Marcel Duchamp

1887 - 1968

A Quote by Marcel Duchamp on god, death, atheism, liberation, society, determinism, language, chess, play, and pataphysics

All this twaddle, the existence of God, atheism, determinism, liberation, societies, death, etc., are pieces of a chess game called language, and they are amusing only if one does not preoccupy oneself with 'winning or losing this game of chess.' 

Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)

Source: The Box in a Valise, translated by David Britt (New Yorki: Rizzoli, 1989) p285

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A Quote by Marcel Duchamp

As soon as we start putting our thoughts into words and sentences everything gets distorted, language is just no damn good---I use it because I have to, but I don't put any trust in it. We never understand each other.

Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)

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A Quote by Marcel Duchamp on art

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It's not what you see that is art. Art is the gap.

Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)

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A Quote by Marcel Duchamp on art, creativity, work, and world

The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.

Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)

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A Quote by Marcel Duchamp on art and belief

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I don't believe in art. I believe in artists.

Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)

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A Quote by Marcel Duchamp on conformity, force, and order

I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.

Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)

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A Quote by Marcel Duchamp on beauty, chess, design, and poetry

The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chess-board, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem. . . .

Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)

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A Quote by Marcel Duchamp on individuality and interest

The individual, man as a man, man as a brain, if you like, interests me more than what he makes, because I've noticed that most artists only repeat themselves.

Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)

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