Jean-Pierre Sergent



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I glean and retrieve quotes and short sentences from artists, writers and philosophers appearing daily on my Twitter Home Page. They are a bit like in Ella Maillart's Snippets of Wisdom, who said in her beautiful book: "Europe is still going in the wrong direction. Our civilization based on money is worthless. It's not money that counts, it's the spirit. Money kills the spirit." These are fragments of thoughts, little fireflies lighting our drifting humanity and warming our hearts, as in that simple phrase uttered by Ichi: "Anyone deprived of warmth ends up freezing to death." Excerpt from the film: Ichi, The Samurai Woman by Fumihiko Sori

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"The real function of Art is to change mental patterns... making new thought possible." Jean Dubuffet

"With age, Art and life become one." Georges Braque, Cahiers

November 3, 1954, death of Henri Matisse, French painter leader of Fauvism. His painting is a long journey of obstinate research on color. He said at the end of his life: "Color is a liberation."

"We dream of a language without words, which says the inexpressible and represents the inexpressible." Hermann Hesse, The Steppe Wolf

"The great beauty of my life is that I live what others only dream, discuss, analyze. I want to continue living the uncensored dream, the free unconscious." Anaïs Nin

"The role of the artist will thus be to create an organism with a life of its own drawn from its own, and not intended to surprise, to please or to displease, but to be active enough to excite secret senses."
"The act of painting, an act that demands such obedience that it becomes hypnosis, and that it tears us from our person to the point that time and the world around us no longer exist." Painting Without Being a Painter."
"The dream is the form in which every living creature possesses the right to genius, to its bizarre imaginations, to its magnificent extravagances." Jean Cocteau, Reception speech at the Académie Française, 1955

"Taste is the disgust of the taste of others." Pierre Bourdieu, The distinction, 1979

"I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited." Jorge Luis Borges

"I believe in the moon and the sun, I feel their effect, I believe in the ardor within the earth and its relationship to men." Emil Nolde

"The Iroquois laugh when one speaks to them of submission to a king because submission is incompatible with human dignity. Each man is his own sovereign and has his freedom from the sole creator. He cannot be forced to recognize any other authority." John Long Peltier

"The Hagakure states bluntly that love, as soon as it is confessed, dwindles; true love, the highest and noblest, is that whose secret one carries with him to the grave." Yukio Mishima

"Go back to the origin of lʼart as if painting had never existed.", says painter Barnett Newman, in The Hidden Face of American Art: Art as a Weapon of Cultural Domination

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." Jorge Luis Borges

"There is in fact no infinity except the sky because of its stars, the sea because of its drops of water, and the heart because of its tears." Gustave Flaubert

"We don't read & write poetry because it's cute. We read & write poetry because we are members of the human race... So medicine, law, business... these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love... these are what we stay alive for." Walt Whitman

"You have to be drunk all the time. In order not to feel the horrible burden of time breaking your shoulders, you must be inebriated without ceasing. With wine, poetry, or virtue, as you please. But get drunk!" Charles Baudelaire, The Spleen of Paris

"That force of joy and life without which an artist is nothing." Albert Camus

"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery." Françis Bacon

"It is not a question of being happy or satisfied, but to feel the fire inside." Anaïs Nin

"Culture is a resistance to distraction." Pasolini

"They were following him, the Nymphs. And he was leading them. The forest was vibrating. And you, remain in joy, O Dionysus with clusters. Give us to see return, in the joy of seasons, and seasons again, for countless years." Homeric Hymns to Dionysus, Translated by Leconte de Lisle

"Van Gogh once said that death would take us to another star." Le petit soldat, Godard, 1963

"This is perhaps the greatest of all problems. Life as we know it has ended, and no one is yet able to grasp what has replaced it." Paul Auster, In the Land of Last Things

"There is only one lesson life is trying to teach us - shut the fuck up and enjoy the view." Charles Bukowski

"Painting is a poetry that is seen instead of felt." Leonardo da Vinci

"Don't try to become a successful man. Try to become a man of value." Albert Einstein

"I have always had a sense of the fragility of living things, as if at every moment it would take tremendous energy for them to stand, always under the threat of collapsing. It is through their fragility that my sculptures are similar." Alberto Giacometti

"Cinema implies a total reversal of values, a complete overturning of optics, of perspective, of logic. It is more exciting than phosphorus, more captivating than love." Antonin Artaud

"I am certain that one cannot be happy without money. That is all. I don't like ease or romanticism. I like to be aware. Well, I have noticed that among some elite people there is a kind of spiritual snobbery in believing that money is not necessary for happiness. It's silly, it's wrong, and to some extent it's cowardly." Camus, La mort heureuse

"Now, there is a life older than the ambitious or even amorous life, a solitude before the social life. Today, more than ever, it is this life that I join." Pascal Quignard

"Never ask what a man's origin is, rather question his life, his courage, his qualities and you will know what he is. If the water drawn from a river is healthy, pleasant and sweet, it is because it comes from a pure source." Abd El-Kader

"My paintings are only the ashes of my art." Yves Klein

"Do anything, but let it produce joy."
 Walt Whitman

"I fear the day when technology will overtake our human relationships. The world will have a generation of idiots." Albert Einstein

"To live as one would burst. To be youth in action. To take the piss out of the world and scream." Louis Calaferte, Situation, 1991

''There is no word for art... it is to transfer something from the real to the unreal. I am an owl... a happy owl." Kenojuak Ashevak, Inuk artist in her studio 

"I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you." Frida Kahlo

"The best thing into museums are their windows!" Pierre Bonnard

"Art is not vague production, transitory and isolated, but a power which must be directed to the improvement and refinement of the human soul." Wassily Kandinsky

"Beauty that we know dies, and like that we know it exists." A writer by day, a doctor by night, Céline auscultates bodies and works the material of words.

"I believe in the infusion of landscape into the mind. I am a child of the landscape. I also believe that the urban laundry in which we live, the atomization of activities, the fragmentation of time are the misfortunes of our modernity." Sylvain Tesson

"There must be something strangely sacred in salt. It is in our tears and in the sea." Khalil Gibran

"Loneliness? A burden, an anguish, a curse, as we have been led to believe, or on the contrary, the most precious value, being crushed by the omnipresent collectivity?" The Art of the Novel, Milan Kundera

"There are only two infinite things, the universe and human stupidity... but for the universe I have no absolute certainty." Albert Einstein

"Do not despise anyone's sensibility; everyone's sensibility is his genius." Baudelaire

"Lust, like an ancient goddess resurrected by the pride of a genius, twists her flesh and stretches it in joy." Valentine de Saint-Point, Futurist Manifesto of Lust

"I am no longer of this world, I am far from myself and detached from my person. I am at the essential things." Brancusi

"Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." Franz Kafka

"I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality." Frida Kahlo

"What is more human for you? - To spare someone shame." Nietzsche

"When I was writing my Dalva Notebooks, I couldn't rely on anything but the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. That's all I have." Jim Harrison

"I come from the ruins, the churches, the altarpieces, the forgotten villages of the Apennines and the Pre-Alps where my brothers lived." Pasolini

"Forgiveness is the only way to reverse the irreversible flow of history."

"It is in the void of thought that evil is inscribed." Hannah Arendt

"To the question, "Why do you write?" the most beautiful answer to me was the one Pa Kin made: "Because the beautiful life is too short." I had thought that was wonderful, because writing is living other lives, adding lives to the beautiful life, which is not so short anymore..."
 I am an Indignant of Africa
"Today, it is time to recognize all that the Amerindian societies have to tell us. It is time that their right to be independent peoples and masters of their future be recognized. And it is past time for us, trapped in our civilization of violence, to hear the teachings of the Native American peoples, among the most impoverished and true in the world." A New Philosophy of Man, J.M.G. Le Clézio

"It falls, it rains finely, it lies down like grasses, it erases out of idleness, as if to make visible time, the trembling of time." Roland Barthes, Cy Twombly

"In any case, writing should not be work. I have never wanted to work." Pierre Michon

"From solitude comes originality, beauty in its daring and strange aspects, the poem. And from solitude also, things in reverse, disordered, absurd, guilty." Thomas Mann, Death in Venice

"Truth must be found in reality, not systems." Joseph Beuys

"We may be living in a world (this was Gerasim Luca's conclusion just before his suicide) where poetry simply has no place anymore." Michel Houellebecq

"I am delighted and faltering with joy at the musical mystery that lies within me, that casts its reflections in melodious waves, that disintegrates me and reduces my substance to a pure rhythm." E. M. Cioran, Musical Ecstasy

"The great enemy of art. is the good taste." Marcel Duchamp

"Everything I write is the result of a real conquest over myself, an excruciating inner battle where my mind rarely has the upper hand. You will tell me that this adventure is that of all poets!" Antonin Artaud, Letter to Jean Paulhan

"The modern disorder [...] originated in the West, [...] is spreading everywhere and seems to be gaining even in the East." René Guénon, La Crise du monde moderne, 1927

"Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshiping." Hubert Reeves

"In the end, contemporary art may be nothing more than a game designed to distract men." Francis Bacon

"Is happiness a profession? I believe that happiness can be taught and that the white blood I bleed makes the whole world come alive." Jean Cocteau

"There is no word for art. We say it is to transfer something from the real to the unreal." Kenojuak Ashevak, Inuk artist.

