It is the first vision that counts. Artists have only to remain true to their dream and it will possess their work in such a manner that it will resemble the work of no other artist -- for no two visions are alike, and those who reach for the heights have all toiled up the steep mountains by a different route. To each has been revealed a different panorama. -- Albert Pinkham Ryder
Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.
Any principle that requires admiration isn’t real. Any God who requires worship doesn’t exist.
The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
Clouds don’t worry about falling into the sea because they can’t (a) fall or (b) drown. But they are free to believe they can, and they may fear if they wish.
Most happy successful people at one time have considered suicide. They decided against it.
No matter how qualified or deserving you are, you will never reach a better life until you can imagine it for yourself and allow yourself to have it.
To love someone unconditionally is not to care who they are or what they do. Unconditional love, on the surface, looks the same as indifference.
Not being known doesn’t stop the truth from being true.
The only way to win sometimes is to surrender.
Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
Disaster is change. It’s opportunity in a loose-fitting hooded garment.
-- Richard Bach, Messiah’s Handbook ~ Reminders for the Advanced Soul
Things are there because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it, depends in the Arts that have influenced us. To look at a thing is very different form seeing a thing. One does not see anything until one sees its beauty. Then, and then only, does it come into existence. -- Oscar Wilde
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. -- Edith Wharton
The artist enriches the soul of humanity. The artist delights people with a thousand unsuspected shades of feeling. The artist reveals spiritual riches until then unknown, and gives people new reasons for loving life, new inner lights to guide them. -- Rodin
When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come. -- Leonardo da Vinci
We are not human beings on a spiritual journey, rather we are spiritual beings on a human journey. -- Pierre Teillhard de Chardin
The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel. -- Piet Mondrian
True teachers use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own. -- Nikos Kazantzakis
I shut my eyes in order to see. -- Paul Gauguin
Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit. Invoked or not invoked, the god is present. -- Motto chiseled into stone over the front door of Carl Jung’s house
Change is out catalyst of growth, the trigger catapulting you and I to new ways of viewing ourselves, through our lens of feelings, emotions and relationships….To the degree that you embrace compassion in your life, change passes gracefully, with ease. -- Gregg Braden, Walking Between the Worlds: The Science of Compassion
Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. -- Friedrich Nietzsche
Creativity is harnessing universality and making it flow through your eyes. -- Peter Koestenbaum
In the brush doing what it’s doing, it will stumble upon what one couldn’t do by oneself. -- Robert Motherwell
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. -- Judy Garland
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. -- Pablo Picasso
The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical. It is the power of all true art & science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms?this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the rank of devoutly religious men. -- Albert Einstein
Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist. -- Rene Magritte
The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir
The purpose of art is not a rarified, intellectual distillate?it is life, intensified, brilliant life. -- Alain Arias-Misson
The seed of God is in us: Pear seeds grow into pear trees; Hazel seeds grow into hazel trees, and God sees into God. -- Master Eckehart
Why indeed must God be a noun? Why not a verb…the most active and dynamic of all? -- Mary Daly
Darkness as well as light, must be embraced without judgment as part of creation, rather than a rival and renegade power outside of the One of all that is…To experience light in your life, allow for the possibility of darkness, as well as light…It is through our darkness that we know of our light….That wisdom is the science of compassion. -- Gregg Braden, Walking Between the Worlds: The Science of Compassion
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage. -- Lao-Tzu
What is to give light must endure burning. -- Viktor Frankl
If you judge people, you have no time to love them. -- Mother Theresa
The challenge to each human is creation. Will you create with reverence, or with neglect? -- Gary Zukav, The Seat of the Soul
I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.... -- Georgia O'Keefe
Healing proceeds from the depths to the heights. -- Carl Jung
Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things. -- Edgar Degas
When one is willing & eager, the gods join in. -- Aeschylus
One hallmark of compassion is the ability to witness an event in the absence of judgment. -- Gregg Braden, Walking Between the Worlds: The Science of Compassion
So great a power is there of the soul upon the body, that whichever way the soul imagines and dreams that it goes, thither doth it lead the body. -- Agrippa
Do not fear mistakes there are none. -- Miles Davis
I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do. -- Helen Keller