Quotes Category

Alma Thomas on Creativity

“Creative art is for all time and is therefore independent of time. It is of all ages, of every land, and if by this we mean the creative spirit in man which produces a picture or a statue is common to the whole civilized world, independent of age, race and nationality; the statement may stand unchallenged.”

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Suzi Gablik on René Magritte

“Inspiration is the moment when one knows what is happening. In general, we do not know what is happening.”

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To be an artist, it helps to be persistent, obstinate, and determined. These are the things that enable an artist not to banish but to outwit the doubts that will come from many directions.

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“How can you be an agent of change? I have seen in my own life how you can build on small actions if you stick with it. As a novelist, if you look at a 400-page book, and you want to do it in a short time, it’s not going to happen. It’s through the routine of doing it every single day, paragraph by paragraph, sentence by sentence, and word by word, you end up building that book. And in the same way, bringing about the change you want to see — what small change can you do? You have to do it every day. It can’t be like, Oh I voted now I can let them figure it out for the next four years. You basically have to keep the pressure on constantly. It can never stop. The minute that you have your eye off the steering wheel — then somebody’s out to get you.”

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The naked eye! Can an eye ever have clothes on?

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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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