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“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.”

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“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.”

Saul Bellow, writer, book quote from Herzog, 1976


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“A poem should stimulate the sense of living and of being alive.”

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“A poem should stimulate the sense of living and of being alive.”

Wallace Stevens, poet

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“the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of the chaos… they paint… they compose… they write…”

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“I have an idea that the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of the chaos.

The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art.”

W. Somerset Maugham, book quote from The Painted Veil, 1925


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“One looks, looks long, and the world comes in.”

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“One looks, looks long, and the world comes in.”

-– Joseph Campbell, author

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“he erased the distinctions between art and ideas, putting a positive, endgame value on long-term exploring over short-term arriving”

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“Leonardo’s great accomplishment was that he erased the distinctions between art and ideas, putting a positive, endgame value on long-term exploring over short-term arriving”

, art critic for the New York Times. Thoughts about the Louvre retrospective of Leonardo da Vinci and honoring the 500th anniversary of his death.


PARIS — To judge by the marketing hullabaloo, the Leonardo da Vinci retrospective that opens here Thursday at the Louvre should be the visual equivalent of a 21-gun salute and a trumpet-and-trombone choir. Blockbuster’s plastered all over it, and rightly so. Timed-ticket sales for its one-stop run are moving right along.

But the marvelous show you actually see, honoring the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, is, tonally, some other thing: quieter, slower, better. It’s a succession of major painterly melodies set among ink-drawn pre-echoes and reverbs. It’s a confluence of presences and absences — art that’s there and some…

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“Establish enigmas, not explanations.”

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“Establish enigmas, not explanations.”

Robert Smithson, land artist

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“Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality.”

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“Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality.”

Arthur Koestler, author

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“You were placed on this earth to create, not to compete.”

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“You were placed on this earth to create, not to compete.”

Robert Anthony, author


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“To be ones self and unafraid whether right or wrong is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.”

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“To be ones self and unafraid whether right or wrong is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.”

Irving Wallace, author


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“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake”

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“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake”

Wallace Stevens  , poet, “Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction”, 1942.

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“folks expect of the poet… to indicate the path between reality and their souls”

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“folks expect of the poet to… indicate the path between reality and their souls”

Walt Whitman, poet


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“Every time you try to put your finger on it, it slips away.”

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“Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. It’s like being possessed. You try to go to sleep, but the song won’t let you.

So you have to get up and make it something, and then you’re allowed to sleep. So letting go is what the whole game is.

Every time you try to put your finger on it, it slips away.”

– John Lennon, songwriter, singer, composer, writer, musician


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“Labour to keep alive in your Breast that Little Spark of Celestial fire Called Conscience.”

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“Labour to keep alive in your Breast that Little Spark of Celestial fire Called Conscience.”

From Amor Towles “Rules of Civility” (The appendix: The Young George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation: Rule 110), Book quotes

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“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.”

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“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.”

Orison Sweet Marden, author

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“Being Slow means that you control the rhythms of your own life… You decide…”

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“Being Slow means that you control the rhythms of your own life.

You decide how fast you have to go in any context. If today I want to go fast, I go fast. If tomorrow I want to go slow, I go slow.

What we are fighting for is the right to determine our own tempos.”

Carlo Petrini, journalist, writer, food writer, Italian, founder International Slow Food Movement


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“Begin doing what you want to do now… We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.”

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“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.”

Francis Bacon, English, scientist, author, philosopher

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In Memory: “Make a difference about something other than yourselves.”

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“Make a difference about something other than yourselves.”

Toni Morrison, writer, 1931-2019


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“The search for an equilibrium is essential for the artist, to be as aware of inner space as he is of outer space”

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“The search for an equilibrium is essential for the artist, to be as aware of inner space as he is of outer space”

Mark Tobey, painter


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“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his mind is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”

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“A man who works with his hands is a laborer;
a man who works with his hands and his mind is a craftsman;
but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”

Louis Nizer, lawyer, author

Featured image: Painter Eloy Morales – Self Portrait (a work in progress)


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“Art is the funnel, as it were, through which spirit is poured into life.”

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“Art is the funnel,
as it were,
through which spirit is poured into life.”

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Thomas Mann

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“The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.”

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“The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.”

Wassily Kandinsky, painter


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“I totally believe that art is an open dialogue and that it is not logical. It does not always make sense.”

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“I totally believe that art is an open dialogue and that it is not logical. It does not always make sense.”

Lynda Benglis, sculptor

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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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