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Anne Truitt

  • ... the more visible my work became, the less visible I grew to myself.

  • I had forgotten what sleep is like — a kingdom all its own.

  • Their [artists'] essential effort is to catapult themselves wholly, without holding back one bit, into a course of action without having any idea where they will end up. They are like riders who gallop into the night, eagerly leaning on their horse's neck, peering into a blinding rain. And they have to do it over and over again.

  • I come to the point of using steel, and simply cannot. It's like the marriage proposal of a perfectly eligible man who just isn't loveable. It is wood I love.

  • It is ultimately character that underwrites art.

  • January is my favorite month, when the light is plainest, least colored. And I like the feeling of beginnings.

  • There are murders as subtle as a turned eye.

  • There is an appalling amount of mechanical work in the artist's life ... Talent is mysterious, but the qualities that guard, foster, and direct it are not unlike those of a good quartermaster.

  • ... the capacity to work feeds on itself and has its own course of development. This is what artists have going for them.

  • I have no home but me.

  • The most demanding part of living a lifetime as an artist is the strict discipline of forcing oneself to work steadfastly along the nerve of one's own most intimate sensitivity.

  • The end of parenthood is implicit in its beginning: separation.

  • Generosity is often the stalking horse of control.

  • ... artists often lie behind on the field long after the art combine, the broad-bladed harvester of informed criticism, has mowed, bailed, and stored the crop.

  • If what I am watching evaporated before my eyes, I would remain.

  • The art of being officially old seems to lie in cooperative submission.

  • Our society is monstrously disjunctive, at once so efficient in war and so inefficient in caring for the welfare of its members. It is frightening to see people rooting in garbage pails on streets, living in cardboard crates under bridges, while their government wages war. Even when there is an emergency in a household, decent parents do not forget to feed the children.

  • The finest teaching touches in a student a spring neither teacher nor student could possibly have preconceived.

  • The difference between men and women is inalienable. It is not a political fact, subject to cultural definition and redefinition, but a physical verity. We do truthfully experience our lives differently because our bodies are different. It is in what we do with our experience that we are the same. We feel, absorb and examine with the same intensity, and intense experience honestly examined informs the art of both sexes equally. ... The power of imagination illuminates all human lives in common.

  • ... the knowledge of personal failure ... is the invaluable predicate of all honest compassion.

  • I have slowly come to realize that a family is composed of people who are teaching one another.

Anne Truitt, U.S. sculptor, artist

(1921 - 2004)

Full name: Anne Dean Truitt.