Quotes

Quotes

This is the page where I honour great the great thoughts that I come across from time to time, wise, inspirational or contemplative.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

Albert Einstein

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, the rational mind a faithful servant. We have created a society where we honour the servant and has forgotten the gift.

Albert Einstein

The creative process, so far as we are able to follow it at all, consists in the unconscious activation of an archetypal image and elaborating and shaping the image into the finished work. By giving it shape, the artist translates it into the language of the present and so makes it possible for us to find our way back to the deepest springs of life.

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

Dr Carl Gustav Jung

With our thoughts we create the world.

Buddha

Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.

Goethe

To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour.

William Blake

Reason without vision distorts the divine image within.”

Gnosticism: Beliefs and Practices

By John Glyndwr Harris

Page 59

You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Let us never forget that the greatest man is never more than an animal disguised as a god.

Francis Picabia

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

Carl Jung

Imagination is not a state, it is the Human existence itself.

William Blake

Improvement makes straight roads, but the crooked roads without improvement are the roads of Genius.

William Blake

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Aldous Huxley

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.

Jonathan Swift

If an artist could describe his work in words, he would not have to create it.

Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946)

In other words, a painting is only a excuse to paint the “Soul”. The painter uses elements from the surrounding world as a language to suggest a truth that cannot be directly represented, and this constitutes the implicit subject of a painting and its reason for being.

Itsvan Sandorfi

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.

Rachel Carson

Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.

Francisco de Goya

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thru’ narrow chinks of his cavern.

William Blake

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

Aristotle

The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which; he simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.
Buddha

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21,24

When the empires fall — Roman, Greek — all that is left is the art.
Jose Mugrabi (art dealer)

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
Leonardo da Vinci

They eyes only trust themselves, the ears only listen to others, only the heart perceives the whole truth.
African folk saying.

There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.
Leonardo da Vinci

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
Charles Bukowski

Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.
Max Ernst

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

Vision without action is a day dream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
Japanese proverb

We think we understand the rules when we become adults, but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.
David Lynch

The person that works with their hands is a labourer. The person that works with their hands and mind is a craftsman. The person that works with their hands, mind and heart is an artist.
St. Francis of Assisi.

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