"You are a spirit in a body...not a body with a spirit... so making the body beautiful is fun but making the spirit beautiful is the main goal of this life."

Refusing to explain his paintings, the painter Mark Rothko once said, Silence is so accurate."

"Simplicity is not a goal in art, but one arrives at simplicity in spite of oneself by approaching the real meaning of things." Brancusi

"Hasten to pass on your share of wonder, of rebellion, of beneficence." René Char

"Humor can only exist where people still discern the border between what is important and what is not. Today, this border is indistinguishable." Milan Kundera, Immortality

"When a painting is silent, it means it is successful. Some of my paintings begin in tumult. They are explosive. But I am only satisfied when they become silent." Serge Poliakoff

"Me, it is my body that thinks. It is more intelligent than my brain. It feels more finely, more completely than my brain. When my body thinks... everything else falls silent. At those moments, my whole skin has a soul." Colette, La Retraite sentimentale

"For me, only those count who are mad about something, mad about living, mad about talking, mad about being saved, those who want everything at once, those who never yawn, who don't say banalities, but burn, burn like fireworks." J. Kerouac

"Simply looking at a painting gives pleasure. It's like looking at flowers, you don't look for meaning in them." Jackson Pollock

"Love for all living creatures is the noblest attribute of man." Charles Darwin

"Man's wealth is in his heart. It is in his heart that he is the king of the world. To live does not require the possession of so many things." Jean Giono, The True Richness

"All that belongs to the illusory and magnetic fascination of dreams, all that, those dark layers of consciousness that are all that preoccupies us in the mind, we want to see it shine and triumph." Antonin Artaud

"Nor be afraid, if necessary, to defend yourself completely, to shut yourself in like a beast, and to seek solitude (which is divine)." Pier Paolo Pasolini, Letter to Guido Santato

"Remain a living spirit. Do not believe in honorific formulas or functions.Live as one would burst. To be youth in action. To make fun of the world and to howl." Louis Calaferte, Situation

"A time will come when despite all the pain we will be light, joyful and truthful." Albert Camus

"In truth I have filled the open sea with my soul." Pablo Neruda, The Hundred of Love

"I call poetry both the cry that pleasure tears from me or the sentence crushed by a stone. I call poetry both that which does not ask to be understood and that which requires the revolt of the ear." Louis Aragon, Le Fou d'Elsa

"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web." Pablo Picasso

"The supreme degree of beauty is grace, but by the word grace we also mean goodness. For the supreme goodness is that generosity of a life principle that gives itself indefinitely. This is the very meaning of grace." François Cheng

"To approach the spiritual in art, one will make as little use as possible of reality, because reality is opposed to the spiritual." Piet Mondriaan

"Only he who has learned early to enlarge his soul is able, later on, to grasp in himself the totality of the world." The World of Yesterday, Stefan Zweig

"Looking is not a matter of reflection but of breaking in. A sharp blow of the scalpel."

"No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.” Antonin Artaud, Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society, 1947

"People who cry in front of my paintings have the same religious experience that I had when I painted them." Mark Rothko

"Some people are like stars traveling on a precise path, no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and their path." Hermann Hesse.

"Each one wants to impose on others the universe he carries within him, as if this universe were external, as if everyone had to have a vision conforming to his own, and as if others could not be different from the image he has of them." Luigi Pirandello

"In art, everything is metaphysical." Pierre Soulages and Conques

"One must never forget that a painting cannot be as violent as life itself, and life is so violent..." Francis Bacon

"A work of art! Therein lies the unique mystery, the unique and extreme magic; everything else is either arithmetic or biology." Truman Capote

"Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness." Allen Ginsberg.

"Music, Beauty are within you and nowhere else in the insensitive world around us." Louis-Ferdinand Celine

"To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It's freedom."
"Why can't I write words that would wake the dead? This question is the one that burns me most deeply." Just Kids
"I feel the unrest of the world in the pit of my stomach."
Nothing is ever solved. Solving is an illusion. There are moments of spontaneous brightness, when the mind appears emancipated, but that is mere epiphany.” Year of the Monkey, Patti Smith

"Any knowledge that isolates an object is more or less mutilated knowledge. What I call complex knowledge is not complete knowledge, but knowledge that recognizes the uncertainty within it." Edgar Morin

"The system does not choose the best, it chooses the most compliant, and that is dangerous." Albert Jacquard

"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” Emily Dickinson

"It is a matter of living in this world as a stranger or as a fool..." Marcel Jouhandeau, Confrontation avec la poussière

"I told myself that one always wrote about the dead body of the world and, likewise, about the dead body of love. That it was in the states of absence that the written word was engulfed." Marguerite Duras

"I saw her fern-like eyes open in the morning on a world where the wingbeats of immense hope are barely distinguishable from the other noises that are those of terror, and on this world I had still only seen eyes close." André Breton, La bouche de Nadja 

"Life teaches every living being prudence. It is an attitude and a form of life. It is enough to see the animals. Every movement is an ode to flexibility and interiority. His example is a way to show us the way to balance and harmony." Jirokana

"The cinematograph seems to me to be the typical weapon, when a poet aims at a goal of everyday familiarity, of the unusual, of the sublime serenity whose blend is the stuff of dreams." Jean Cocteau

"Their wings are mine | Nothing exists but their flight | Which shakes my misery | Their flight of star and light | The clear waves of their wings." Paul Éluard, Capitale de la douleur

"Eh! What do you like, extraordinary stranger? I love the clouds... the clouds that pass... over there... over there... the wonderful clouds!" Charles Baudelaire, L’étranger

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." Beethoven

"What my language hides, my body says. My body is a stubborn child, my language is a very civilized adult..." Roland Barthes, La passion du langage

"Nowadays, no man with a little culture talks about the beauty of couchants. Couchants are completely out of fashion. They date from a time when Turner was the ultimate in art." Oscar Wilde

"The basic problem consists, for me as for you, in not doing the "petit-Bourgeois" things of which France is full (...) Color for color, that's all. Druzy sample. Don't look at the museums, but at the tubes that are there." Nicolas de Staël, 1954

"I’m not interested in ‘abstracting’ or taking things out or reducing painting to design, form, line, and color. I paint this way because I can keep putting more things in it - drama, anger, pain, love, a figure, my ideas about space..." Willem De Kooning

"Men today want the poem to be like their lives, made of so little care, so little space and burned with intolerance." René Char, Fureur et mystère

"A distinguished soul, far from being one that is capable of the highest flights, is one that rises little and falls little, but stands always at an altitude where the air is free and bright enough." Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, Too Human

"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." Leonard Cohen

"Being different is neither a good nor a bad thing. It simply means that you are brave enough to be yourself." Albert Camus

"In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess." Dalai Lama

"Art cannot be modern, art is eternal." Egon Schiele

"Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love." Rumi 

"So we live in the time of the big cities. Deliberately, the world has been amputated of what makes its permanence: nature, the sea, the hill, the meditation of the evenings." Albert Camus

"Do not imitate anything or anyone. A lion who copies a lion becomes a monkey." Victor Hugo

"Even before disappearing from the landscape, the paths have disappeared from the human soul: man no longer has the desire to walk and to enjoy it. Neither does he see his life as a path, but as a road: as a line leading from one point to another. The time to live has been reduced to a mere obstacle that must be overcome at ever increasing speed." Immortality, Milan Kundera

"What do we understand about our fellow man, then, if not his boundaries. We give him form from our knowledge of ourselves in order to make him a satellite of our own system." Friedrich Nietzsche, Aurora, thoughts on moral prejudice

