"O wise man, wash your hands of that friend who associates with your enemies."
"...the pictures contained in fairy [tales] are not allegorical or symbolic, they portray images of spiritual realities that help the child grasp moral concepts and truths in a pictorial way."
"The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created - created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination."
"The dignity of mankind is committed into your hands--take care of it! For with you it declines or rises!"
--SCHILLER (Schiller's call to all artists.)
"Man is only man when he is at play…and he only plays when he is man in the full sense of the word."
"Only through the dawn of beauty do you press on into the land of knowledge."
"Doest thou aspire to the greatest, the highest? The plant will teach it to thee. What she is without will, be thou with will -- that's it!"
"The Moslem arch and cathedral doorway are both designed using two intersecting circles and vesica piscis, but at right angles to each other. Through these doors, symbols of spiritual passage, we leave the street of the Many and enter the domain of the One."
"No one feels another's grief, no one understands another's joy. People imagine they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by."
"The arts not only imbue our sense of sight, balance, movement, touch and hearing, they also lift our logical minds - the traditional focus of modern education - into the reaches of possibility, invention and genius."
"Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace."
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."
"A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation."
"For so work the honeybees, creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom."
"Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy laws my services are bound."
"I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind."
--GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
"The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech."
--GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
"Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties."
"Rise like lions after slumber in invanquishable number -- Shake your chains to earth like dew which in sleep had fallen on you -- ye are many -- they are few."
"When the time comes to change a paradigm--to renounce one bedrock truth and adopt another--the artist and physicist are most likely to be in the forefront."
"Man, God's true likeness, a spark drawn from the heavens, must be the product of both art and intellect."
"Both mind and heart when given up to reveries and dreaminess, have a thousand avenues open for the entrance of evil."
"Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression."
"Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition."
Paradoxically man's capacity for aesthetic enjoyment may have been his most practical characteristic, for it is at the root of his discovery of the world about him, and makes him want to live."
--CYRIL STANLEY SMITH
"If measure and symmetry are absent from any composition in any degree, ruin awaits both the ingredients and the composition… Measure and symmetry are beauty and virtue the world over."
"My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher."
"...the meaning of earthly existence lies not, as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul. From that point of view our torturers have been punished most horribly of all: they are turning into swine; they are departing downward from humanity. From that point of view punishment is inflicted on those whose development . . . holds out hope."
"Since then I have come to understand the truth of all the religions of the world: they struggle with the evil inside a human being (inside every human being). It is impossible to expel evil from the world in its entirety, but it is possible to constrict it within each person."
"How much easier it is then, how much more receptive we are to death, when advancing years guide us softly to our end. Aging thus is in no sense a punishment from on high, but it brings its own blessings and a warmth of colors all its own. . . . There is even warmth to be drawn from the waning of your own strength compared with the past used to be! You can no longer get through a whole day's work at a stretch, but how good it is to slip into the brief oblivion of sleep, and what a gift to wake once more to your second or third morning of the day. And your spirit can find delight in limiting your intake of food, in abandoning the pursuit of novel flavors. You are still of this life, yet you are rising above the material plane. . . . Growing old serenely is not a downhill path but an ascent."
" . . . to know the order of nature, and regard the universe as orderly is the highest function of the mind."
"One path towards the grasping of the ego in the fullness of life's experience, but also in sun-filled contemplation, is the path of art. It is one of the healthiest and most revealing and most direct; it was the last to turn away from its source in the temples of Mystery wisdom and has not been so quickly smothered under rubble as has the path of religion by the passion of the church for power or that of science by the rigidity of thought born of the materialistic age."
"The real painter never imitates. He uses an object as a recipient of focus of the sun, or to observe a color reflex in that object's surroundings, or to catch, above it, an interweaving of light and darkness. In other words, the thing painted is merely an inducement."
" . . . art, religion and science are sisters who once upon a time became estranged, but who must again enter into a sisterly relationship if man is to function as a complete human being. Art -- creativity -- must be added to what is known abstractly if we are to attain to world knowledge. This union of art and science will produce a religious mood."
"There will be as much deceit and criminality in the world as there is lack of art."
"The task of art is to take hold of the shining, the radiance, the manifestation, of that which as spirit weaves and lives throughout the world. All genuine art seeks the spirit. Even when art wishes to represent the ugly, the disagreeable, it is concerned, not with the sensory-disagreeable as such, but with the spiritual which proclaims its nature in the midst of unpleasantness. If the spiritual shines through the ugly, even the ugly becomes beautiful. In art it is upon a relation to the spiritual that beauty depends."
..."If humanity is to live in the future in a socially right way, humanity must educate its children in a socially right way."
"The laws in accordance with which the artists goes to work are none other than the eternal laws of Nature, pure, uninfluenced and unhampered. Artistic creation rests not on what is, but on what might be; not on the actual, but on the possible."
"Beauty is not the divine in a cloak of physical reality; no, it is physical reality in a cloak that is divine. The artist does not bring the divine on to the earth by letting it flow into the world; he raises the world into the sphere of the divine."
"A new art will arise when the human soul learns to penetrate to the depths of the elemental world, for this world is living...Unless man enters with his whole being into the world of the elements, and absorbs into himself the spirit and soul of the external world, art will more and more become a work of the human soul in isolation."
"...all knowledge comes from art...It is only the knowledge connected with externals, with what is utilitarian, which appears to have no connection with art"
"Artistically one has first to kill his subject by making a fixed image of it/her/him and then with a light touch of artistic humor call it back to life. Naturalistic art lacks this light touch."
"...On becoming clairvoyantly conscious, the human soul awakes in the spiritual world; but We must say just as much that in love the spiritual awakens in the physical world."
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"It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a
--ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
"Here you are wantin' to know about cree-a-tivity. Lemme tell you somethin', baby. Carin' is
where it's at. Trust me now because I know what I' m talkin' 'bout--you got a love for what
you're doin' and everythin' else, all the rest of this cree-a-tivity stuff you're wonderin' 'bout,
baby, it just comes."
"Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as
wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art."
"There is nothing pleasurable except what is in harmony with the utmost depths of our divine
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