|INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES ON ART AND THE ART OF LIVING
Believe each day that has dawned to be your last. Some hour to which you have not
been looking forward will prove lovely. * Horace.
Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. * Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The scenes of our lives are like pictures done in rough mosaic. Looked at close, they
produce no effect. There nothing beautifull to be found in them, unless you stand
some distance off. * Arthur Schopenhauer
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. * Soren
The above quotes are taken from A MODERN BOOK OF HOURS with lovely
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The following quotes are from the book of the great Russian filmmaker Andrey
Tarkovsky (Ivan's Childhood, Andrey Rublev, Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker,
Nostalgia, The Sacrifice)
It is obvious that art cannot teach anyone anything, since in four thousand years
humanity has learnt nothing at all. We should long ago have become angels had we
been capable of paying attention to the experience of art and allowing ourselves to be
changed in accordance with ideas it expresses. Art only has the capacity, through
shock and catharsis, to make the human soul receptive to good.
The fate of genius in the system of human knowledge is amazing and instructive.
These sufferers chosen by God, doomed to destroy in the name of movement and
reconstruction, find themselves in a paradoxical state of unstable equilibrium between
a longing for happiness and the conviction that happiness, as a feasible reality or state,
does not exist. For happiness is an abstract, moral concept. Real happiness, happy
happiness, consists, as we know, in the aspiration towards that happiness which
cannot but be absolute: the absolute after which we thirst.
The genius is revealed not in an absolute perfection of a work but in absolute fidelity
to himself, in commitment to his own passion. The passionate aspiration of the artist
to the truth, to knowing the world and himself in the world, endows with special
meaning even somewhat obscure, or, as they are called, "less successful" passages in
In this book, SCULPTING IN TIME, Tarkovsky shares his deepest thoughts
about the artistic process of making film, as well as any other art. You can find
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From "THE GIFT. Poems By Hafiz, The Great Sufi Master." Translations by
Where is the door to God? In the sound of a barking dog, In the ring of a hammer, In a
drop of rain, in the face of everyone I see.
Don't surrender Your loneliness so quickly. Let it cut more deep. Let it ferment and
season you As few human Or even divine ingredients can.
Something missing in my heart tonight Has made my eyes so soft, My voice so tender,
My need of God Absolutely clear.
I wish I could speak like music. I wish I could put the swaying splendor Of the fields
into words So that you could hold Truth Against your body and dance. I am trying the
best I can With this crude brush, the tonge, To cover you with light.
The subject tonight is Love
And for tomorrow night as well.
As a matter of fact,
I know no better topic
For us to discus
Until we all