Tracey Emin quotes

  • Art is like a lover whom you run away from but who comes back and picks you up.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Running #Art #Lovers

  • The wheel that squeaks gets the oil.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Oil #Wheels

  • I have hardly any friends who aren't gay
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Gay

  • It pleases me that people can be interactive
    -- Tracey Emin

    #People #Please

  • They grew really quickly. One minute I didn't have any ***** and the next I had the biggest ***** in the world
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Next #World #Grew

  • I thought it would be my one and only exhibition, so I decided to call it My Major Retrospective
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Exhibitions #Would Be #My One And Only

  • I'm not trying to find another thing that's wrong with me, but I'm such a nice person, and I have a couple of drinks and I'm really good fun and then I'm really not fun
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Couple #Fun #Nice

  • I've been slagged off completely by the art world
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Art #World

  • There should be something revelatory about art. It should be totally creative and open doors for new thoughts and experiences.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Art #Doors #Creative

  • I've got over so much. Mum wouldn't want anything to come into my life that would make me fragile again
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Want #Mum

  • Sometimes i feel lonely, but it's ok
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Lonely #Sometimes #Feels

  • People don't remember. Revenge is sweet.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Sweet #Revenge #People

  • Theres different kinds of love, and Id never experienced that kind of totally platonic love. All the love Ive experienced has always been a kind of deal, and now, as I get older, I realise that theres this other love out there.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Different #Kind #Platonic Love

  • The soul will always do what it needs to do,
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Soul #Needs

  • Being an artist and having to be responsible for the art that you make is really quite challenging, and as you get older it becomes more and more difficult.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Art #Challenges #Aging

  • I'm not opposed to commerce, even though I'm an artist.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Artist #Commerce

  • I had to come to terms with my failure as an artist... I had to find a way for myself.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Failure #Artist #Way

  • What's really good about the word 'art' is that 'art' is a word like 'love,' or 'god,' or whatever. It transcends so many things...
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Art #Art Is

  • If I didn't want to work for a couple of years, I wouldn't have to-it's a great feeling, to know I'm doing it because I want to do it
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Couple #Years #Feelings

  • It's my memory, and what happened between that moment 10 or 15 years ago and now, there's a lot of gray area
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Memories #Years #Moments

  • One thing that success has taught me is censorship
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Taught #Censorship

  • My New Year's Eve is always 2 July, the night before my birthday. That's the night I make my resolutions. And this year scares the life out of me, because no matter how successful, how good things appear, there is always a deep core of failure within me, although I am trying to deal with it. My biggest fear, this coming year, is that I will be waking up alone. It makes me wonder how many bodies will be fished out of the Thames, how many decaying corpses will be found in one-room flats. I'm just being realistic.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #New Year #Successful #Night

  • The words went round and round and round in my mind and my body, until I knew they were no longer my words but something that had been carved into my heart. And now my soul was crying.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Heart #Soul #Mind

  • I want to spend my life with someone and do nice things and go on adventures, read books and have nice food and celebrate things. I don't want to spend the rest of my life in the bedroom like some people who just go to bed and never get out again.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Nice #Book #Adventure

  • My mum has never wanted me to have children. She thinks I would be destroying my life, even now.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Children #Thinking #Would Be

  • I don't ask for an apology because it's only tomorrow's fish-and-chip paper.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Apology #Paper #Tomorrow

  • All the mistakes I've ever made in my life have been when I've been drunk. I haven't made hardly any mistakes sober, ever, ever.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Life #Mistake #Drunk

  • I found that life has to be edited to continue.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Found

  • I had become conscious of my physicality, aware of my presence and open to the ugly truths of the world. At the age of thirteen, I realised that there was a danger in innocence and beauty, and I could not live with both.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Age #World #Ugly

  • Strolling on the plateau of life, desperate for the mountain, I never thought that I would get this far. It's only art that has carried me through, given me faith in my own existence. But now I am approaching a point in my life where I desire more...
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Art #Desire #Mountain

  • What is truth? Truth doesn't really exist. Who is going to judge whether my experience of an incident is more valid than yours? No one can be trusted to be the judge of that.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Judging #Incidents #Trusted

  • When it comes to words I have a uniqueness that I find almost impossible in art – and it's my words that actually make my art quite unique.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Art #Unique #Impossible

  • When I think about sex it makes me realise how alone I feel.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Sex #Thinking #Feels

  • There is no comparison between him and me; he developed a whole new way of making art and he's clearly in a league of his own. It would be like making comparisons with Warhol.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Art #League #Way

  • People try constantly to use me, and I hate it.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Hate #People #Trying

  • Maybe I don't believe things myself, as well. Truth is such a transient thing
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Believe #Truth Is #Wells

  • It wasn't so much destroying my dancing, it was destroying me
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Dancing #Destroying

  • I am fiercely independent and I probably wouldn't be if it wasn't for the way in which I was brought up
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Independent #Way

  • Have you ever longed for someone so much, so deeply that you thought you would die? That your heart would just stop beating? I am longing now, but for whom I don't know. My whole body craves to be held. I am desperate to love and be loved. I want my mind to float into another's. I want to be set free from despair by the love I feel for another. I want to be physically part of someone else. I want to be joined. I want to be open and free to explore every part of them, as though I were exploring myself.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Heart #Mind #Despair

  • The idea that I'm going to have to sit down to write some fiction where I'm going to have to think of a plot would really scare me, because it would come out a mess.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Writing #Thinking #Ideas

  • There is nothing difficult about my work, and people get to hear it from me.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #People #Difficult

  • There's so much stuff said about me that's not true, so now if something is hurtful and wrong, I send an e-mail or letter immediately, saying, This is not true.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Hurtful #Mail #Stuff

  • I really love animals. My cat is my little soul mate. He's not just a cat, he's my friend.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Cat #Animal #Soul

  • Most people don't do something seminal. I've done it twice: with my tent and my bed. Picasso did it with Cubism.
    -- Tracey Emin

    #Art #People #Done