Relevant Quotes
last updated March 08, 2010


The past, the present and the future are but one moment in the sight of God, in whose sight we should try to live. Time and space, succession and extension, are merely accidental conditions of Thoughts. The Imagination can transcend them, and move in a free sphere of ideal existences. ...
-De Profundis by Oscar Wilde

animals know, but man knows that he knows
-de Chardin

Jung classified personalities into introvert and extravert types, according to the invidivual's attitude to the external world. His experience with patients made him define neurosis as 'the suffering of the soul which has not discovered its meaning.' Meaning can be found through dreams and their symbols in the form of archetypical images, arising from the collective unconscious.

"To me, psychedelia is finding something tangible that you can hold on to in the unusual...That's what any innovator does."
-P.M. Dawn's Prince Be.

Hallucination is the experience of perceiving objects or events that do not have an external source. For example, a person may hear his name called by a voice that no one else seems to hear. A hallucination is distinguished from an illusion, which is a misinterpretation of an actual stimulus. -
-somewhere on the web


Such hallucinogenic chemicals seem to impair sensory input by decreasing the transmission of nerve impulses by raising the resistance of the nervous system to their passage.
-somewhere on the web <av: could this mean that in this state one receives a “faster” modulation of reality, and a different representation of it (arguably more accurate?).>


Persons who take such drugs (e.g., LSD) may become hypersuggestible, emotionally labile (unstable), and unusually aware of their own reactions and those of others. Feelings of transcendence of ordinary experience, distortions in time perception (e.g., time may seem to slow down), and hallucinations have also been reported.
-Louis Jolyon West, M.D.

…emotions join beliefs and desires in a holy trinity of roles: beliefs provide us with a picture of the world, desires with things in that world at which we aim, and emotions with an orientation or attitude towards those things. "If belief maps the world, and desire targets it, emotion tints or colors it: it enlivens it or darkens it, as the case may be." Without the map that belief provides, there would be nothing for desire to target; and without the targets that desires provide, there would be neither the satisfaction nor the frustration from which emotion as an attitude could form.
-philosopher Richard Wollheim's book On The Emotions from the March 30, 2000, edition of the London Review of Books

Even now one is ashamed of resting, and prolonged reflection almost gives people a bad conscience. One thinks with a watch in one's hand, even as one eats one's midday meal while reading the latest news of the stock market; one lives as if one always "might miss out on something".... Living in a constant chase after gain compels people to expend their spirit to the point of exhaustion in continual pretense and overreaching and anticipating others. Virtue has come to consist of doing something in less than time than someone else.
-Nietzsche's The Gay Science

" Colour is a power which directly influences the soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with the strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul. "
- Wassily Kandinsky


Actors are naturally the first people to inhabit the virtual world of cyberspace. They pretend to be in a place the viewer believes is real. -AV

"As dot-coms disintegrate and global competitors consolidate, innovative executives had better recognize that the art of business increasingly depends upon the business of art. Art and design will assume a strategic importance comparable with that of science and technology."
-And so begins a recent Fortune magazine article


Although Plato loved geometry, he would not have been good at teaching a course in Art & Geometry because he had a low opinion of art. He taught that, since the world is a copy or image of the real, then a work of art is a copy of a copy, at third remove from reality.
He writes in his Republic(p. 603),
"... painting [and] ... the whole art of imitation is busy about a work which is far removed from the truth; ... and is its mistress and friend for no wholesome or true purpose. ... [it] is the worthless mistress of a worthless friend, and the parent of a worthless progeny."
But on geometry he wrote in his Republic (p. 527),
"[Geometry is] . . . persued for the sake of the knowledge of what eternally exists, and not of what comes for a moment into existence, and then perishes, ...
[it] must draw the soul towards truth and give the finishing touch to the philosophic spirit."


“The artist is a spectator, indifferent or impassioned, at the birth of his work, and observes the phases of his development.”
-Max Ernst (av: relevant to ptg. and frotage)


"The composition of vast books is a laborious and impoverishing extravagance. To go on for five hundred pages developing an idea whose perfect oral exposition is possible in a few minutes! A better course of procedure is to pretend that these books already exist, and then to offer a resume, a commentary . . . More reasonable, more inept, more indolent, I have preferred to write notes upon imaginary books."
-Jorge Luis Borges

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand

Church’s personal inspiration comes mostly from his childhood experiences: “I think I must be a bit less impressed by things these days. When you're young, you're so easily impressed! When I'm faced with a particularly challenging assignment, I think back to a movie I watched or a toy I played with or something I saw in a museum that affected me and I try to distill and capture my impression of that experience. A great part of my job is that I'm designing and painting scenes and objects I've had in my head since I was a kid.”


“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity>”

The record industry discovered some time ago that there aren’t many people who actually like music. For a lot of people, music’s annoying, or at the very least they don’t need it. They discovered if they could sell music to a lot of those people, they could sell a lot of records.
-T-Bone Burnett
(av: appropo. for any art form)


People are making their purchasing decisions less on the basis of hype and blind faith, and more on what they actually enjoy listening to. And that has really screwed up the trend-driven marketplace it too the major labels more than 40 years to perfect.
-LA Weekly article (above quote from same article; Sept. 24-30, 2004)

"The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back."
John Maynard Keynes


"Creativity is the act of solving problems, whether you are a doctor, farmer, painter, or plumber, etc., every profession is confronted with obstacles and unknowns that need to be solved. The great ones come up with solutions to those problems-that's creativity."
-Gary Koepke, Creative Director


"...sometimes you can use mediums themselves to comment on mediums, where you're using the system itself to get people thinking about the system."
-Aaron Koblin, Google Labs


"Courage is the self-affirmation of being in spite of the fact of non-being."
-Paul Tillich