Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Quote of the day, June 19

June 19, 2017

Leonardo Da Vinci, on argumentation  

“Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 17

January 18, 2017

Jacob Bronowski, from The Ascent of Man

“For us, the cave paintings re-create the hunter’s way of life as a glimpse of history; we look through them into the past. But for the hunter, I suggest, they were a peep-hole into the future; he looked ahead. In either direction, the cave paintings act as a kind of telescope tube of imagination: they direct the mind from what is seen to what can be inferred or conjectured. Indeed, this is so in the very action of painting; for all its superb observation, the flat picture only means something to the eye because the mind fills it out with roundness and movement, a reality by inference, which is not actually seen but imagined.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 10

December 10, 2016

Galileo Galilei, on science

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 27

November 27, 2016

Ralph Richardson, on acting

“Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 10

November 10, 2016

Gabriel García Márquez, on being born

“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

Quote of the day, June 15

June 15, 2016

El Greco, on color

“I hold the imitation of color to be the greatest difficulty of art.”

Quote of the day, June 12

June 12, 2016

Henning Mankell, on story telling (from Quicksand)

“I am constantly reminded that we human beings are basically storytellers. More Homo narrans than Homo sapiens. We see ourselves in others’ stories. Every genuine work of at contains a small fragment of glass from a mirror.”

Quote of the day, May 10

May 10, 2016

Antonin Dvorak, on music

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly that art, as such, does not pay, to use an American expression—at least, not in the beginning—and that the art that has to pay its own way is apt to become vitiated and cheap.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 7

February 7, 2016

Rembrandt, on art

“Choose only one master—Nature.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 14

January 14, 2016

Alfred Hitchcock, on style

“Self-plagiarism is style.”