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- There is something in painting which cannot be explained, and that something is the essential. You come to Nature with your theories, and she knocks them all flat.
- As quoted in Masterpieces of painting from the National Gallery of Art (1944), p. 168
- To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.
- As quoted in Luncheon of the Boating Party (2007) by Susan Vreeland