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“I want to create something that would not have existed without me.”

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“If all your life means to you is water running over rocks, then photograph it, but I want to create something that would not have existed without me.”

— Minor White, photographer

Featured image: Grand Tetons, 1959, Minor White


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“Creativity is part of human nature. It can only be untaught.”

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“Creativity is part of human nature. It can only be untaught.”

Ai Weiwei, sculptor, activist


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“The quality of a painter depends on the amount of past he carries with him.”

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“The quality of a painter depends on the amount of past he carries with him.”

Pablo Picasso, painter


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“Stay firmly in your path and dare!”

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“Stay firmly in your path and dare!”

Paul Gauguin. painter


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“We have to laugh. Because laughter, we already know, is the first evidence of freedom.”

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“We have to laugh. Because laughter, we already know, is the first evidence of freedom.”

Rosario Castellanos, Mexican, poet, author


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“Following straight lines shortens distances, and also life.”

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“Following straight lines shortens distances, and also life.”

Antonio Porchia, writer, from “Voices”, 1943.


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In Memory: “Art brings a message into a room. It should make us perceive in a new way… something we had not perceived before and perhaps…”

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“Art brings a message into a room. It should make us perceive in a new way – either through color, form or narrative content – something we had not perceived before and perhaps reveal something to you about yourself.”

Gloria Vanderbilt, 1924-2019, author, actress, fashion designer


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“In the process of simplifying oneself, one often discovers the thing called voice”

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“In the process of simplifying oneself, one often discovers the thing called voice”

Billy Collins, poet


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“They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.”

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“They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.”

Antonio Porchia, poet, Argentinian


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“On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree.”

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“On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree.”

W. S. Merwin, poet


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“Resist much, obey little.”

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“Resist much, obey little.”

― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass


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“Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist?”

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“Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist?”

Mary Cassatt, painter


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“Every line is the actual experience with its own unique story.”

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“Every line is the actual experience with its own unique story.”

Cy Twombly, painter


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“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”

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“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”

Socrates


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In Memory: “Even aimless journeys have a purpose.”

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“Even aimless journeys have a purpose.”

Tony Horwitz, 1959-2019, author, journalist, Pultizer Prize winner, quote from “One for the Road


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“The one happiness is to shut one’s door upon a little room, with a table before one, and to create; to create life in that isolation from life.”

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“The one happiness is to shut one’s door upon a little room, with a table before one, and to create; to create life in that isolation from life.”

Eleanora Duse, actress


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“The job of the artist is to show people what their potential is…That’s where the art happens.”

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“The job of the artist is to show people what their potential is…That’s where the art happens.”

Jeff Koons, sculptor, installation art, painter


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“We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race… poetry, beauty, romance, love… these are what we stay alive for.” 

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering… these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love… these are what we stay alive for.”

 

― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass


 

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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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“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
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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