"Have you been sailing? It’s like that. Sailing consists of long periods of complete and utter boredom, punctuated by moments of sublime terror."
"Sound and music are dangerous precisely because they are very potent tools of resistance. Music cuts right through the intellect and appeals to the emotions."
"I was reading somewhere today that almost all religious places have a meteorite at their heart."
"I like intensity piled upon intensity piled upon intensity piled upon endurance piled upon relentlessness."
"If I don’t paint, I start to question life. I start to question painting itself."
"It’s sort of like someone showing up with a bunch of roses. It’s not really a bad thing, but it’s also not going to be it, is it?"
"When my friends ask me where I want to go, I say, 'Where there are no human beings.'"
"Of course Singapore is an empire of humidity, which is a kind of water. And also water as a trade, as a circulation of language, bodies and goods."
"And why does this other world exist: why do we expect a utopia?"
"There is a true rebel inside me, but when I perform that into an action, I'm not a very energetic and aggressive type. I'm a moderate."
"Actually, if I thought things were getting a little too sweet, I’d go towards these nasty ones."
"Marvelous not meaning beautiful and pleasant, but extraordinary, strange and excellent."
"When I’m painting, I’m the first person to witness that the moment depicted is happening. Throughout the process, I’m the only person really reacting to that scenery."
"I don't believe in the death of anything."