Thursday, April 19, 2012

A to Z, 2012-- Q is for... (PART TWO)

Borrowed from my Pinterest wall... as much as I love the quote, the accompanying image just makes it a million times better!
I've always loved collecting them. From stories I've read... to movies and television shows... famous people... friends, family... if it's quotable, I've written it down.
Another Pinterest-"borrowed" image.
I used to have TONS of notepad files on my computer, filled with quotes I'd collected. I have some actual, real-life notebooks filled up, too. And one year, for Christmas, I gave all my friends personalized notebooks with images of their favorite TV shows, with all the funny things from the year written in.

One of my favorite quotes of all time, is a rather obscure one about love...
  • "The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying in a subtle, complimentary way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had for dinner the night before." --F. Scott Fitzgerald
I just couldn't resist throwing that one into the mix today! For the purposes of keeping this blog post short-ish, however, the rest of my quotes will be all about art and artists and artistry and creativity and creation:

  • "An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way." --Charles Bukowski 
  • “Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” --Leo Tolstoy
  •  “An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.” --George Santayana  
  •  “I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.” --Barbara Streisand  
  •  “Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'” --Edgar Allan Poe
  •  “An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.” --Vincent VanGogh
  • “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” --Henry Ward Beecher 
  • “I'm painting an idea, not an ideal. Basically I'm trying to paint a structured painting full of controlled, and therefore potent, emotion.” --Euan Uglow 
  •  “I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.” --Mark Rothko

One quote I found on my hard drive, long lost and buried, combines my two careers, my two loves-- teaching and art:
  • “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” --John Steinbeck

I will leave you all with this one last quote, this one last thought. It does not deal with art per se, but I came across it today:
  • "Some asked me where the rubies grew, / And nothing I did say; / But with my finger pointed to / The lips of Julia." --Robert Herrick
What makes me smile most about that last quote, is that it not only mentions my name, but also my birth stone. Coincidence? Or just one of those things that was "meant" to be found by me? You be the judge!

See you all tomorrow, for the letter R~ 

10 friends stopped by to chat:

shelly said...

a nice post!

Lori Anderson said...


Misha Gericke said...

Beautiful quotes. I especially liked the one by Einstein. :-)

C.M.Brown said...

Lots of great quotes. Dropping by form A-Z Challenge!

Liz Kelso said...

Thanks for stopping by fellow east coaster!! I love quotations, I am always looking for good ones to share. :)

Arthur Brill said...

“Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'” --Edgar Allan Poe

As much as I love Poe (my Q post in the A to Z was "Quoth the Raven, Nevermore!) I hate this quote. The elevation of "Artist" as something sacred gets my goat. We are all artists. Each and every one of us. Much more so than we are geniuses. The attitude that art is sacred results elitism. A "THAT'S not art! What I DO is art!" attitude. I'll be writing a lot about this on my blog.

I have my own favorite quote about art. It is from Ingmar Bergman's Hour of the Wolf:

"I call myself an artist for lack of a better name. In my creative work is nothing implicit, except compulsion. Through no fault of mine I've been pointed out as something extraordinary, a calf with five legs, a monster. I have never fought to attain that position and I shall not fight to keep it. Megalomania? Yes, I've felt it waft about my brow at times, but I think I'm immune. I have only to think of the utter unimportance of art in the world we live in to bring it down to earth."

In the meantime, S is for Shepherdstown, WV at Main Street Arts

Grammy said...

Hello friend! My mama had lots of "sayings". Two of them had to do with sticking with a project until it was finished correctly.
"Things that you do, do with your might,
Things done by halves are never done right"

"Anything worth doing is worth doing well."

Hope you enjoyed those to add to your collection.
Best regards to you... Ruby aka Grammy

Kate O'Mara said...

I collect quotes too. It's interesting how the same quote can speak to different emotions & situations. Guess that's why we collect them.
#45 following

Pretty Things said...

That first saying is one of my favorites.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Fantabulous quotes, but my favorite is Einstein's. Just stopping by with the A-Z, but I'll be taking off as your newest follower. Good luck with the rest of the challenge.

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