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Jean Michel Basquiat's top quotes. 'I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was young.' 'I like kids' work more than work by real artists any day.' 'There are about 30 words around you all the time, like 'thread' or 'exit.''


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I wanted to be a cartoonist when I was young.


I like kids' work more than work by real artists any day.


There are about 30 words around you all the time, like 'thread' or 'exit.'


Since I was seventeen I thought I might be a star. I'd think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix... I had a romantic feeling about how these people became famous.


The country makes me more paranoid, you know? I think the crazy people out there are little crazier.


Believe it or not, I can actually draw.


I had some money, I made the best paintings ever. I was completely reclusive, worked a lot, took a lot of drugs. I was awful to people.


I am not a black artist, I am an artist.


I was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist; or I'd draw a big ram's head, really messy. I'd never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect Spiderman.


The black person is the protagonist in most of my paintings. I realized that I didn't see many paintings with black people in them.


I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.


Charles Saatchi has never liked my work at all.


I wanted to build up a name for myself.


I want to make paintings that look as if they were made by a child.


Occasionally, when I get mad at a woman, I'll do some great, awful painting about her.


I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life.


I'm not a real person. I'm a legend.


I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot.


I start a picture and I finish it.


Some days I can't get an idea, and I think, 'Man, I'm just washed up,' but it's just a mood.



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