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I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.


So far as the artist is concerned,
the unlimited extent of human experience is not so important for him
as the depth and intensity with which he experiences things."

Thomas Wolfe

"What now?" young Hilary prodded.
"Can't we just exist for a day?"
"Too depressing. Invent something."

May Sarton

"I feel anyone who does anything great
in art and culture is out of control.
It is done by people who are possessed.

Anyone who is gong to practise on the piano
22 hours a day is crazy.
He or she has to be crazy
and it is an embarrassment
to deal with crazy people.

So there is a great attempt to formalize art
to contain it, to hold their bowels,
to be properly toilet trained.

Yet the whole exciting thing about art
has to do with being out of control.
It has to do with real things."

Nancy Grossman

"Things are not all so comprehensible and expressible
as one would mostly have us believe;
most events are inexpressible,
taking place in a realm which no word has ever entered,
and more inexpressible than all else are works of art,
mysterious existences, the life of which,
while ours passes away, endures."

Rainer Maria Rilke

Quotes about the Individualist

Without art,
the crudeness of reality
would make the world unbearable.

George Bernard Shaw

Being an artist
means, not reckoning and counting,
but ripening like the tree

which does not force its sap
and stands confident
in the storms of spring

without the fear that after them
may come no summer."

Rainer Maria Rilke

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"The especially creative person
is precisely he whose personality tensions
are especially susceptible to adjustment;
he is more sensitive and suffers more,
but he enjoys greater possibilities."

Rollo May

"The work of art
acts like another living person
with whom we are conversing."

Anton Ehrenzweig

"I suspect that every writer
is secretly writing for someone."

Brewster Ghiselin

You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.


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