It is an monumental struggle to bring even small pieces of our puzzling universe into an ordered form. Escher kept at this task for a lifetime, finding order in chaos and the extraordinary in the commonplace. In doing so he searched deeply into the mysteries around us all, and he helped those of us lucky enough to live with his pictures enjoy the mystery and the magic of his visions.

Escher was well-known for saying surprisingly little about the meaning of his artworks, but he did say...

"Which reality is more powerful, the reality of the present or our memory of the past? We all know there are unreal worlds, but are we quite sure there is a real one? I can't answer that."

"I could fill another lifetime with making prints"

"Beauty is a nasty business... I pursue astonishment"

"When I am onto something, I think I am making the most beautiful thing in the whole world... I sit there in the evening gazing lovingly at it, and this love is far greater than any love for a person. The next day my eyes are opened again"

"It is as if the artist is a spiritualistic medium, and he is amazed by what he sees appearing under his hand. The creatures are very stubborn about how they are to be drawn!"

"It sometimes seems to me that we are all afflicted with an urge and have a longing for the impossible. The reality around is too common, too dull, too ordinary for us. We hanker after the unnatural, the supernatural, that which does not exist... We long for a miracle!"

"If only you knew the things I have seen in the darkness of night, at times I have nearly been driven mad at being unable to express these things in visual terms. In comparison with my visions, every single print is a failure and reflects not even a fraction of what might have been."

"I believe that producing pictures, as I do, is almost solely a question of wanting so very much to do it well."

"I could fill an entire second life with working on my prints."

"To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am."

"At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important."

"Mine is a story that no other artist on earth could tell you. It doesn't sound very modest, but what can I do? That is simply the way it is."
"I don't grow up. In me is the small child of my early days."
"The things I want to express are so beautiful and pure."
"I walk around in mysteries. I am always wandering around in enigmas."
"The things I want to express are so beautiful and pure."
"So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part, I aim at the stars."
"Those who wonder discover that this is, in itself, a wonder."
"To the end of his life my father, M. C. Escher, refused to believe that he was more than anything else a mathematician. 'Look,' he said about his tilings, 'all I do is play! I just try to fit little animals together! I don't find it easy, but I have incredible fun finding ways of doing it!'" George Escher
"It isn't safe to sit in judgment upon another person's illusion when you are not on the inside. While you are thinking it is a dream, he may be knowing it is a planet." Mark Twain
"The dimension that counts for the creative person is the space he creates within himself. This inner space is closer to the infinite than the other, and it is the privilege of the balanced mind... and the search for an equilibrium is essential - to be as aware of inner space as he is of outer space. "
Mark Tobey