I just finished reading Yves Alain Bois' text on Matisse, which talks all about how he conceived of whole paintings and surfaces as a dynamic whole, sort of figuring Matisse as a pre-deconstructionist as practicing "arche-drawing." Bois notes that Matisse hated writing, but here are a few quotes of his that I like:
"A young woman has young claws, well sharpened. If she has character, that is. And if she hasn't so much the worse for you."
"An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc."
"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence."
"He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back."
"I would like to recapture that freshness of vision which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it."
"You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover."