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Inspirational Art Quotes by the famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei
Born Ai Weiwei - Beijing, China - 28th of August, 1957 / Lives China
Famous Ai Weiwei works include the Sunflower Seeds and conceptual works of a political nature. Ai was involved in the design of the famous Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing.

Ai Weiwei Quotes


  • "Stupidity can win for a moment, but it can never really succeed because the nature of humans is to seek freedom. Rulers can delay that freedom, but they cannot stop it."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "For the past year, I've not been allowed to travel, but now by logic and reasoning I'm a free man, except I cannot leave China. You know, I have no desire to travel. I have so many things to do; I cannot finish them now."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "Freedom of expression is a very essential condition for me to make any art. Also, it is an essential value for my life. I have to protect this right and also to fight for the possibility."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "House arrest, travel restrictions, surveillance, stopping phone service, cutting the Internet connection. What we can still do is greet the crazy motherland once again."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "I wouldn't say I've become more radical: I was born radical."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "China is a society which forbids any flow of the information and freedom of speech. This is on record, so everybody should know this."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "Without freedom of speech, there is no modern world, just a barbaric one."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "I will never leave China, unless I am forced to. Because China is mine. I will not leave something that belongs to me in the hands of people I do not trust."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "We have to give our opinion, we have to say something, or we are a part of it. As an artist I am forced to say something."
    Ai Weiwei

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  • "We have to give our opinion, we have to say something, or we are a part of it. As an artist I am forced to say something."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "But censorship by itself doesn't work. It is, as Mao said, about the pen and the gun."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "The individual under this kind of life, with no rights, has absolutely no power in this land. How can they even ask you for creativity? Or imagination, or courage or passion?."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "The fundamental problem is not that there are limits on voicing different opinions here. The problem is that the whole society is dying through lack of responsibility or involvement."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "We should leave behind discrimination, because it is narrow-minded and ignorant, denies contact and warmth, and corrodes mankind's belief that we can better ourselves. The only way to avoid misunderstanding, war, and bloodshed is to defend freedom of expression and to communicate with sincerity, concern, and good intentions."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "My voice is not for me. Every time I make a sentence I think how many people for how many generations had a voice that no one could hear. At most they will be remembered as numbers; in many cases, even numbers don't exist."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "I have to respect my life, and free expression is part of my life. I can never really silence myself."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "Expressing oneself is like a drug. I'm so addicted to it."
    Ai Weiwei
  • "I think everybody deserves freedom. Freedom is such an abstract word, but it's all we need."
    Ai Weiwei

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