensibility and good taste. They are boring, and they all have faces like unbaked rolls.

110. “Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”


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