"The (true) quality of human beings can be realized without destruction; but it can never be realized without imagination. It is precisely because our peace is so devoid of organized, constructive imagination, that the organized destruction of war appeals so potently to the imaginations of men, by giving scope for their qualities of spiritual heroism."
"Each thing we see hides something else we want to see."
"Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day."
"...the modern art-gallery not only isolates the work of art from its context but makes it forgather with rival or even hostile works. It is a confrontation of metamorphoses."
"The present age delights in unearthing a great man's secrets; for one thing because we like to temper our admiration and also perhaps because we have a vague hope of finding a clue to genius in such "revelations."
"A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."
"I never, for instance, have the urge to paint animals 'the way I see them,' but rather the way they are... The way they themselves look at the world and feel their being"
"Happiness is being on the beam with life -- to feel the pull of life."
"...art, true art, rightly understood, is not pretty, because it involves the destruction of the sameness that we have become inured to over time, and most people resent it when some new artist destroys artistic illusions they have worked hard to acquire."
"I am simply conscious of the forces I am using and I am driven on by an idea that I really only grasp as it grows with the picture."
"There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted."
"Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
"Genius is a bend in the creek where bright water has gathered, and which mirrors the trees, the sky and the banks. It just does that because it is there and the scenery is there. Talent is a fine mirror with a silver frame, with the name of the owner engraved on the back."
--EDGAR LEE MASTERS
"To write simply is as difficult as to be good."
--WILLIAM S. MAUGHAM
"Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit."
--WILLIAM S. MAUGHAM
"The condition that Mother-nature is in is the condition that we are in."
"Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem."
"Modern art gives a picture of the dark forces at work in our machine civilization, and to a great extent its picture is true. But...it fails to give us a picture of the living spirit of man, that high adventurer who has discovered these forces...the task of Art may well be to rescue man from his own creation, the machine, that he may...find instead the treasure of soul and spirit he bears within..."
"Art is essential to the healing of our social sickness, in its every phase. But if the artist loses sight of the sources of his art in supersensible experience, our world is left hungering."
"Nowadays...demonic forms and colors, pictures of disintegration, often technically brilliant in execution, grin at us even from the walls of some of our finest galleries. They speak to us -- we are told it is the message of our time -- in the lifeless black, the lurid reds, the muddy browns, greens, purples and grays, like the slime on an oozing city-polluted river bed. They may fill us with the inner disgust, but if so we are scorned by the intelligentsia as benighted innocents, clinging to the sentimentality of the past. Beauty is now only to be found in the ugly, and the more ugliness, the more we must admire it. Beauty seems no longer an aim, but even a hindrance in art."
"Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen."
"The artist is the man in any field, scientific or humanistic, who grasps the implications of his actions and of new knowledge in his own time. He is the man of integral awareness."
"There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself."
"The mathematical rules of the universe are visible to men in the form of beauty."
"Art without knowledge is nothing!"
"When any creativity becomes useful, it is sucked into the vortex of commercialism, and when a thing becomes commercial, it becomes the enemy of man."
"Abandon the search for God and the creation and other matters of a similar sort. Look for Him by taking yourself as the starting point. Learn who it is within you who makes everything his own and says, "My God, my mind, my thought, my soul, my body." Learn the sources of sorrow:, joy, love, hate . . . If you carefully investigate these matters you will find Him in yourself."
"I have seen man in his deepest manifestation. I know the ultimate quintessence of the world. I know that its deepest meaning is love, love, and that I am here to love more and more. I am spreading out my arms as He has done. I would like to embrace the whole world as he did"
"...he must know the direction, he must understand the end in view, otherwise he will be unable to find the way."
"It is important to express oneself...provided the feelings are real and are taken from you own experience."
"The greatest poem ever known is one all poets have outgrown: The poetry, innate, untold, of being only four years old."
"I do not want ART for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few."
"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
"If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens."
"Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting."
"It may be that the deep necessity of art is the examination of self-deception."
"It's not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous. It's more like you blurt something out and then analyze it."
"Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask."
"The dogmatism of science has become a new orthodoxy, disseminated by the Media and a State educational system with a thoroughness and subtlety far exceeding anything of the kind achieved by the Inquisition; to the point that to believe today in a miraculous happening like the Virgin Birth is to appear a kind of imbecile...."
"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."
--EDWARD R. MURROW
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