Friday, May 30, 2008

Art Quotations on Truth, Beauty And Creativity from Artists & Philosophers

But in many orders of beauty, particularly those of the finer arts, it is requisite to employ much reasoning, in order to feel the proper sentiment; and a false relish may frequently be corrected by argument and reflection. There are just grounds to conclude, that moral beauty partakes of this latter species, and demands the assistance of our intellectual faculties, in order to give it a suitable influence on the human mind. (David Hume, 1737)

A machine, a piece of furniture, a vestment, a house well contrived for use and conveniency, is so far beautiful, and is contemplated with pleasure and approbation. An experienced eye is here sensible to many excellencies, which escape persons ignorant and uninstructed. (David Hume, 1737)

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)

There is no art without contemplation. (Robert Henri)

Incorrect assumptions lie at the root of every failure. Have the courage to test your assumptions. (Brian Tracy)

Though nothing can bring back the hour /Of splendor in the grass, or glory in the flower /We will grieve not, rather find /Strength in what remains behind. (William Wordsworth)

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. (William Wordsworth)

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. (Mark Twain)

Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration. (Johannes Brahms)

The heart of creativity is an experience of the mystical union; the heart of the mystical union is an experience of creativity. (Julia Cameron)

Creativity is dynamic, it asserts life, frees the human spirit, conquers mental lassitude and illness, and makes real the outrageous potential of the universal imagination. (Robert Genn)

Creation is dominated by three absolutely different factors: First, nature, which works upon us by its laws; second, the artist, who creates a spiritual contact with nature and his materials; third, the medium of expression through which the artist translates his inner world. (Hans Hofmann)

Creativity is harnessing universality and making it flow through your eyes. (Peter Koestenbaum)

The great creative individual . . . is capable of more wisdom and virtue than collective man ever can be. (John Stuart Mill)

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

A great artist is always before his time or behind it. (George Moore)

I invent nothing, I rediscover. (Auguste Rodin)

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. (John Updike)

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. (Oscar Wilde)

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. (Oscar Wilde)


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