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M. C. Escher

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Biography - M. C. Escher:

Dutch graphic artist.
Born: 1898 - Died: 1972
20th century
19th century
Place of birth: Netherlands

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.



(French, German, Dutch)

Seuls ceux qui tentent l'absurde peuvent réaliser l'impossible.

Nur wer das Absurde versucht, wird das Unmögliche erreichen.

Alleen zij die het absurde willen benaderen zullen het onmogelijke bereiken.

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So that the possible emerges, the impossible must be tried again and again.

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.

They did not know it was impossible so they did it.

Quotes for: absurd


Quotes for: absurd

Whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

Absurd is lucid reason noting its limits.

Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.

The absurd is born of the confrontation between the human call and the unreasonable silence of the world.

Whoever wants to deceive people must first of all make absurdity plausible.


Quotes for: impossible

Happiness is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves and impossible to find it elsewhere.

We have more strength than will; and it is often merely for an excuse we say things are impossible.

It always seems impossible until its done.

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.


M. C. Escher also said...

My work is a game, a very serious game.

We adore chaos because we love to produce order.

I could fill an entire second life with working on my prints.

In my prints I try to show that we live in a beautiful and orderly world and not in a chaos without norms, as we sometimes seem to.

It is human nature to want to exchange ideas, and I believe that, at bottom, every artist wants no more than to tell the world what he has to say. I have sometimes heard painters say that they paint 'for themselves': but I think they would soon have painted their fill if they lived on a desert island.

He who wonders discovers that this is in itself a wonder.

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