Favorite Quotations

The barn’s burnt down. Now I can see. –Kiera Van Gelder

As I am back on this page, changing it, on Day 51 of the Covid 19 Pandemic, I have some new topics and quotes that strike me more deeply than the old ones. Let’s start with one that really hits things. The death of a loved one:In the spirit of my love of nonsense, I am removing all my explanations and categories and just throwing down quotes.

I don’t know how to be silent when my heart is speaking. – Dostoyevski

“One can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” -Alice in the Looking Glass

It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.
Lemony Snicket

…you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit. Also Snicket

Even in the valley and the shadow of death, two and two do not make six. -Leo Tolstoy

I agree that two times two makes four is an excellent thing; but if we are dispensing praise, then two times two makes five is sometimes a most charming little thing as well. -Dostoyevski

The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.- Dostoyevski

But if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself. –Carl Jung

People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book. -Malcolm X

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.  ―Maya Angelou

Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it. It can change the way that I feel in the mornings. – David Bowie

If you hear a voice within you say, “You cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and the voice will be silenced.  –Vincent Van Gogh

The artist who forgets how to play soon forgets how to work. –Julia Cameron 

The creative adult is the child who survived.  –Ursula Le Guin

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. –Sylvia Plath

I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking. –Albert Einstein

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way… things I had no word for. –Georgia O’Keefe

No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell. -Antonin Artaud

The world gives you so much pain and here you are making gold out of it — There is nothing purer than that. –Rupi Kaur

A wounded deer leaps the highest. –Emily Dickinson

The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness. ―Madeleine L’Engle

Maybe the fear is that we are less than we think we are, when the actuality of it is that we are much much more. –Jon Kabat Zinn

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. -Oscar Wilde

Being a little weird is just a side effect of being awesome. –Sue Fitzmaurice

I am what is around me. -Wallace Stevens

Inner Stability is gained by contemplating a luminous, sorrowless, effulgent light. –Yoga Sutra

Thirty seconds of pure awareness is a long time, especially after a lifetime of escaping yourself at all costs. –Kiera Van Gelder

You do not just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process. –Rupi Kaur

“Words were power, and reading—reading closely and carefully—had kept us from losing our power. That was the moment I really saw the importance of analyzing and questioning everything. Reading could save you a lot of pain in the long term. And that’s remained true throughout my seven decades on this planet, from my street days to my fashion days: there’s no problem I can’t read my way out of.” -Dapper Dan

“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.” Lemony Snicket

It is only from risking from one hour to another that we live at all. -William James

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh you can’t help that”, said the Cat. “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. “You must be”, said the Cat, “Or you wouldn’t have come here.”

“What day is it?”, asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day.” said Pooh.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. –Dr. Seuss

Life is what happens when you’re making other plans. –John Lennon

She decided to stop cleaning her house and start decorating her soul. –Anonymous

And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there… Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into ether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will. –Ezra Pound

And Me:

Make something: something that never existed.

Nobody can take your soul or your sketchbook away from you.

Art surrounds you; art is inside you.

Making art means you can destroy something to create something. The word “mess” means food after all…

Drawing always takes me back to the truth. There is no hiding in it. It’s there on the paper and in the marks: a track like footsteps in the snow. You see where you are, where you’ve been, all at once. Then you move on to the next drawing.

All artists are fools. We just are and have always been.

 

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