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Marie Bashkirtseff

  • What am I? Nothing. What would I be? Everything.

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1876, in Mary J. Serrano, trans., Letters of Marie Bashkirtseff ()
  • When one misses an opportunity one is apt to fancy that another will never present itself.

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1884, in Mary J. Serrano, trans., Letters of Marie Bashkirtseff ()
  • ... art consists precisely in making us admire old stories, charming us with them eternally, as Nature charms with her eternal sun, her ancient earth, and her men built all on the same pattern, and all animated by the same feelings ...

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • letter to de Maupassant (1884), in Mary J. Serrano, trans., Letters of Marie Bashkirtseff ()
  • ... Art just consists in making us swallow the commonplaces by charming us eternally ...

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • letter to de Maupassant (1884), The Further Memoirs of Marie Bashkirtseff ()
  • ... one life would not suffice, mine especially. To touch everything and leave nothing after oneself! Ah! my God! I hope better than that. Ah! I am very cowardly, and under the blow of such a terror I am ready to believe in priests.

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1884, The Further Memoirs of Marie Bashkirtseff ()
  • I am my own heroine.

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1874 , in Mary J. Serrano, trans., The Journal of a Young Artist ()
  • Life, that is Paris! Paris, that is life!

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1873 , in Mary J. Serrano, trans., The Journal of a Young Artist ()
  • The expectation of an unpleasantness is more terrible than the thing itself.

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1873 , in Mary J. Serrano, trans., The Journal of a Young Artist ()
  • ... I will never love, for I should never be loved as I desire to be loved.

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1874 , in Mary J. Serrano, trans., The Journal of a Young Artist ()
  • Let us love dogs; let us love only dogs! Men and cats are unworthy creatures.

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1874 , in Mary J. Serrano, trans., The Journal of a Young Artist ()
  • I want to live faster, faster, faster! ... I fear that this desire to live always at high pressure is the presage of a short existence. Who knows?

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1874, who died at age twenty-three, in Mary J. Serrano, trans., The Journal of a Young Artist ()
  • ... Art ... is as much a source of happiness for the beginner as for the master. One forgets everything in one's work ...

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1877 , in Mary J. Serrano, trans., The Journal of a Young Artist ()
  • Time is the most terrible, the most discouraging, the most unconquerable of all obstacles, and one that may exist when no other does.

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1878 , in Mary J. Serrano, trans., The Journal of a Young Artist ()
  • I long to see everything, to know everything, to learn everything!

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1878 , in Mary J. Serrano, trans., The Journal of a Young Artist ()
  • Soul is as necessary in a painting as body.

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1881 , in Mary J. Serrano, trans., The Journal of a Young Artist ()
  • Nothing is ever so good or so bad in reality as it is in the anticipation.

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1883, in Mary J. Serrano, trans., The Journal of a Young Artist ()
  • When I die my death will be caused by indignation at the stupidity of human nature ...

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • 1877 , in Mary J. Serrano, trans., The Journal of a Young Artist ()
  • They who see only what they wish to see in those around them are very fortunate.

    • Marie Bashkirtseff
  • To a woman who knows her own mind men can only be a minor consideration.

    • Marie Bashkirtseff
  • This transitory existence cannot be all; it does not satisfy our reason or our aspirations.

    • Marie Bashkirtseff,
    • in Mary J. Serrano, trans., Letters of Marie Bashkirtseff ()

Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian diarist, artist, musician

(1860 - 1884)

Full name: Mariya Konstantinovna Bashkirtseva.