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Ai Weiwei

Chinese,  Artist
Total Quotes : 46
Art Grow However

China is an old nation with a colourful history. Its booming economy has triggered an appetite and a curiosity around the world for its art and culture, one that continues to grow. I can, however, tell people that it is a show with no actor.

- Ai Weiwei

Nature Product Everyone

Everyone wants an iPhone, but it would be impossible to design an iPhone in China because it's not a product; it's an understanding of human nature.

- Ai Weiwei

My Life Everybody Shared

China has not established the rule of law and if there is a power above the law there is no social justice. Everybody can be subjected to harm. I'm just a citizen: my life is equal in value to any other. But I'm thankful that when I lost my freedom so many people shared feelings and put such touching effort into helping me.

- Ai Weiwei

Music Tragedy Nation

A nation that has no music and no fairytales is a tragedy.

- Ai Weiwei

Olympic Spirit Include

I don't believe in the so-called Olympic spirit. I speak from personal experience. When China hosted the Games, it failed to include the people. The event was constructed without regard for their joy.

- Ai Weiwei

New Crisis United States

Because of the economic crisis, China and the United States are bound together. This is a totally new phenomenon, and nobody will fight for ideology anymore. It's all about business.

- Ai Weiwei

Myself Me Express

For me, it is OK as long as I can breathe, as long as my heart is pumping, as long as I can express myself.

- Ai Weiwei

Voice Weak Very

Censorship is saying: 'I'm the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.' But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word - even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper.

- Ai Weiwei

Giving Away Communicate

As a person, I was born to give out my opinions. By giving out my opinions, I realize who I am. As long as I can communicate, I'm not so lonely. If I cannot travel, or do art, or have company, if they take away all my belongings, it doesn't matter at all.

- Ai Weiwei

Chance Asking Obsessed

I call on people to be 'obsessed citizens,' forever questioning and asking for accountability. That's the only chance we have today of a healthy and happy life.

- Ai Weiwei

Artist Tell Maybe

People are always wondering if I am an artist or political activist or politician. Maybe I'll just clearly tell you: Whatever I do is not art. Let's say it is just objects or materials, movies or writing, but not art, OK?

- Ai Weiwei

Art Most Shows

I'm most embarrassed at my art shows, even though I don't show it.

- Ai Weiwei

Image Very Hosts

Beijing's Olympics were very grand - they were trying to throw a party for the world, but the hosts didn't enjoy it. The government didn't care about people's feelings because it was trying to create an image.

- Ai Weiwei

Nation Sportsmen Endlessly

Historically, China is not a nation of sportsmen. We traditionally put more emphasis on being close to nature than pushing endlessly to excel. A philosophy that values tranquil contemplation of the landscape cannot easily be adapted to the Olympic slogan of 'higher, stronger, faster.'

- Ai Weiwei

Need Great Britain Britain

Because Great Britain has self-confidence, it doesn't need a monumental Olympics.

- Ai Weiwei

Think New Discussing

I don't think it's worth discussing new directions in the context of Chinese art - there were no old directions, either. Chinese art has never had any clear orientation.

- Ai Weiwei

Art Pain Nothing

If my art has nothing to do with people's pain and sorrow, what is 'art' for?

- Ai Weiwei

Tackling Strategic Romney

For all the tough talk about China during the presidential debates, Romney and Obama evaded any mention of China's suspect human rights record, corruption, and rule of law. By not tackling these controversial topics, the candidates are protecting a strategic partnership with China at the expense of essential human values and beliefs.

- Ai Weiwei

Constitution Here Had

Chinese citizens have never had the right to really express their opinions; in the constitution it says you can, but in the real world it is more dangerous. In the west people think it's a right they're born with. Here it's a right given by the government, and one that's not really practised.

- Ai Weiwei

Attitude Very Attitudes

China and the U.S. are two societies with very different attitudes towards opinion and criticism. In China, I am constantly under surveillance. Even my slightest, most innocuous move can - and often is - censored by Chinese authorities.

- Ai Weiwei