Quotes Category

Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide.

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Francis Bacon

If anything ever does work in my case, it works from the moment when consciously I don’t know what I’m doing

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Don’t fall in love with your writing — that’s the equivalent of falling in love with love, not the person.

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Good writing is clear. Talented writing is energetic.

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The poet gives us a gallery full of ghosts shaken by the fire and darkness of his time.

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What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?

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The work of art, the Greeks thought, should possess enargeia, or shining vitality, the enhanced vividness which, when present in a work of art, magnifies it not in size but in impact, the quality that makes your eyes widen as the image seems to fasten on your gaze.

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Art can die; what matters is that it should have sown seeds on the earth… It must give birth to a world

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Hegel mentions the concept of reconciliation. When a painter paints a portrait, they must reconcile themselves to the subject of the portrait. I felt that if Schutz had proposed to actually make a painting of Emmett Till, proposed a reconciliation with him rather than a photograph of his suffering, that people would have been more open to it.

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The writer’s obligation in the age of X is to play with words and to keep playing with them—not to deracinate or deplete them, but to use them as vehicles for discovering history, recovering wounds, reciting damage, and awakening conscience.

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