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“Art and thought. That’s what lasts. That’s what continues to feed people and give them an idea of something better.”

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“To me, literature is a calling, even a kind of salvation. It connects me with an enterprise that is over 2,000 years old.

What do we have from the past? Art and thought. That’s what lasts. That’s what continues to feed people and give them an idea of something better.”

Susan Sontag


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In Memory: “Success is a collection of problems solved.”

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“Success is a collection of problems solved.”

I. M. Pei, 1917-2019, architect


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“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”

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“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”

Eleanora Duse, Italian, actress


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“An artist, if he’s unselfish and passionate, is always a living protest. Just to open his mouth is to…”

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“An artist, if he’s unselfish and passionate, is always a living protest. Just to open his mouth is to protest: against conformism, against what is official, public, or national, what everyone else feels comfortable with, so the moment he opens his mouth, an artist is engaged, because opening his mouth is always scandalous.”

Pier Paolo Pasolini, film director


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“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”

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“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”

Theodor Seuss Geisel, artist, author, poet


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“There is always a certain peace in being what one is, in being that completely.”

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“There is always a certain peace in being what one is, in being that completely.”

— Ugo Betti, Italian, judge, author, playwright


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“People have a hard time with this feeling of impermanence, of doing something that seems like it has no real purpose – which really is all art on some level.”

“People have a hard time with this feeling of impermanence, of doing something that seems like it has no real purpose –
which really is all art on some level.”

 

“But I am fully bought into the idea that there’s a much bigger thing occurring and the art plays a much bigger role than humanity, or at least our society, gives it credit for.”

 

Andres Amador, land artist

 

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“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”

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“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

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“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

Martin Buber, philosopher


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“Cherish your wilderness.”

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“Cherish your wilderness.”

Maxine Kumin, poet


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“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

Engraving by P. Pontius, 1638

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

– Socrates

 

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“One life on this earth is all that we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that…”

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“One life on this earth is all that we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can.”

Frederick Buechner, author, FaceBook post Feb 20, 2017


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Earth Day 2019: “The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth…”

“The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

Chief Seattle

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“Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.”

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“Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.”

Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher


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“The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds”

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“The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds”

Thomas Merton, author, book quote from “Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander”, 2009


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“Love slowly like a ship full of flowers.”

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“Love slowly like a ship full of flowers.”

Sidney Nolan, Australian, painter


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“Every colour holds within it a soul…”

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“There is silver blue, sky blue and thunder blue. Every colour holds within it a soul, which makes me happy or repels me, and which acts as a stimulus. To a person who has no art in him, colours are colours, tones tones…and that is all. All their consequences for the human spirit, which range between heaven to hell, just go unnoticed.”

Emil Nolde, painter


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“Poetry is the skin that I have between… ”

“Poetry is the skin that I have between my body and the world’s body.”

Lucie Brock-Broido

 

 

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“Creativity is an unending exercise in uncertainty.”

“Creativity is an unending exercise in uncertainty.”

Joseph Brodsky


 

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“A work of art is a confession.”

“A work of art is a confession.”

Albert Camus, from Notebooks, 1969

 

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“When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music.”

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“When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music.”

Rumi, poet


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“I recommend the art of slow reading.”

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“I recommend the art of slow reading.”

Amos Oz, writer


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“something’s lost, but something’s gained In living every day”

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“something’s lost, but something’s gained In living every day”

song quote from Clouds by Joni Mitchell, 1969, Grammy award


Clouds

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way
But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all
Moons and Junes and ferries wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way
But now it’s just another show
You leave ’em laughing when you go
And if you care, don’t let them know
Don’t give yourself away
I’ve looked at love from…

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“Everyone is born with a mind, but it is only through… connecting the head and the heart, making meaning of experience and finding an organizing purpose that you build a unique individual self.”

Painting: René Magritte’s Le principe du plaisir

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“Everyone is born with a mind, but it is only through introspection observation, connecting the head and the heart, making meaning of experience and finding an organizing purpose that you build a unique individual self.”

William Deresiewicz


 

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“I don’t want to show things, but to give people the desire to see.”

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“I don’t want to show things, but to give people the desire to see.”

Agnes Varda, 1928-2019, Director

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Banksy 2009: “Laugh now, but one day no-one will be in charge”

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“This show is my vision of the future”

Banksy on his Bristol Museum show in 2009.

Painting: Devolved Parliament, 2009

Related: Banksy’s largest canvas has gone back on display in Bristol – just in time for the original Brexit deadline of March 29.


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“The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.”

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“The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.”

Susan Sontag


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“We see what our conditioning has allowed us to see… causes us to see.”

“We see what we want to see. We see what our conditioning has allowed us to see… causes us to see.”

Daniel Sprick

Painting: Daniel Sprick, Self Portrait with Skull


 

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”Every time a man sees something new in the world, he finds something new in himself… What you see reveals you…”

“Every time a man sees something new in the world, he finds something new in himself… What you see reveals you. We do not so much interpret nature – for nature needs but little interpretation – we interpret ourselves.”