"At the bottom of all beauty lies something inhuman." Albert Camus

"Relating a person to the whole world: that is the meaning of cinema." Andrei Tarkovsky, Sculpting in Time, 1986

"Nature does not ask your permission, she has nothing to do with your wishes, and whether you like her laws or dislike them, you are bound to accept her as she is, and consequently all her conclusions." Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love....and then we return home." Australian Aboriginal

It’s not where you take things from it’s where you take them to." Jean-Luc Godard

"So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." J.L. Borges 

"Men must find instinct again." Maria Callas quoted by Denis Roche in Temps profond

"This atrocious age can only be saved by the forces of the heart." Jean Cocteau

"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass & loses itself in the Sunset." Isapo-Muxika Chief of the Siksika First Nation

"There is no dead matter," he taught us, "lifelessness is only a disguise behind which hide unknown forms of life. The range of these forms is infinite and their shades and nuances limitless." Bruno Schulz

"A wise man must talk with men who understand nothing as if he were a fool!" Henry Miller

"The man who takes himself seriously is doomed..." "There is nothing wrong with life itself. It is the ocean in which we swim and we either adapt to it or sink to the bottom. But it is in our power as human beings not the destroy the spirit which animates us." Henry Miller

"We write, like Proust, to render all of it eternal, and to persuade ourselves that it is eternal.We write to expand our world when we feel strangled, or constricted, or lonely...It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing." Anaïs Nin

"Who has not suffered in the essence of his being is unaware of the difficulty of life. For it is not enough to learn to think, one must first be." Antonin Artaud, Introspection de la fatigue

"I want to write for the beauty of the look" he announces, "for the purity of language. I want to write to be on the side of animals and children, on the side of those who see the world as it is, who know all its beauty." JMG Le Clezio, L’inconnu sur la terre

"I see life as a great relay race where each of us before falling must carry further the challenge of being a man." Romain Gary

"When you can't be a power, you can be an example." Albert Camus

"I only regret that I am not a child (I could believe in my dreams), nor a madman (I could dismiss from my soul all those who besiege me)." Fernando Pessoa, Le Livre de l’intranquillité

"If we look at the path, we do not see the Sky. We are Earth People on a Spiritual Journey to the Stars. Our Quest, our Earth Walk, is to look Within, to know who We Are, to see that We are Connected to all things, that there is no Separation, only in the Mind." Native American

"As you rise in the morning, remember how precious is the privilege of living, breathing, being happy." Marcus Aurelius

"I am nothing, I know, but I make up my nothing with a little piece of everything." Victor Hugo

"There are false poets in every school, people who simply do not belong. But they always disappear in the end because the forces of life crush them under something else." Charles Bukowski

"Respect for the Environment and Respect for what was naturally occurring in Nature: That was the bedrock of all Original Peoples. Harmony & Coexistence, Not Conquest and Conquer." L.A Banks.

"They came with a Bible and their Religion. They Stole our Land and Crushed our Spirit, and now tell us we should be thankful to the Lord for being saved." Chief Pontiac (1720-1769)

"Everything in Nature is alive and influences your thoughts whether you know it or not. Whose to say a Rock does not hear your thoughts Nor the River or the Mountain Ranges. We All Belong to this Living World and there is nothing that does not belong." Tony Ten Fingers

"Writing is work, almost a game and a joy; The essential thing is not the writing, it is the vision." Marguerite Yourcenar

"The best the artist can hope for is to engage those with eyes to look too." George Sand.

"The wicked act is a transfer onto others of the degradation one carries within oneself." Simone Weil

"In a painting, I would like to say something consoling like music." Vincent Van Gogh

"In the depths of matter grows a dark vegetation; in the night of matter bloom black flowers. They already have their velvet and the formula of their perfume." Gaston Bachelard, L'Eau et les Rêves

"I was born a bitch. I was born a painter." Frida Kahlo 

"I cannot look at a tree leaf without being crushed by the Universe." Victor Hugo

"In the best, it is difficult to do better, but in the worst, it is always easy to do worse." Curnonsky

"Being happy does not mean that everything is perfect. It means that you have decided to look beyond the imperfections." Aristotle

"An artist must never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of a style, prisoner of a reputation, prisoner of success…" Matisse

"It is not because life is not elegant that one must behave like it." Françoise Sagan

"I vegetate in the worst kind of moral laziness. I never work. What comes out of me is drawn as if at random. And I could write or say or think anything other than what I say or think and that would represent me just as well." Antonin Artaud

"The belief that nothing changes comes from either poor eyesight or bad faith. The former can be corrected, the latter can be fought." Friedrich Nietzsche

"The only absolute knowledge attainable by man is that life is meaningless." Leo Tolstoy, A Confession

"At sea, it's not like at school, there are no teachers. There is the sea and there is you. And the sea does not teach, the sea does things, in its own way." Erri De Luca, Les poissons ne ferment pas les yeux

"Events bore me, Events are only the foam of things, What interests me is the sea." Paul Valéry, Regards sur le monde actuel

"The intelligence of an individual is measured by the amount of uncertainty he is able to bear." Emmanuel Kant

"One must have the strength of total criticism, of refusal, of desperate and useless denunciation." Pier Paolo Pasolini, Lutheran Letters

"I write as I breathe, so to speak." Friday Reading 1959: an encounter with a sulphurous myth of American literature, Henry Miller, who speaks here (in French) for the very first time in front of a television camera.

"I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore." Georgia O'Keeffe

"So goes the whole of life. one seeks rest by fighting a few obstacles, and if one has overcome them, rest becomes unbearable." Blaise Pascal

"Live, ah! Live, then, and what does it matter what happens next! Do not have any remorse. You are not a judge..." Bourlinguer, Blaise Cendrars

"Every good artist paints what he is.” Jackson Pollock

"Art often finds its source in a wound, a lack, and it is not uncommon for artists to be fundamentally rebellious. Through art, I believe that we seek to overcome pain to allow a better world to come about. Creation is like a cry." Michael Lonsdale, died September 21, 2020

"He who climbs Mount Fuji once is wise, he who climbs it twice is a fool." Japanese proverb

"The forbidden is in your heart and it alone matters to you, so send two thousand years of modesty packing." Pier Paolo Pasolini, Poems of Youth

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. the purpose of life is to share it." Pablo Picasso

"We are disrupting the natural world in such massive ways that we are endangering the fertility of the world. We are endangering the very existence of this world as a fertile planet." Sir David Attenborough

"Whether one makes sculpture or painting or writing or any such activity it is always to give a certain permanence to what is desapearing." Alberto Giacometti

"The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary secretion of adrenaline, but the construction, over a lifetime, of a state of wonder and serenity." Glenn Gould

"Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together." Thomas Carlyle

"True music is silence and all the notes are just framing that silence." Miles Davis

"I hear your voice in all the noise of the world." Paul Eluard

"Reading then is a carmen, a charm, a siren song, a shamanic odos, a nebulous tao. It is probably not necessary to say of the reader that he does not see any more "to pass the time" he plunges in the formerly where the diachrony dissolves..." Pascal Quignard

"Robert Musil is an Austrian writer who, on the eve of the Second World War, says to himself that in order to better grasp and understand his time and his contemporaries, it is not war, politics or economics, but stupidity that must be studied."

"Among the five senses, sight, hearing and smell know fewer prohibitions than touch and taste." Leonardo Da Vinci.

"Cinema, in any case, is always more important than life." American Night, François Truffaut

"My problem is not one of morality but of cosmology: we were mistaken in conceiving the world as a ranch to be taken care of. We were wrong, we are shaped by the living." Baptiste Morizot in Boomerang, Radio emission

"Those who dream awake are conscious of a thousand things which escape those who only dream asleep." Edgar Allan Poe

"O poets! The only true lovers! They are not men That I have loved, But souls." The Notebooks 1913-1939, Marina Tsvetaeva

"Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture." Allen Ginsberg

"Man, free thinker! Do you think you are the only thinker in this world where life bursts into everything?" Vers dorés, Les Chimères, Gérard de Nerval

"Pictures must be miraculous." Mark Rothko

"Our works in stone, in paint, in print, are spared, some of them, for a few decades or a millennium or two, but everything must finally fall in war, or wear away into the ultimate and universal ash." Orson Welles

"Poetry is what happens when nothing else can." Charles Bukowski

"People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” Psychology and Alchemy, Carl Jung

"I am sometimes an innocent, sometimes a monster. Everything in between is of no interest to me. Everything in between is corrupt. Only the innocent and the monster are free. They are elsewhere." Gerard Depardieu

"We live in a world where funerals count more than the dead man, marriage more than love and the physical more than the intellectual. We live in the culture of the package, which despises the content." Eduardo Galeano

"A painter cannot be hedonistic, since he is a worker. He can agree with hedonism, but he will always work. Me, I have worked at painting every day of my life." David Hockney

"It's only when everything is lost and - instead of giving up, you go on... suddenly you have the feeling - be it an illusion or not - that something new has opened up." Alberto Giacometti

"I was going, blindfolded, staggering, hesitating; I was proud, arrogant, content to lead the false and restricted life of the city dweller. The light of Greece opened my eyes; it penetrated my pores and dilated my whole being." The Colossus of Maroussi, Henry Miller 

"Art is not the application of a canon of beauty, but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs." Pablo Picasso

"Seduce me. Write letters to me. And poems, I love poems. Ravish me with your words. Seduce me." Anne Boleyn

"But is there still a sky? I touch everywhere the smashed heart of man That black heart crushed by the heavy footsteps Of sorrows that weep." Le Lotissement du ciel, Blaise Cendrars

"If nothing can save us from death, let love at least save our lives." Pablo Neruda

"I think that photography has something sacred in that it is a medium to link the real world to the mysterious world that surrounds us." Paolo Roversi

"Schools serve the same social functions as prisons and mental institutions to define, classify, control, and regulate people." Michel Foucault

"There is in sensuality a kind of cosmic elation." Jean Giono

"Some days I dreamed of an eraser to erase human filth." Louis Aragon

"Real life is better off if it is given its fair vacation of unreality." Gaston Bachelard

"The only people who exist are those who have the dementia to live." Jack Kerouac

"If you understood everything I said, you’d be me." Miles Davis

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill

"My happiness is the way of everyday life. The den in the rocks and misty ivy. Wild emotions and unrestrained freedom. I laze with my friends the clouds." Han-Chan, Chinese hermit and poet (7th century)

"Show them life, and they'll find within themselves the means to assess and appreciate it." Andréi Tarkovski

"I swell with a milk of poems, unable to overflow, to the brim, and yet I still fill up." Vladimir Mayakovsky

"It is only to love and to know, that counts, not to have loved, nor to have known. It is anguish to live of a past love. The soul does not grow any more. [...] To be a poet, you need time: many hours of solitude, the only way for something to take shape, vice, freedom, to give style to chaos." La religion de mon temps, Pier Paolo Pasolini

"I can only sing this song to those who understand it. [...] How difficult it is to find love! But thanks to this dream uniting our universes, At last we have found each other!" Atanarjuat, the legend of the fast man, Inuit film

"God has reserved for himself the distribution of two or three small things on which the gold of the powerful of the earth can do nothing: genius, beauty and happiness." Theophile Gautier

"To neglect the small things under the pretext that one would like to make big ones is the excuse of cowards." Alexandra David-Néel

"Let him live like this without hurting him! Let him go; he is a dreamer who is passing." Un poète, Emile Nelligan

"The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction the weight, the weight we carry is love." Allen Ginsberg

"It is easier to disintegrate an atom than a prejudice." Albert Einstein

"Anything that degrades culture shortens the paths that lead to servitude." Albert Camus

"Each Soul must meet the Morning Sun, the New Sweet Earth, and the Great Silence Alone!. What is Silence? It is the Great Mystery! The Holy Silence is His voice!" The Soul of the Indian, Charles Alexander (Ohiyesa) Eastman, 1858-1939 

"It is because they thus contain the hours of the past that human bodies can do so much harm to those who love them." Le Temps retrouvé, Marcel Proust

"I cannot think that we are useless or Usen would not have created us There is one Usen looking down on us all We are all children of one Usen The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say." Goyaale/Geronimo/Apache 1829-1909

"Insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity." Jean Dubuffet 

"I am only a silky fragment of a woman." Diary Volume I
"No two skins have the same texture and never the same light, the same temperature, the same shadows, never the same gestures; for a lover, when animated by true love, can run the entire gamut of centuries of amorous science." Delta de Venus, Anaïs Nin 

"Art is not a reflection of reality, it is the reality of a reflection." Jean-Luc Godard

"We will be poor and we will suffer misery as long as it takes like a besieged city that does not intend to capitulate, but we will show them that we are worth something." Vincent Van Gogh letter to his brother Theo, January 1886

"No matter how far you travel. You can never get away from yourself." Haruki Murakami

"Magical Egyptian Amulets called "Hypocephalus" They were placed under the heads of the deceased in order to protect them on their journeys into the Afterlife. Instructions on their creation are included in the Book of the Dead and each is unique to the person it was buried with."

"Be careful not to live within the limits of the pre-existing belief systems that has placed limits upon a limitless Soul." Oglala Lakota

"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."
"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." Leonard Cohen

"Every two or three years, any book by any thinker, any verse by any poet will appear to the reader with a new face, will be understood differently, will awaken in him other resonances." Magic of the Book, Hermann Hesse

"I was wondering about this mysterious notion: the sex of the woman." Michel Tournier

"Not all roses are pink. All willows are not weeping. Yet I know of doors never closed and of Heroes who are always afraid." Le guetteur mélancolique, Apollinaire 

"Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution." Albert Einstein

"I believe that art is the only form of activity through which man as such manifests himself as a true individual. By it alone, he can overcome the animal stage..." Marcel Duchamp

"And when you are not there, I dream that I sleep, I dream that I dream." Paul Éluard

"It's high time to light the stars back on." Guillaume Apollinaire

"I wrote silences, nights, I noted the inexpressible. I was fixing vertigo." Arthur Rimbaud

"Is ugly in Art what is false, what is artificial, what seeks to be pretty or beautiful instead of being expressive... all that is without soul and without truth, all that is only a parade of beauty or grace, all that lies." Rodin

"Religion is not a belief established once and for all, a belief in supernatural phenomena that supposedly occurred in the past, nor the belief in the necessity of certain prayers and rites. Nor is it, as the scholars think, the remnant of ancient superstitions and ignorances that in our time there is no need to adapt to life. Religion is man's relationship with eternal life, with God, a relationship established in accordance with contemporary reason and science, which alone pushes mankind forward towards the goal assigned to it. The human soul is the lamp of God, says a page of Hebrew expression. Man is a weak, miserable animal until the light of God burns in his soul. And when this light ignites, it ignites only in the soul illuminated by religion, man becomes the most powerful being in the world. And it cannot be otherwise, because then it is no longer his power that acts in him, but God's. This is what religion is and what its essence consists of." Leo Tolstoy on God, recorded in 1910

"Of all the sciences that man can and should know, the principal one is the science of living in such a way as to do the least harm and the most good." Leo Tolstoy letter to Romain Rolland, 1887

"And I carry with me this ardent suffering | As the glow-worm holds its fiery body | As in the heart of the soldier it throbs France | And as in the heart of the lily the fragrant pollen." Tristesse d’une étoile, Guillaume Apollinaire

"The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet." Andy Warhol

 "What I will do is the impression of what I will have felt." Claude Monet

"There is a spectacle greater than the sea, it is the sky, there is a spectacle greater than the sky, it is the interior of the soul." Victor Hugo

"Surrealism is the magical surprise of finding a lion in a closet, where one was sure to find shirts." Frida Kahlo

"God is dead. Marx is dead. And I don't feel so well myself." Eugène Ionesco

"It is quite possible that a particular conjunction of the stars is indispensable for a poet to come into this world." Novalis

"Art attracts us only because it reveals our most secret self." Jean-Luc Godard

"For every beauty, there is somewhere an eye to see it. For every truth, there is somewhere an ear to hear it. For every love, somewhere there is a heart to receive it." Le calice de la vie, Ivan Bunin

"You may see the world around you devastated by dangerous madmen, or know that your honor is trampled in the sewers of the vilest minds, there is only one thing to do in such conditions: learn." Sources II, Marguerite Yourcenar

"I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds the rippling of mighty waters & the sweet breathing of flowers If this is Paganism then at present at least I am a Pagan." Zitkala-Sa, 1876-1938

"Live, love, this is wisdom: outside of pleasure and tenderness, all is falsehood and vanity." Alphonse de Lamartine

"As Art sinks into a dead end, artists multiply. This anomaly ceases to be one, if we consider that Art, in the process of being exhausted, has become both impossible and easy." De l'inconvénient d'être né, Emil Cioran

"Look at the evening as if the day were to die there; And the morning as if everything were to be born there. Let your vision be at every moment new. The wise man is the one who is astonished by everything." Les nourritures terrestres, André Gide

"We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns." Tom Waits

"What molting is for birds, the time when they change their plumage, for us human beings: it is adversity or misfortune, hard times. We can stay in this moult, we can also come out of it as renewed." Vincent van Gogh

"Death is the mother of beauty. Only the perishable can be beautiful, which is why we are not moved by artificial flowers." Harmonium, Wallace Stevens

"Being free!... I speak aloud so that this beautiful faded word may resume its life, its flight, its green reflection of wild wing and forest." L'Entrave, Colette

"Convulsive beauty will be erotic-violent, explosive-fixed, magical-circumstantial or it will not be." L'Amour fou, André Breton

"Do not move, let the wind speak: Paradise is here." Ezra Pound

"Music is a universe, infinitely real though elusive and evanescent. An individual who cannot penetrate it, because he is insensitive to its magic, is deprived of the very reason to exist. The supreme is inaccessible to him." E. M. Cioran

"It is not the landscape that is small. It is the window through which one looks at it." Tibetan proverb

"Now I live in a ghost world, enclosed in my own dreams and imaginings." The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman

Bodies have their own light which they consume to live: they burn, they are not lit from the outside.” Egon Schiele

"Let us remember that there would be fewer child martyrs if there were fewer tortured animals, fewer wagons bringing the victims of dictatorships to their deaths, if we had not become accustomed to vans where animals agonize without food and water..." Marguerite Yourcenar

"I loved music, books, museums. They helped me at first, then they tired me. They sharpen the thirst. They do not quench. I was not tired of them. But I was tired of me." The Prelude, Paul Géraldy

"Sensuality is the maximum mobilization of the senses."
"It seems that there is a very specific area in the brain that could be called the poetic memory and that records what has charmed us, what has moved us, what gives our life its beauty." L'insoutenable légèreté de l'être, Milan Kundera

"The eternal feminine draws us upwards." Goethe

"Life is short but very wide." Jim Harrison

"I put together the notes that love each other." Mozart

"We must get used to it: at the most important crossroads in our lives, there are no signs." Ernest Hemingway

"I want the useless, the majestic, I want marble busts on leprous facades, I want streets where you get lost, a labyrinth, a maze, the screaming songs of my neighborhood and the wide-open bars... I want Palermo." Oublier Palerme, Edmonde Charles-Roux

"To the Indians it seemed that these Europeans hated everything in nature - the living forests and their birds and beasts, the grassy grades, the water, the soil, the air itself…" Dee Brown

"Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That's what invention is about." Helen Frankenthaler 

 The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

"The museum s are importants to those who go to it insofar as it allows them to distinguish themselves from those who do not go." Pierre Bourdieu
"There are many intellectuals who question the world; there are very few intellectuals who question the intellectual world." Esquisse pour une auto-analyse, Pierre Bourdieu

"Painting does not reproduce the visible, it makes visible." Paul Klee

"The body is always ahead of thought." Michel Foucault

"If authentic spirituality still existed anywhere, it was certainly in India... God had moved to India."
"We revolve around a center to draw space to us and make sense of the chaos of time." Olga Tokarczuk

"I have never touched the bottom, that ultimate point where surrender is imposed. A tiny part of my mind clung to the idea that to give up was to accept death." Slavomir Rawicz

"I listened to his 'thought-words' as they moved across the page, as if from a violin, I looked at his books like a painter's canvas... I never felt enlightened enough to understand him." Julien Gracq

"No one has ever written or painted, sculpted, modeled, built, invented, than to actually get out of hell." Antonin Artaud

"A little joy was needed to endure unhappiness, to go on living, he knew that now, any kind of joy, even a tiny one, even a silly one." Albert Cohen

"Know this, O world!

The poet discovers in his dreams
The formula of the flower and the law of the star
." Marina Tsvetaeva

"Try to always keep a piece of blue sky above your life." Du côté de chez Swann, Marcel Proust 

"Epitaph for the famed Roman charioteer Scorpus by the poet Martial: "Here I lie, Scorpus: the pride of the noisy circus, the darling of Rome. Spiteful Fate snatched me away in my twenty-sixth year. She must have counted my victories and not my years, and decided that I was an old man. What a crime, to be cheated of my youth. I fell and died, harnessing too soon those dark horses of death. The finish line of the race, which I time and again sped across in my chariot, now becomes the finish line of my life."
Scorpus raced for the Green team in the 1st century AD and won 2048 races. Despite being a slave he would become enormously wealthy, surpassing even his Roman patrons. Like many racers in the deadly sport of charioteering, Scorpus seems to have been killed in a crash."

"If I don't like a thing, I don't like it, that's all; and nothing in the world will make me like it, because the vast majority of my contemporaries like it or pretend to like it. My likes and dislikes do not follow fashion." Martin Eden, Jack London

"I have always been convinced that the wonderful is part of the soul." Arthur Machen

"We live amid surfaces, and the true art of life is to skate well on them." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"All around the planet, when you are in an enclosed place with a gate, a peristyle, a step, well, you are in a sacred place. You have, each time, a limit, a border, that is to say, a demarcation. - A place withdrawn from the commercial relationship, protected and inalienable. A sacred object cannot be exchanged for anything, it cannot be sold. - The existence of a sacred is the a priori condition of any durable human community, that is an invariant. - Where there is sacredness, there is prohibition. The sacred is not soft, it is hard. - The sacred, it is a distant which is very close, there is a distance. There is a change of state when you go from a profane place to a sacred place. - Without the sacred, there is no sacredness: no vitality!" Excerpts from Regis Debré's interview in Marianne Magazine, 12/29/2020

"To do what is useful, to say what is courageous, to look at what is beautiful: that is enough to fill a man's life." Thomas Stearns Eliot

"The Whole exists before the parts [...] the inner life exists before the states of consciousness." Bergson 

"Anything that degrades culture shortens the paths that lead to servitude." Albert Camus

"If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there's salvation in life. Even if you can't get together with that person." Haruki Murakami

"One should not encroach on the future by asking before time what can only come with time." Arthur Schopenhauer

"We have arrived at a moment in history when we must urgently redefine the meaning of civilization." Hayao Miyazaki

"We are, this day, closer to the sinister than the tocsin itself, that is why it is high time to compose ourselves a health of the misfortune. Even if it has the appearance of the arrogance of a miracle." Heureuse la magie, René Char

"When we say there is no joy, we lose confidence, we must not lose confidence. We must remember that confidence is already joy. The hope that it will be just now, the hope that it will be tomorrow, that it will happen, that it is here..." Jean Giono

"I ask you, now, if it is well just, the law which orders to the one who has nothing, to respect the one who has everything." La philosophie dans le boudoir, Marquis de Sade

"The sublime, for me today, is in the faces more than in the works.... Art is only a way to see." Alberto Giacometti

"Our planet is girded by a single global civilization. It is certain that it is so for the first time in the history of the human race. It conceals another primacy: it would be, regardless of the billions of religious people, the first atheistic civilization. 
Corruption flourishes. The gulf between rich and poor is deepening. While some are starving, others consider wastefulness a habit, even a social duty." Václav Havel

"Eternity is the sea mixed with the sun." Arthur Rimbaud

"You never paint what you see or think you see. You paint with a thousand vibrations the blow that has struck you: how can you be struck and not cry out in anger?" Nicolas de Staël

"What progress inexorably asks of men and continents is to renounce their strangeness, to break with mystery. [...] The human species had entered into conflict with the space, the earth, the very air it takes to live." Les racines du ciel, Romain Gary

"The highest, most decisive experience is to be alone with one's own self. You must be alone to find out what supports you, when you find that you can not support yourself. Only this experience can give you an indestructible foundation." C.G. Jung

"There is no lasting happiness outside the prescribed cycle of painful exhaustion and pleasurable regeneration..." The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt

"There is only one thing I fear in life, my friend: one day, the black will swallow the red." Mark Rothko

"If you look for a meaning, you'll miss everything that happens." Andrei Tarkovsky

"My work, my life, is poetry, it is a dream. This dream I see today without illusions. Perhaps this is what old age is all about." Pier Paolo Pasolini

"Her soul had the same innocent graces as her body; the sweetness of his feelings was infinite; there was nothing but suave and a little dreamy in her mind: it seemed as if her heart, her thought and hier voice sighed as if in concert." Chateaubriand

"Beside the great currents of this world, there are still men anchored in the immobile lands. They are generally unknown men who keep away from all the crossroads of notoriety and modern culture." Julius Evola

"To succeed was not to obtain something for oneself; success had to concern everyone or it was not success." History of a Youth, Elias Canetti

"In what is not essential, they see the essential; in the essential, they see the non-essential. Those who remain in the field of false ideas, never arrive at the essential." Buddha

"Like God, the artist must remain above his work, indifferent, picking his nails." James Joyce

"No, no more verse here. But if your eyes love the most enchanting thing in poetry, in the water of this pool contemplate yourself; the verses have no image equal to your beauty." À une jeune Arabe, Alphonse de Lamartine

"In picking up the shards of time, one does not make eternity." Pensées sous les nuages, Philippe Jaccottet

"For the human soul is virtually indestructible, and its ability to rise from the ashes remains as long as the body draws breath." Alice Miller

"I don't see why people expect a work of art to mean something when they accept that their own lives mean nothing."
"Every viewer will get a different thing. That’s the thing about painting, photography, cinema." David Lynch

"Those who learn nothing from the unpleasant facts of their lives, force the cosmic consciousness to reproduce them as many times as necessary, to learn what the drama of what happened teaches. That which you deny subjugates you. What you accept transforms you." C. G. Jung

"To paint means to think with one's brush." Paul Cézanne

"Imagination is our first privilege. Inexplicable as the chance that provokes it. All my life I have tried to accept without trying to understand the compulsive images that presented themselves to me." Luis Buñuel

"Something in her was violently sensual, alive, earthy..." Anaïs Nin

"If all life inevitably goes to its end, we must during ours, color it with our colors of love and hope." Marc Chagall

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." Albert Einstein

"It takes time to be happy. A lot of time. Happiness, too, is a long patience. And in almost all cases, we wear out our lives earning money, when we should, through money, earn our time." Albert Camus

"I place a blank piece of paper on the table and I wait for the words, attracted by the light, to come and take hold of it." Christian Bobin

"Your body itself is a temple, Install Bhagwan Shiva in your Soul, and no one will able to take it away that from you!" Hindu proverb

"Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people's ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach." Roberto Bolaño

"When I exhibit a painting, I would like it to say, Here I am; here is my presence, my feeling, myself. Here I stand, relentless, proud, alive, naked, fearless." Clifford Still

"I've found, too, that the ancient intellectual traditions are not merely about belief, as some would say. Belief is not a strong enough word. They are more than that: They are part of lived experience, the on-going experience of people rooted in centuries-old knowledge." L. Hogan

"No one can take away your freedom of thought. You can be advised, enlightened by others, but never let anyone think for you." Baruch Spinoza

"Books are concentrated time [...] Every book - like, for that matter, every artistic monument, a painting or a temple - represents a large flow of time from which the author has managed to tear himself away." Les Hooligans, Mircea Eliade

"In everyone's life, there is no day without significance." Alexander Woollcott

"Everyone has his life and must conduct it as a work of art." L'extase matérielle, J.M.G. Le Clézio

"Capitalism creates a state of widespread insomnia" "because it resists all attempts at exploitation, sleep is the major obstacle to the full realization of capitalism."
 [...] "Now, in the twenty-first century, sleep maintains a more troubling relationship to the future and remains, in many ways, a border state between the social and the natural as well as a cyclical presence in the world essential to life and therefore incompatible with capitalism." Jonathan Crary, France-Inter on January 28, 2021 (One could say more or less the same thing about sexuality!)

"Taste is the disgust of other people's taste. To make people talk about their tastes, you have to make them talk about what disgusts them." Pierre Bourdieu 

"If I had to live my life over again. I would like to make even more mistakes. I would go pick more daisies. I would go climb more mountains. I would swim in more rivers..." Jorge Luis Borges

"I want to express my feelings rather then illustrate them." Jackson Pollock 

"Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it." Hermann Hesse

"Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power." Oscar Wilde

"Everyone seriously involved in science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifested in the laws of the universe." Albert Einstein

"Beings who truly love each other are not limited by space or time. They are bound by the soul, a bond far more intimate, more inseparable than that of the body." François Cheng 

"Move through space with minimum waste and maximum joy." Sade Adu

"The day will come when people like me will look at the killing of animals as they look today at the killing of human beings." Léonardo da Vinci 

"You rise each morning to a new day, a new world, which has to be created from scratch. Each day is a brilliant improvisation with full orchestra: the light on the sea, the foliage, the stabbing cypresses, the silver spindrift olives." Corfu, Lawrence Durrell

"Oh, how I love solitude! How these places sacred to the night, Far from the world and noise, Pleasing to my anxiety!" Madame de Sevigne

"Everything changes! But it is good to have been a photographer to witness many pretty things that will disappear." Sabine Weiss, photographer, L'heure bleue, France Inter, February 4, 2021

"Don't think that beings who bite life with so much fire in their hearts go away without leaving a mark." Nicolas de Staël

"Staël left, without a step in the snow Knowing himself on the ground of the sea, Then in the stuffing of the path." Riche de larmes, René Char

"It may rain and storm, that's not what matters, often a little joy may seize you on a rainy day and prompt you to retire to the sidelines with your happiness." Pan, Knut Hamsun

"I was obeying an irresistible urge to represent a deep spirituality." Emil Nolde

"Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing." William S. Burroughs

"I would have liked, before I kissed her, to be able to fill her again with the mystery she had for me on the beach, before I knew her, to find in her the country where she had lived before." Marcel Proust

"In life, one must avoid three geometric figures: vicious circles, love triangles and minds that are too square." Mario Benedetti

"Three films a day, three books a week and records of great music would be enough to make me happy to the day I die." François Truffaut  

"I think we are the result of what we have read, seen, experienced. I don't think artists are born out of the void. I am a small stone in a great edifice, I depend on each element of the edifice, next to it, above it, below it..."
"I feel that in Persona (1966) & later in Cries & Whispers (1972)- I had gone as far as I could go. And that in these two instances when working in total freedom, I touched wordless secrets that only the cinema can discover." Ingmar Bergman

"I had a sleeping bag, fifteen days of provisions on my backpack and I said to myself: I must go and see the beauty of the world, before waiting to know why I live."

"What was fundamental was to understand why and how Europe had similarly gone off the rails to make a crazy civilization that kills each other every 20 or 30 years and then I said to myself, by going to Central Asia, as we lived 2,000 years ago, maybe I would understand what we have done wrong." Ella Maillart

"Consistent kindness can accomplish much. As the sun melts ice, kindness evaporates misunderstanding, distrust, and hostility." Albert Schweitzer

"Engineering is the closest thing to magic that exists in the world." Elon Musk

"Trust every chapter of your life because he is the author." Hindu proverb

"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." Bob Marley

"There is no vaccine for stupidity." Albert Einstein

"Unite. Practice mutual aid. This is the surest way to give each and every one the greatest security, the best guarantee of existence and of physical, intellectual and moral progress." Pierre Kropotkin

"On a day's work with Buñuel, if you don't laugh at least three times, the day is lost. One must not take oneself seriously."
"Time is like the wind. The wind we don't see: we see the branches it stirs, the dust it raises. But the wind itself, nobody has seen it." Jean-Claude Carrière

"On earth there is no death. All are immortal. All is immortal. No need To be afraid of death at seventeen Nor yet at seventy." Arseniy Tarkovsky

"I belong to an unhappy generation, straddling two worlds and uncomfortable in both." Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

"There are moments when I give up on everything; for no reason simply because fatigue drags me to the bottom of the mists of the past. And my sun hides and my shadow expands." Le Phénix, Paul Éluard

"All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." Chief Seattle

"What we seek is the forbidden fruit. Without it, Paradise is not paradise for us." Alexander Pushkin

"Only through Art can we get out of ourselves, know what another sees of this universe that is not the same as ours, and whose landscapes would have remained as unknown to us as those that may exist in the moon."

"Our wisdom begins where the author's ends, and we would like him to give us answers, when all he can do is give us desires." Sur la lecture, Marcel Proust

"Achilles Tatius in his novel Leucippé and Clitophon states in a very crude way that the union of the eyes is more embracing than coitus: this is the erotic definition of fascination." Vie secrète, Pascal Quignard

"If you wish to lift your eyes above and fix them on your natural abode and your eternal homeland, give no sway over you to the speeches of the vulgar; raise your vows above human rewards." Dream of Scipio, On the Republic, Cicero

"How often does not the Wise Man, in the time when all Nature seems asleep, and when a deep silence favors the inclination for study, revive his mind?"

"As mankind perfects itself, man degrades himself; when all will be but an economic combination of well-counterbalanced interests, of what use will virtue be? When nature is so enslaved that it has lost its original forms, where will plasticity be?" Flaubert

"A mother, you understand, she is Humanity." Albert Camus

"One don't solve a problem with the ways of thinking that created it." Einstein

"Movies have hearts. Boum! Boum! Boum! Have mind! ckcktck…! Have power! N'est-ce pas! Have ambition!" Jodorowsky

"You poets have made of love an immense imposture: what falls to us always seems less beautiful than these rhymes stuck together like two mouths on each other." L’Œuvre au Noir, Marguerite Yourcenar

"Each generation, no doubt, believes itself destined to remake the world. Yet mine knows that it will not remake it. But its task is perhaps greater. It consists in preventing the world from unraveling." Albert Camus

"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home..." Gary Snyder

"The world will not do you any favors, believe me,.If you want to have a life steal it." Lou Andres-Salome

"There is a law of beauty that is important to remember. In spite of the efforts of some, we seem to be walking towards this oblivion, so much mediocrity, monsters with a thousand heads, has faithful followers in modern societies." Claude Debussy

"Idiocy is a disease that goes well with fear. The one and the other fatten each other, creating a gangrene that only asks to spread." Philippe Claudel

"For the one around whom walls grow, it is salubrious to be disturbed. Happy are those who jump over these walls before they are too high." Elias Canetti

"The forbidden is in your heart and it alone matters to you, so send out two thousand years of modesty." Poèmes de jeunesse, Pier Paolo Pasolini

"One builds one's life for a person and, when at last one can receive him there, that person does not come, then dies in us and we live imprisoned in what was intended only for him." Marcel Proust

"What is beautiful in the animal world is that they know without telling each other everything and anything!... and from very far! At the speed of light!... we have a head full of words, frightening the trouble we go to in order to be emberliquer to the worst! No longer know anything.
I would have liked that one finds in the words the song of the soul. To make the language sensitive again, so that it palpitates more than it reasons - such was my goal." Louis-Ferdinand Céline

"It is to inspire us almost with a desire to sin, to show so much care to prevent us from doing it." Molière

"Solitary life is an alchemical experience, a transmutation of the being which is not without danger: one must, with patience, burn away all impurity before hoping to see in oneself the Clear Primordial Light." François Augiéras

"Let us be the nightmare of those who want to deprive us of our dreams." Ernesto Che Guevara

"Modigliani complained that he did not understand my verses, And he suspected them of hiding miracles."
"The breath of art had not yet burned, Transfigured our two existences, It was the diaphanous hour before the dawn." Anna Akhmatova (Modigliani - Anna Akhmatova)

"And then, there are those whom you meet, whom you hardly know, who say a word, a sentence, give you a minute, half an hour and change the course of your life." Victor Hugo

"The connoisseur prefers simple beauty..." La fille naturelle, Goethe

"If God existed, it would be a library." Umberto Eco

"The abandoned earth, overloaded with letters of the alphabet, choked with knowledge and no more ears that listen in the cold." Le territoire de l’homme, Elias Canetti

"We will have consumed our world before we have changed our human species." André Leroi-Gourhan

"There are people so stupid that if an idea appeared on the surface of their brain, they would commit suicide, terrified of solitude." Emil Cioran

"Believe me, there is nothing more beautiful than to realize crazy ideas. I would like my life to be a series of crazy ideas." L’insoutenable légèreté de l’être, Milan Kundera 

But once in a while the odd thing happens, Once in a while the dream comes true, And the whole pattern of life is altered, Once in a while the moon turns blue.” W. H. Auden

"The satisfaction of the creative impulse is a basic biological need, essential to the health of the individual. Its cumulative effect on the health of society is inestimable." Writings on Art, Mark Rothko

"All memory is present." Novalis

"Homo Festivus: I have given that name to the modern inhabitant of our time [...] The festival, which was a break in the continuum of daily life, has become the whole of daily life." Philippe Muray

"Music is the only art that has movement itself as its subject." Paul Claudel

"The world is wrong. You believe that it is what you keep that makes you rich. I tell you that it is what you give away that makes you rich. All that you store up outside your heart is lost." Que ma joie demeure, Jean Giono

"Travel is a great lesson in modesty and stripping down, I think that's actually its main virtue. And if you manage to turn yourself into a smoke ring or to be the color of a wall, you get everywhere." Nicolas Bouvier

"You only meet a great thing once, a really great thing. After that, events no longer matter. I mean that they no longer change anything. They are no longer transparent, we no longer see through them, beyond them." Noce au Paradis, Mircea Eliade

I refuse to live in the ordinary world as ordinary women to enter ordinary relationships, I want ecstasy!”
Sex loses all its power and magic when it becomes explicit, mechanical, overdone, when it becomes a mechanistic obsession.” Anais Nin

"We already know it only too well for ourselves, ... this life is only a passing ordeal in spite of that, we cling to it, always hoping to discover happiness in it." Leo Tolstoy

"The egoist is not the one who lives as he pleases, it is the one who asks others to live as he pleases, the altruist is the one who lets others live their lives, without intervening." Oscar Wilde

"Every truth goes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Then it is strongly opposed. Then it is taken for obvious." Arthur Schopenhauer

"She wore chaste dresses and yet her body burned."
To create is to live twice.” Albert Camus 

"The work of art is a balance outside of time, an artificial health. I would argue that this is what an artist needs: a special world, to which he alone has the key." Diary, André Gide

"I call Poetry this reverse of time, this wide-eyed darkness, this passionate realm where I lose myself, this nocturnal sun, this cursed song as well that dies in my throat where the bells of provocation ring out." Écrits sur la poésie, Aragon

"Love is the only thing that gives meaning to our poor comings and goings on earth: not precisely a finding, I'm afraid. You'll think I'm crazy, but that's the way I drink too, as if absorbing an eternal sacrament." Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry

"And then, something else bothers me about these supposedly universal Human Rights is that, precisely, they are not universals. There is always a double standard." Simone Veil

"I have gathered to write to you, the soul of all the flowers, and the ephemeral moments of all the birdsongs." Fernando Pessoa

"God? Since he is hidden from us by his perfection, I did not see him, certainly, as one sees the All, But I was in the suburbs of his Jerusalem. Bathing, purple cross, in the shadow of the clouds; I said with the corals of the Madreporian psalms." C. Norwid

"One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity." Pierre-Auguste Renoir 

"The theory of relativity contains no internal contradiction, to understand its basis is to gain access to the intelligence of the structures of the universe and approach the mystery of creation." Einstein and relativity by Etienne Klein

"You probably think as I do that the wisest, the most poetic, the best, are not those who put into their work all their poetry, all their goodness and all their science, but who still know how to put a little of it into their lives with an ingenious and prodigious hand." Marcel Proust

"I was handing myself over to her in the midst of these solitudes as to a road which one senses leads to the sea." The Opposing Shore, Julien Gracq

"If people knew how many failures it takes to make a success. How many successes to make a failure." Jean Cocteau

"One must accept the fact that others don't see what you do." Louise Bourgeois

I’ll be the wind, the rain and the sunset, the light on your door to show you’re home.” Lou Reed

"To live is to move from one space to another trying as hard as possible not to bump into each other." Georges Perec

"I'm crazy, even of madness." Le Pèse-nerfs, Antonin Artaud

"I like the irrelevant, the tangential, the sidebar excursion to nowhere that suddenly becomes revelatory. That's what all my movies are about." Jean-Luc Godard

"To sin is not to do evil. The real sin is not to do good." Pier Paolo Pasolini

"Genius is precisely, at least in poetic matters, to be faithful to freedom." Notre besoin de Rimbaud, Yves Bonnefoy

"I like that music is not deaf to the song of the wind in the plain, nor insensitive to the perfumes of the night." Vladimir Jankélévitc

Hope? I have none, and furthermore I condemn it with everything in my power. Hope is the flag, the special marker of hypocrisy... I don't believe in it. I believe only in my own vitality."

