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Top quotes by Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell's top quotes. 'The remarks about my reaching the age of Social Security and coming to the end of the road, they jolted me. And that was good. Because I sure as hell had no intention of just sitting around for the rest of my life. So I'd whip out the paints and really go to it.'


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The remarks about my reaching the age of Social Security and coming to the end of the road, they jolted me. And that was good. Because I sure as hell had no intention of just sitting around for the rest of my life. So I'd whip out the paints and really go to it.


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A face in the picture would bother me, so I'd rub it out with the turpentine and do it over.


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I didn't know what to expect from a famous movie star; maybe that he'd be sort of stuck-up, you know. But not Gary Cooper. He horsed around so much... that I had a hard time painting him.


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Eisenhower had about the most expressive face I ever painted, I guess. Just like an actor's. Very mobile. When he talked, he used all the facial muscles. And he had a great, wide mouth that I liked. When he smiled, it was just like the sun came out.


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Here in New England, the character is strong and unshakable.


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I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.


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Everyone in those days expected that art students were wild, licentious characters. We didn't know how to be, but we sure were anxious to learn.


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The '20s ended in an era of extravagance, sort of like the one we're in now. There was a big crash, but then the country picked itself up again, and we had some great years. Those were the days when American believed in itself. I was happy and proud to be painting it.


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I'm tired, but proud.


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No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!


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My best efforts were some modern things that looked like very lousy Matisses. Thank God I had the sense to realize they were lousy, and leave Paris.


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Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.


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Things aren't much wilder now, I don't think, than they were back then. Of course I just read about all the goings-on now. Ha.


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It was a pretty rough neighborhood where I grew up The really tough places were over around Third Avenue where it ran into the Harlem River, but we weren't far away.


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I'm the oldest antique in town.


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Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.


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I'm not going to be caught around here for any fool celebration. To hell with birthdays!


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Some folks think I painted Lincoln from life, but I haven't been around that long. Not quite.


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The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.


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When I go to farms or little towns, I am always surprised at the discontent I find. And New York, too often, has looked across the sea toward Europe. And all of us who turn our eyes away from what we have are missing life.



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