William Chalmers Covert (Wild Woods and Waterways)

Painting: Sunset In The Rockies by Albert Bierstadt


 

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“A work of art is a renewable source of energy.”

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“A work of art is a renewable source of energy.”

Brice Marden, painter


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In Memory: “Any work of art makes one very simple demand on anyone who genuinely wants to get in touch with it. And that is to… “

“Any work of art makes one very simple demand on anyone who genuinely wants to get in touch with it. And that is to stop.

You’ve got to stop what you’re doing, what you’re thinking, and what you’re expecting and just be there for the poem for however long it takes.”

W.S. Merwin, poet, 1927-2019

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“Any work of art makes one very simple demand on anyone who genuinely wants to get in touch with it. And that is to stop.

You’ve got to stop what you’re doing, what you’re thinking, and what you’re expecting and just be there for the poem for however long it takes.”

M.S. Merwin, poet, 1927-2019


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“When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting, and so get to the bottom of the subject.”

Winston Churchill – The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell

 

“When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting, and so get to the bottom of the subject.”

Winston Churchill (from Painting as a Pastime)


Featured Image: Sunset Over the Atlas Mountains – 1935, in Marrakech

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“Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence”

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“Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence”

Jorge Luis Borges, writer


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“We work in the dark… we give what we have…The rest is the madness of art.”

To my artful friends, a thought for the week of March 11, 2019


“We work in the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”

Henry James from “The Middle Years”


Etching, Francisco Goya, Way to Fly, 1816–1823 (detail)

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“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth, without…”

Don’t be satisfied with stories,
how things have gone with others.
Unfold your own myth,
without complicated explanations,
so everyone will understand the passage,

We have opened you.

Rumi, 1270

Painting: detail from Enlèvement d’Europe,1726-1727, Noël-Nicolas Coypel


 

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“Art stubbornly exists on a different timeline than the quick pace of modern life.”


“Art stubbornly exists on a different timeline than the quick pace of modern life.”

Juliette Aristides

Painting: Caspar David Friedrich, 1798, Wanderer Above a Sea of Fog

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“When it’s the right time, it’s the least amount of work.“

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“When it’s the right time, it’s the least amount of work.“

– Daniel Ulbricht, dancer, NY City Ballet


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“There is always something missing that torments me.”

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“There is always something missing that torments me.”

Camille Claudel, French, sculptor


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“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”

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“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”

Graham Greene, from “The end of the affair”, 1974


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“Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love.”

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“Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love.”

Alfred Sisley, French, painter


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“Say who you are… in your life and in your work. Tell someone out there who is lost, someone not yet born, someone who won’t be born for 500 years…. you’ll help that person be less lonely in their world because…”

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“Say who you are, really say it in your life and in your work. Tell someone out there who is lost, someone not yet born, someone who won’t be born for 500 years.

Your writing will be a record of your time. It can’t help but be that. But more importantly, if you’re honest about who you are, you’ll help that person be less lonely in their world because that person will recognize him or herself in you and that will give them hope.”

Charlie Kaufman, screenwriter,

“Screenwriters’ Lecture: Speech for BAFTA, 30 September 2011.


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“Whatever you do with your life-whatever you end up achieving or not achieving-the great gift you have in you to give to the world is the gift of who you alone are…”

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“Whatever you do with your life-whatever you end up achieving or not achieving-the great gift you have in you to give to the world is the gift of who you alone are;

your way of seeing things, and saying things, and feeling about things, that is like nobody else’s. If so much as a single one of you were missing, there would be an empty place at the great feast of life that nobody else in all creation could fill.”

Frederick Buechner, writer


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In Memory: “What painting is, is exactly what people see.”

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”What painting is, is exactly what people see.”

Robert Ryman, 1930-2019, painter


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At 98: “I never stopped drawing, looking, living. It’s all the same thing, all solving your own life.”

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“I never stopped drawing, looking, living. It’s all the same thing, all solving your own life.”

Luchita Hurtado. American, Venezuelan, painter


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“Do not compare, do not measure. No other way is like yours. All other ways deceive and tempt you. You must fulfill the way that is in you.”

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“Do not compare, do not measure. No other way is like yours. All other ways deceive and tempt you. You must fulfill the way that is in you.”

Carl Jung, author, psychiatrist


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“Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.”

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“Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.”

Hermann Hesse, book quote from “Steppenwolf: A Novel”, p.151, Macmillan


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“make the most of what you have. It is later than you think”

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“make the most of what you have. It is later than you think”

Horace, Roman, poet


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“if you work at your art you don’t have time to be inspired.”

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“People who are not artists often feel that artists are inspired. But if you work at your art you don’t have time to be inspired.”

-John Cage, musician, composer, theorist


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“I have to be alone very often…”

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Apart – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“I have to be alone very often.
I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night
until Monday morning alone in my apartment.
That’s how I refuel.”

Audrey Hepburn

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“Art is long, and Time is fleeting.”

 

The Poppy Fades  – D. Moorezart, c 2018, all rights reserved

Art is long, and Time is fleeting.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow