"A principal fruit of friendship is the ease and discharge of the fullness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce. We know diseases of stoppings and suffocations are the most dangerous in the body; and it is not much otherwise in the mind."
--BACON OF VERULAM
"The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers."
"Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity."
"...what I have always been trying to get across -- what I think is most important -- is that if civilization is to be saved, people must come more and more to realize that our consciousness is not something spatially enclosed in the skin or in the skull or in the brain; that it is not only our inside, but the inside of the world as a whole. That, and also . . .to realize, not simply as a theory but as a conviction of common sense, that in the history of the world, matter has emerged from mind and not mind from matter."
"...colour is the most obvious bridge between emotion and perception, that is, between subjective experience of the psyche and quality objective in nature. Both light up only between the extremes of light and darkness, and in their reciprocal interplay. Thus, outwardly the rainbow--or, if you prefer it, the spectrum--is the bridge between dark and light, but inwardly the rainbow is, what the soul itself is, the bridge between body and spirit, between earth and heaven."
"Do not seek to follow the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought."
"The more a man cultivates the arts the less he fornicates. A more and more apparent cleavage occurs between the spirit and the brute."
"The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way."
--HENRY WARD BEECHER
"I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love."
--HENRY WARD BEECHER
"There is no loftier mission than to approach the Godhead more nearly than other mortals, and by means of that contact to spread the rays of the Godhead through the human race."
--LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
"No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist."
--LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
"As for types like my own, obscurely motivated by the conviction that our existence was worthless if we didn't make a turning point of it, we were assigned to the humanities, to poetry, philosophy, painting -- the nursery games of humankind, which had to be left behind when the age of science began. The humanities would be called upon to choose a wallpaper for the crypt, as the end drew near."
"Hell is the state of the soul powerless to come out of itself, absolute self-centeredness, dark and evil isolation, i.e. final inability to love."
"The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge."
"Art is I; Science is We."
"Even as the finite encloses an infinite series, And in the unlimited limits appear, So the soul of immensity dwells in minutia and in the narrowest limits, no limits inhere. What joy to discern the minute in infinity! The vast to perceive in the small, what Divinity!"
"When one sees eternity in things that pass away, then one has pure knowledge."
"History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools."
"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would be seen as it is: infinite."
"Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death. God is Jesus."
"When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do."
"You must leave Fathers & Mothers & Houses & Lands if they stand in the way of Art. Prayer is the study of Art. Praise is the practice of Art…The outward ceremony is antichrist…The Eternal Body of Man is The Imagination."
"The Spectre is the Reasoning Power in Man, & when separated From Imagination and enclosing itself as in steel in a Ratio Of The Things of Memory, It thence frames Laws & Moralities To destroy Imagination..."
"A restless person is not capable of real love; for love is possible only where the soul has found peace."
"Physics is a form of insight and as such it's a form of art."
"The Right Eye looketh in thee into Eternity. The left eye looketh backward in thee into time. If now thou sufferest thyself to be always looking into nature, and the things of time, it will be impossible for thee to ever arrive at the unity, which thou wishest for...Give not thy mind leave to enter in, nor to fill itself with, that which is without thee; neither look thou backward upon thyself...Let not thy Left Eye deceive thee, by making continually one representation after another...And only bringing the Eye of Time into the Eye of Eternity...and descending through the Light of God into the Light of Nature… shalt thou arrive at the Unity of Vision or Uniformity of Will."
"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner."
"Genuine spirituality, like art, is open and dynamic...both are the hope of a world so badly in need of transformation."
"The highest beauty comes always, not from beautiful numbers, nor from likeness to nature's eternal pattern of the world, but from utility, fitness, economy, and the perfect adaptation of means to ends. There is a Beautiful Necessity which rules the world, which is a law of nature and equally a law of art."
"The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them."
--SIR WILLIAM BRAGG
"The work of art expresses precisely those things which do not die. It must do so, however, in a form that bears witness to the artist's own era."
"Live to learn... forget... and learn again."
"A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow."
"Art is a moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television."
--RITA MAE BROWN
"Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work."
--RITA MAE BROWN
"There is no man alone, because every man is microcosm, and carries the whole world about him."
--SIR THOMAS BROWNE
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
"He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes."
"Talent does what it can; genius does what it must."
"In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves."
"If we do not turn the hearts of children toward knowledge and character, we will lose their gifts and undermine their idealism."
--GEORGE W. BUSH
"An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less."
--NICHOLAS M. BUTLER
"Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule."
"Hatred is the madness of the heart."
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