"To be a poet, you need time: many hours of solitude, the only way for something to take shape, to give style to chaos." La religion de mon temps
"The joy of the American who feels identical to another million Americans in the love of democracy: that is the disease of the future world! When the classical world is exhausted - when all the peasants and artisans will be dead - when industry has made the cycle of production and consumption unstoppable - then our history will end."

"I may be an unbeliever, but I am an unbeliever who has a nostalgia for a belief."

"Nothing ever dies in a lifetime. Everything survives. We, together, live and survive. So, too, every culture is always interwoven with survival."

"The genius of the Indian mind is not to shake the beliefs of the common man but to lead them by stages to the understanding of the deeper meaning behind their beliefs. But the West & the Indian elite want to write a full stop in a land where there are no full stops." Mark Tully

I hate flowers - I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.”  
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way... things I had no words for." Georgia O'Keeffe

"I have a lot of work to do today; I need to slaughter memory. Turn my living soul to stone. Then teach myself to live again…" The Verdict, Anna Akhmatova

"The happiness of those who know increases the beauty of the world and makes everything sunnier; knowledge not only puts beauty around things, but in the long run it introduces this beauty into things." Nietzsche

"I would like to be reborn, if it were possible, as modest, as a violet." Natsume Soseki

"Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult, it requires you to be a true poet." Kandinsky

"Art gives us the illusion of liberation from the sordid business of being."
"To define beauty is to fail to understand it." Le Livre de l'intranquillité, Fernando Pessoa

"The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle." Stanley Kubrick

"Sometimes my reveries end in meditation, but more often my meditations end in reverie, & during these distractions my soul wanders & hovers in the universe on the wings of the imagination, in ecstasies which pass all other enjoyment." Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"If the bee were to disappear, man would have only a few years to live. This is one of the versions of the sentence attributed to Einstein. Yes, the fate of humanity is linked to that of pollinators. And they are mostly insects, including bees." Hubert Reeves

"The most powerful civilization known to man, ours, can destroy the earth. I think that the task of the next century, in the face of the most terrible threat that humanity has known, is going to be to reintegrate the Gods into it." André Malraux

We have to free half of the human race, the women, so that they can help to free the other half.” Emmeline Pankhurst, UK suffragette arrested in 1914

"Napoleon said to Madame de Staël: - I don't like women who deal with politics.
- Perhaps, but in a country where their heads are cut off, it is natural for women to want to know why."

"There is something more in painting that cannot be explained, that is essential." Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"Everyone runs elsewhere and to the future, especially since no one has arrived at himself." Montaigne

"The woman is the marvelous. Everything in her steps is transfigured." Louis Aragon

"Ah, if only with a drop of poetry or love we could soothe the hatred of the world." Pablo Neruda

"When a man knows more than others, he becomes lonely." My Life, Carl Gustav Jung

"I am an anachronism..Take me back to the time when Dharma was prevelant."
Dharma: Law governing the order, the general arrangement of things (cosmic, social, religious) in Buddhism and Hinduism.

"- Why do you look sad? - Because you speak to me with words, and I answer you with feelings." Pierrot le fou, Jean-Luc Godard

"The past cannot simply be chopped down with an axe. We must discover what is dead and belongs in the grave and what is still alive and worthy of life." Fedor Shalyapin

"History for me is a material like landscape or color." Anselm Kiefer

"To want to prove things that are clear of themselves is to light the day with a lamp." Aristotle

"Biological and technical metamorphosis must be guided, regulated, controlled by an ethical, cultural and social metamorphosis." Edgar Morin

"There are more things in men to admire than things to despise." Albert Camus

Silence has so much meaning.” Yurok Proverb

"Question to Albert Einstein: - What weapons will be used in World War III? - I don't know, but I know the ones that will be used in the fourth: rocks and sticks."

"If anyone tells you there is only one way, their way, get as far away from them as possible, both physically and philosophically." Jim Jarmusch

"We are all born crazy. A few remain so." En attendant Godot, Samuel Beckett

Art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.” Saul Bellow

"We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.” Charles Bukowski

"The night will come that will hide with its shadow The great green palace of mystery." Soirée douce, Pablo Neruda

"You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit." Démosthène

"Silence is a golden mountain. Everyone always knows what they need to know. When you get to the top of the mountain, keep climbing." The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac

"Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, without suspecting that true happiness lies in the way you climb the slope." Gabriel García Márquez

"All my life I have kept, engraved in my memory, certain landscapes that I had glimpsed in my travels, and which were, for me, fragments of a certain beauty of which I hoped, one day, to meet the archetype." The Twenty-Sixth Dream, John Buchan

"To understand Radha, you need to understand the mysteries & differences of 'rasa' and 'prema' – the ecstatic experience of spiritual love." India

"You will never be able to experience everything. So, please, do poetical justice to your soul and simply experience yourself."

"I am precisely irredeemably attracted to anything that is not reassuring, anything that involves a way of life. As soon as someone is in the possibility of falling, of getting hurt - he interests me." Françoise Sagan

"I like melodrama because it is situated just at the meeting point between life and theatre." Luchino Visconti

Kitsch is the most pernicious of all prisons. The bars are covered with the gold of simplistic, unreal feelings, so that you take them for the pillars of a palace.” Night Train to Lisbon, Pascal Mercier

Art teaches us to see into things. Folk art and kitsch allow us to see outward from within things.” Walter Benjamin

Kitsch is a folding screen set up to curtain off death.”
"In the realm of totalitarian kitsch, all answers are given in advance and preclude any questions." Milan Kundera

The value of things is not in the duration, but in the intensity in which they occur. This is why there are unforgettable moments, inexplicable things and incomparable people." Fernando Pessoa

"Culture resists the law, that's what it has always done and must always do."
"We can see today that imposing a culture of laws does not work. Culture, if it is to exist, can only be a form of negotiation in relation to the kind of order that laws want to impose on us."
"The idea of law is inscribed in an ordering of the world in its totality. There is a kind of cosmological dimension: it is not only a matter of controlling the behavior of human beings and making sure that the city functions well, but of making sure that the world does not collapse into chaos. As if there could be no other world than that of order." Laurent de Sutter, philosopher, Affaire en cours, France Culture, 16.03.2021

"I live life in the margins of society, and the rules of normal society don’t apply to those who live on the fringe." Tamara de Lempicka

"The world will never die for lack of wonder but only for lack of wonder." Gilbert Keith Chesterton

"Man's greatness lies in his decision to be stronger than his condition." Albert Camus

"What we must seek and find is the serene sweetness of an unshakeable peace." Alexandra David-Néel

"From the most visible, we must now go to the least visible, which is also the most revealing and the most true." Philippe Jaccottet

"In spring I dreamt of the universal music of all living things. I encountered endless dead cities and mourned myself. .. Now I must rekindle my life ! At last I can see the generous sun once more and be free." Egon Schiele, 1910

"I often think it would be best not to attempt the solution of the problem of life. Living is hard enough without complicating the process by thinking about it." Limbo, Aldous Huxley 

"There are many worlds and each of them is important and we must know them because these other worlds, these other cultures, are mirrors in which we can see ourselves, through which we can better understand ourselves." [...] "We are human because we tell stories and myths.." Hérodote, Arpenter le monde, Sur les épaules de Darwin, March 20, 2021

"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” E. M. Forster

"I like to hold my hand on the trunk of a tree I pass by, not to assure myself of the tree's existence - of which I have no doubt - but of my own." Christian Bobin

Anything is an Art if you do it at the level of an Art.” Richard Avedon

"The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it." Lawrence Ferlinghetti 

The artist was buried in the Pantheon in Rome. His epitaph, too, is poetry and genius: "Here lies Raphael, who during his life made Nature fear to be mastered by him and, when he died, to die with him."

"Think much, feel more and speak little." Goethe

"Picasso is a man for whom painting means seeing and who better than anyone 'lives' his century. He affirmed that painting was not made to decorate apartments but to carry a political statement."
"One may wonder if the state of the art world would have been the same without Pablo Picasso. He is the center of a world, which is his own and which is going to influence the whole world. Picasso is the artist-world. He is not only painter. He is 'all'". Sophie Chauveau, L'oeuvre autobiographique de Picasso, France Culture, 23/03/2021 

"What a good thing to love and be loved; to know that an elite nature has understood yours." Pierre Loti

Besançon, March 27th 2020